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Big Data Developers

Education and Training Requirements

High School

You’ll need at least an associate's degree to work in big data, so it’s a good idea to take a college preparatory curriculum in high school. Take as many computer science classes—data analytics, database management, computer programming, computer security, and software development—as possible. Algebra, calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics classes will help you to build your math, analytical, and critical-thinking skills. Other helpful courses include English and speech (because you’ll need to be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing), a foreign language (especially if you plan to work outside the United States), art/design (so that you can present your findings visually), and psychology (to better understand how people think). If you plan to launch your own business, you should take business, marketing, and accounting classes.

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