College Majors, Internships & Certifications

Education is the foundation to beginning a career in Information Technology and Data Analysis. But sometimes it is very difficult to decide where to begin. There are so many different paths that can be taken, so how do you know which one to choose? The answer is that there is no right answer; however there are many options that will do the best job in preparing you for the path you decide to take. Here are some of them.

College Majors

There are many areas of emphasis related to the field of IT and Data Analysis and, the truth is, you must do the research to choose the one(s) that best fit the type of job you would like to pursue. Some of the top majors in this field include:graduation-907565_1280

  • Computer Science
  • Business Administration
  • Data Analytics
  • Math/Statistics
  • Information Management
  • Economics

These majors compose the list of top majors in the field because the demand for the skills that these degrees teach are very high. Most all businesses in society today use a variety of hardware and software programs that require specific skills to be able to operate. It is recommended that students earn their Master’s in one of these areas of emphasis to be able to utilize these skills effectively in the ever-changing world of technology.


To be able to climb the corporate ladder, it is highly encouraged that individuals earn a certificate pertaining to the field. There are so many options for certificates so pick one that compliments your major but is also interesting to you personally. Here are some of the top certifications in the field:

  • SAS Certifications – there are many of these that relate to different jobs
  • Data Science Associate
  • Certified Data Management Professional
  • Certified Analytics Professional
  • Certified Information Security Manager
  • Adobe Certified Expert


Internships are a very effective way to get experience and make connections in whatever field you are pursuing. These opportunities will give you the opportunity to learn from those who have experience in the field and give you a look into the daily routines related to the position. It is recommended that you get this experience before you graduate and begin searching for an entry-level job. Here are some popular internships in the field:

  • Data Analyst Intern
  • Big Data Technical Intern
  • Quantitative Analyst Intern
  • IT (Research) Intern
  • Statistics/Research Intern
  • Data Scientist Intern