NC State, which has one of the oldest advanced analytics degree programs in the country (entering its 7th year), has impressive employment statistics to share, as well. In 2013, 96% of the 81 students graduating had job offers in hand, with 93% placed at jobs by graduation day. Students had an average of 15 initial interviews each, with 136 employers involved in the process. Average base salary offer was $95,700 or, for those with experience, $104,500. Students reported 232 job offers and, here's a stat I really like, 100% were in the US.
The first official graduating class of LSU's Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program is seeing some impressive job placement. Nearly all of the 16 students who graduated this spring received job offers before graduation and averaged two job offers per student. LSU offered a pilot program of 10 students in 2011-2012 and all of the students who were seeking jobs obtained employment in the analytics field within a few weeks of graduation.
With rare exceptions (surgeons) you don't need a degree to learn anything. But, unfortunately, you often need a degree to prove you know something -- because HR/recruiters are too lazy/busy to ask you to verify your proficiency in other ways.
You don't need to get a degree to learn advanced statistics or business management. indeed, university professors will teach you outdated material. Also, recruiters might not be the best way to find a job. Finally, applying for open positions might not be the best way to have a rewarding career and find happiness.
@urbie4 -- I like that you were able to sign up for an MBA program for your own edification rather than with career pursuits in mind. I doubt many people have such luxury, especially given the cost of higher ed today. That's a pity. We could all benefit from expanding our thinking "just because" rather than always having to cost-justify the pursuit of knowledge!
@Beth: Fair enough -- this trend is certainly not unique to the analytics biz, and it's one of my standard pet peeves... I did listen to most of your interview with Jacque, and her view is pretty much in line with what's happening in other industries, e.g., software (I stack my resume with every buzzword that's even vaguely related to technical writing, because that seems to be the only way to get through the filters these days!). As for the MBA, I didn't sign up with the idea that it would do much for my career -- oddly enough, I just like to know more about how organizations work, pick up some more economics, operations management, marketing, and stuff like that. These days, you get hired based on specific skills, not big-picture stuff... no argument there!