Data Sciences job growth is expected to grow more than 200% over next 10 years, with each industry and each of processes getting digitized. Data is the new “gold” and every company and teams are looking for data analysts, data scientists, data engineer to hire. However, to be successful in data science career, students and young professionals need to get hands on experience.
If the student is applying to some of the highly competitive colleges (top 50 colleges), better to apply to more colleges as chances of getting into any of them is less than 10%. If the student is applying to colleges where admission rates are 30-60%, a list of 10-12 colleges may suffice unless one wants to throw a wide net to see which colleges provide what aid to the student. Creation of college list is a mix of art and science, with goal of maximizing results and options across different types of colleges.