Online Certifications for Data Analytics & Data Science
Updated: Jan 26, 2022
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The Guide from last week was a first in the series of Guides we have planned for Certifications. This week, we bring to you our next topic - Data Analytics & Data Sciences.
Why a Certification of Data Analytics?
As per a lot of experts, demand for "armchair data scientists" i.e. those without formal qualifications or degree in the subject with the skills and knowledge to analyze data in their everyday work, is predicted to outstrip demand for traditionally qualified data scientists in the coming years.
This means that a lot of people who have had a gap in employment can upgrade their skills and knowledge in this field and make themselves ready for the job market. But the question arises, - What Certifications should we look at to improve our chances of employability?
The internet is filled with resources and courses for any subject on this earth. Which is why it becomes imperative for Immigrants like us to find and complete our certifications in the correct course.
The idea is to have certifications in our Resume that are recognized industry wide.
Below, we have shortlisted some of the most sought after Analytics courses that will improve your chance of scoring a job as well as will keep you updated with the requisite skills. Please note that we've listed only the basic ones for beginners (barring a few). This should be helpful for those who are just starting out.
Note: Not all courses are free. Some might require you to pay some fees. However, think of these fees as an investment towards your future.
Top Data analytics certifications
AWS Data Analytics Certification
AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty is intended for individuals with experience and expertise working with AWS services to design, build, secure, and maintain analytics solutions.
While the course material is free, the certification itself is paid. However, AWS Data Analytics Certification is one of the most sought after throughout the industry.
Google analytics certification (Free)
Analytics Academy helps you learn about Google's measurement tools so that you can grow your business through intelligent data collection and analysis.
Google has made all its certifications free since the beginning of the pandemic and it does have some great certifications to offer. Do check them out.
IBM Data science professional Certificate
Kickstart your career in data science & ML. Build data science skills, learn Python & SQL, analyze & visualize data, build machine learning models. No degree or prior experience required.
Microsoft Data Analytics
Businesses need data analysis more than ever. In this learning path, you will learn about the life and journey of a data analyst, the skills, tasks, and processes they go through in order to tell a story with data so trusted business decisions can be made. You will learn how the suite of Power BI tools and services are used by a data analyst to tell a compelling story through reports and dashboards, and the need for true BI in the enterprise.
Data Science - Harvard
This actually is not a certification. But this is one of the best resource out there to learn about Data Science.
All of the class materials and lectures for Harvard's data science course are made freely available online, so they can be studied at your own pace. You may not end up with a degree from one of the world's most prestigious universities, but the course is detailed and technical enough to make an expert of you by the end.
The course is part of a data science degree and constructed for students who have prior knowledge of, or are also studying, core fields such as programming, Maths, and statistics. However, there are enough free resources out there on those subjects to make this a viable option for those outside of academia, if you are dedicated enough.
We hope that this information is useful to all of you. Like we said, these are not the only certifications available out there. But these are industry recognized and will definitely help you in the long run. Do let us know in the comments below if you liked this Guide and what other topics do you want us to create a Guide on.
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