Hello potetntial Actuary / You may not be called Data Scientist -- but you are almost wanting to do very much similar work except on the Risk to Value concepts / LIfe / P&C etc. Actuaries would like to keep it that way -- that is a legally evaluating cos. Not any different than Lawyer and Doctors .. Those are all highly known through out in the society and would want as such for their own careers.
I've toyed with the idea that the new approach to college may be two years of basic work, then get people out into the workforce to get a sense of whether they like their chosen field, and feed them the remaining years of education over maybe 10 years, so they can also grow within the job and see how their coursework fits into the workday.
Yes, PRodouctivity from the Start -- is more or less the norm. Since the starting salaries are pretty high , acroos the Math CS / OR / Stat / Analytics makjors .. especiallly with even few yrs experience .. Not as great as MBA may be but soon will be there ..
Louis. We probably have to separate the companies that say they want people to continue to learn from those who actually act on that wish. However, I think you're see more action in this area in the coming years.
At least you were close in chosing that major. I think I've seen over the decades that probably a third of people end up working long term in that major area (and a high percentage of those are in narrowly focused areas like elementary ed).
I saw Michael's presentation live during A2014. What I found interesting about the NC State program was the amount of real-world analytics work that the masters students do during their year in the program.