Skagit Valley College is offering a new forward-thinking, interdisciplinary program that will allow students to serve as a contractor, consult for businesses, or get an entry level job in the area of information management and data science. The Information Management & Data Science (IMDS) program will focus on preparing students to lead and thrive in a cloud-driven industry and determine, analyze, and communicate relevant information and data in a variety of workplace settings. IMDS is an interdisciplinary and technologically forward-thinking two-year degree focusing on the theory, organization, and process of data collection, transmission, analysis, and utilization. IMDS focuses on four broad areas:
- Professional communication
- Business leadership
- Decision making
- Systems design, development, operations
Content includes information classification and organization; information storage and processing; communications; systems planning and design; human interfacing and use analysis; database development; information policy analysis; and related aspects of software, economics, social factors, and capacity. Students will acquire invaluable experience in teamwork, decision making, leadership, and develop a growth mindset right along with learning essential technology skills.
Sample Career Options
Data science and analytics continue to raise demand in the market, and there are concerns that the future workforce is dangerously behind demand. Companies expect their employees and contractors to be able to effectively analyze data and information. The national average salary for experienced data-related engineers is approximately $135,164 USD/year which is 9% above the national salary average. Approximately $109,745 USD/year is the average salary for data-related engineers in the State of Washington, which is 12% below the national data-related engineer average. The average salary for Data Analysts Salaries in Washington State based on salaries estimated from 81 employees, users and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months as of June 6, 2019 is $71,623 USD/year.
- Data Analysts salaries for a candidate with less than one year of experience is estimated at approximately $54,100 USD/year and approximately $60,300 USD/year for prospective employees with 1 to 5 years of experience.
- Computer and Information Systems, Database administration, and Technical Writing have an average annual wage between $62,563 to $157,980.