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College launches new Business Data Technician degree program

After gathering input and advice from regional businesses, Anoka Technical College is pleased to announce the new Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Business Data Technician program beginning fall semester 2016. The 60-credit program focuses on developing leadership and data analysis capabilities in students at all levels in organizations.

The in-demand nature of the field of business data technology is creating buzz around the new Anoka Tech program.

"Big Data is transforming the business world and driving better decisions everywhere,” said Julie Myers, Information Technology Instructor at Anoka Tech. "Many businesses and colleges recognize that this type of employee is needed to move the business forward in a data-driven world.”

Businesses are investing big-time in data analysis. Spending on big data and analytics will increase from $10 billion in 2012 to more than $32 billion in 2017, according to International Data Corporation, and that number is increasing. Entry-level positions in the field average $50K per year.

Graduates of the new program will be specialists in their field. Business data technicians use computers with specialized software to analyze data. In their analyses, the business data technician extracts and analyzes data, patterns and synthesizes the data into comprehensible information and conducts tests to find out the data’s reliability and validity. 

Business data technicians present the findings from their analyses and discuss the data’s limitations to prevent inaccurate conclusions from being drawn. They may present written reports, tables, charts and graphs to other team members and to clients.

Facts about Data Generation

  • 90% of the data in the world has been generated in the past two years - and that number is increasing.
  • Data generation is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20%-40% over the next 5 years. The volume of data worldwide is expected to double every 1.2 years.
  • Number of devices connected to IP networks will be nearly twice as high as the global population in 2018.

Source:  Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2013–2018 

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