Professional Certificate in Data Analysis for Decision-Making

Learn how to make data-driven decisions with confidence.

Pursue the Program

What you will learn


How to apply critical thinking skills when working with data


How to use Microsoft Excel to organize and clean data and create a data analysis plan


Use Tableau to create meaningful tables and graphical representations to organize and visually present data


Identify key take away points from data analysis and integrate them with other important information


Critically assess graphical representations for accuracy and misrepresentation of data

Program Overview

Demand for data analysis skills are projected to grow in the U.S. 21% over the next 10 years, over four times the rate of the overall labor market. Fields like Data Science, Data Analytics, and Statistics are expected to grow up to 34%. According to the World Economic Forum, emerging global demand for data analytics skills across occupations is contributing to a “race for talent,” with more jobs available than qualified candidates. According to Burning Glass Technologies research, hybrid, more complex roles which combine field-centric skills with data analysis competencies are up to 40% higher paying than their single-focus counterparts, are high-growth, and immune to the threat of automation.

This Professional Certificate program prepares students, working professionals, and decision makers to become data literate in both their professional and personal lives. In today’s data-driven world, data literacy will transform you into a “data citizen,” allowing you to communicate and make decisions based upon facts with confidence. You will emerge as a champion for a data literate culture.

You will gain an understanding of how to use data visualization, big data, data collection, and analytical tools to better understand business challenges and inform the decision-making process.

This program is valuable for students and professionals who want to go beyond data analysis software proficiency to develop the ability to read, write, and communicate using data in context, including an understanding of data sources and constructs.

Several calendar pages.

Time to completion

3 months
6-8 hours per week

Job Outlook

Demand for data analysis skills are projected to grow in the U.S. 21% over the next 10 years.

Fields like Data Science, Data Analytics, and Statistics are expected to grow up to 34%.

Non-data jobs that require and use data analysis skills are up to 40% higher-paying than their single-focus counterparts.

Courses

Take the first step to becoming a leader in data-driven decision-making. 

In this course, you will learn how critical thinking is an essential data literacy skill in today’s data-driven world. You’ll begin by considering how you use data every day, discussing the value of data and examining the transformation of data from analogue to digital forms.

Enroll in the Data Literacy Foundations course on edX

See more details about this Data Literacy Foundations course on edx.org, including pricing, prerequisites, and more.

Learn to use Excel to organize and clean data so it can be manipulated and analyzed.

In this robust course, you will learn how to organize your data within the Microsoft Office Excel software tool. You will gain a solid foundation in using advanced excel functions such as pivot tables and vlookup to organize and analyze data sets. 

Enroll in the Data Processing and Analysis with Excel course on edX

See more details about this Data Processing and Analysis with Excel course on edx.org, including pricing, prerequisites, and more.

Use Tableau to explore data and discover insights to innovate data-driven decision-making.

Whether you are in a data-centric role or just need to add data skills to take your job or career to the next level, this course will provide the foundation and skills to get started

Enroll in the Data Representation and Visualization in Tableau course on edX

See more details about this Data Representation and Visualization in Tableau course on edx.org, including pricing, prerequisites, and more.

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