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Seton Hill sets up students for Big Data jobs

| Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, 4:02 p.m.

Nowadays, data is everything.

From start-up companies to professional sports franchises, employers need employees who can handle it - a lot of it.

Seton Hill University is positioned to help career-ready graduates become those sought-after employees. Available online and instructed by credentialed faculty members with experiences working for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, courses are designed to professionally certify students in the growing world of big data.

Lisa Fox is already living in that world. And though working in telecommunications, she is enrolled in Seton Hill University and pursuing a Data Analytics (Big Data) Certificate.

It's a win-win-win situation, because Fox is updating skills for her current job and upgrading her future possibilities. Also, she is having fun.

"I am enjoying the class," Fox says. "It is definitely challenging for a non-traditional student like myself. It makes me think."

Admittedly, Fox was not sure she would favor a "totally online" course. But so far, so good - thanks to the reputable personal touch that Seton Hill University prizes as part of its higher-education initiatives.

"Our instructor (is more like) a mentor," Fox says, and "has been available and quick to respond on any questions I may have."

Students can earn professional certificates for Software Application Development in addition to the Data Analytics (Big Data) fields.

For students such as Fox, skills acquired with the Data Analytics Certificate will include: analyzing massive data sets, discovering data patterns and predictive models, applying analytics to any domain and becoming a thought leader.

The Software Application Development Certificate is equally valuable and perhaps even more exciting for students seeking to brag to friends about a "cool career."

Every Smartphone works because of software-development experts. By obtaining a Software Application Development Certificate from Seton Hill University , a student will be able to complete front-end and back-end work that is necessary for all mobile-friendly websites and apps to become successful for users and companies.

Pay Scale's website reports average regional entry-level salaries of $51,054 for data analysts and $58,322 for software developers - a nice starting point in an area where the median household income is $55,702. Pittsburgh has experienced a 12-percent growth in tech jobs over the past two years.

Its Data Analytics and Software Application Development certificates are supported by Seton Hill University's award-winning Career & Professional Development Center , where the big statistics are 96-percent career/graduate school placement for undergraduates and 97 percent placement for Master's programs.

Those numbers far exceed national averages .

Those graduates are working for the likes of Amazon, Boeing and the Pittsburgh Steelers or continuing studies at Penn State College of Medicine or universities such as Pitt and Texas A&M.

So, when a Seton Hill University student like Fox says she is going for a Data Analytics Certificate, all students everywhere might want to listen to her reasoning.

"To update my skills for my current job and to make myself more marketable for other opportunities," Fox says.

Those interested in an online Data Analytics or Software Development can start as early as January 2018.

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