New Survey From Tableau Finds the Need for Data Literacy on the Rise
SEATTLE, June 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Tableau, the world's leading analytics platform (NYSE: CRM), announced new findings from a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on Tableau's behalf, The Great Data Literacy Gap: Demand For Data Skills Exceeds Supply, to help better understand the gap and what can be done to close it.
While recruiters rated data literacy skills as most important, only 48% of academic institutions actually have data literacy skills initiatives in place. The Forrester study found that "While 96% of education decision-makers say they consider which skills recruiters value when designing curriculum, only 39% say they have a strong understanding of what recruiters are looking for today." Academics ranked data skills second to last in order of how successful institutions are in imparting workplace skills that they feel are effectively preparing students for the workforce.
However, when Forrester surveyed human resource recruiters and academics to assess the skills needed in the workforce versus what was actually being taught in the classroom, they found that data skills have risen in importance over the past five years and the trend isn't likely to stop soon. Recruiters ranked data literacy as the skill in the highest demand for entry-level candidates today. In addition, they said it is the skill that has grown the most in-demand over the last five years and will increase the most in importance over the next five years.
Everyone from human resources and marketing to sales and customer support will need to have at least a solid foundation in data lteracy in order to succeed in the modern workforce. Which is why it is important now more than ever, that universities help bridge this gap and incorporate data literacy training in all academic departments and across disciplines.
Since 2011, Tableau has enabled more than 1.7 million students and instructors with critical data skills via the Tableau Academic Program. The program is designed to help close this data literacy gap by empowering students and teachers with free software, learning resources and programs that help build these important skills. The Tableau Academic Program offers:
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