Integrating the Use of Statistical Software into Undergraduate Political Methodology Courses
By David S. Brown, University of Colorado, Boulder, Katherine V. Bryant, Westmont College, Andrew Q. Philips, University of Colorado
It is widely recognized that statistical, programming, data science, and analytic skills give students a strategic advantage on the job market and in their future career. The American Statistical Association predicted that by 2021, 70% of business leaders will prefer candidates with data science skills. This demand is expected to keep growing, with projections of 28% growth during the last five years. Jobs that require coding skills pay, on average, $22,000 more per year than those that do not, and almost half of all jobs paying more than $58,000 require at least some level of coding. In acknowledgment of this trend, higher education has added degrees, programs, and courses in data science and emphasized a greater need for data literacy among students. Students also are recognizing the utility of these skills because they now are often requirements for jobs beyond the business or physical science world, including education, healthcare, nonprofits, and even the wine industry.