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Information Management & Data Science

Program Details

Companies and organizations of all types accumulate huge amounts of data, but they often struggle to make sense of it. In this two-year interdisciplinary degree, you’ll have opportunities to develop skills that turn data into actionable insights—helping companies make decisions, measure results, and stay ahead of the competition.

Designed For

Those with an interest in data programming, statistical techniques, predictive analytics, machine learning algorithms and using data to inform decision-making. This program combines people, technology, and data to improve business practices, models, marketing, and customer relations. If you’re computer-savvy and have strong math skills, this program may be a good fit for you.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to apply statistical techniques to manage information, analyze data and interpret results.
  • What data science processes look like for fields like business, marketing and research.
  • How to develop a data pipeline.
  • How to use computer programming to create data visualization for presentation.
  • How to complete real-world projects—start to finish—that can demonstrate information/data management skills to employers.
  • If you plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree, this program will prepare you to transfer.

Expanding Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Information Management and Data Science professional are needed to meet the growing demand. Washington State ranks among the top five states for highest concentration of data science jobs and highest salaries.

Projected Growth:

  • Nationally: 16%
  • Washington state: 48%

Annual Wage Range:

  • Between $62,563 and $157,980 with an average salary closer to $70,000.

Upon completion, you can find jobs in organizations, as independent contractors, and with service providers in positions like Data Research Support, Business Data Analyst, Market Research Data Analyst, Junior Operations Analyst, or Junior Data Engineer.

Ways to Pay for College

At SVC, tuition is less than half the cost of a public four-year college, and a fraction of the cost of a private university. If you plan on transferring, starting your first two years here could save you thousands. And, we can help you learn about ways to pay your tuition.

  • Did you file the FAFSA? The best way to start looking for money for college is to fill out the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA (or WASFA) figures out if you qualify for grants, loans, and/or on-campus jobs – and many scholarship applications require it. You might be surprised to see what you qualify for!
  • Why not apply for a scholarship? You don’t need to be number one in your class or an all-star athlete to get money for college. Scholarships can be need-based, merit-based, or based on things like your hobbies, field of study, and more. Find out about scholarships and requirements so you don’t miss a chance to get money for college.
  • If you’re a veteran, you may be entitled to education benefits and reduced tuition.
  • You might qualify for special tuition funding through Worker Retraining, or while funds are available, eligible Skagit Valley College students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis may qualify for emergency funding.
  • Even if you plan on paying for your education out-of-pocket, you can arrange to set-up a payment plan.

Whether you’re experiencing job loss, you want to earn more, or you’re looking for career advancement, earning a college degree will increase your earning potential for life. For every $1 you invest in your education, you’ll gain an average $4.10 in future earnings, according to the State Board for Community and Technical College’s economic impact study.

Meet the Instructor

Learn from industry experts. At SVC, your instructor is a real-world expert with firsthand knowledge in their field—and they’re excited to pass that knowledge on to you!

Contact: Lynnette Bennett, Dean for Instruction – Program Development

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