Interested in a career in data analysis? Here’s how to learn in-demand skills for free

By Faye Penn

Curious about the growing field of data analysis — but lacking experience? Ever dream about using numbers to paint the bigger picture?

The Data Analyst Training Accelerator (DATA) program may be for you. 

This free, 18-week program is offered through a partnership between New York City and Galvanize, a top tech bootcamp academy. The full-time course equips qualified New Yorkers with in-demand skills including Excel, SQL and Python — as well as career-advancement skills — and connects students to employers. 

The accelerator is offered through NYC’s Tech Talent Pipeline program and Galvanize, which serves as the training provider. 

The next cohort begins August 9 and is completely free for qualified New Yorkers. 

Apply online by July 21. 

Through real-world projects, you’ll graduate with a competitive portfolio to present to top employers at DATA’s job fair.

Demand for early-career data analysts, with 0-2 years of experience, has surged by 112% in the last five years.

DATA aims to meet the demand by growing the city’s talent pool.

“The Data Analyst Training Accelerator program will help underrepresented and low-income New Yorkers access lucrative careers in a growing industry,”said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. 

Galvanize CEO Harsh Patel said,“Galvanize is dedicated to closing the skills gap that exists in technology today, and we’re thrilled that the City of New York not only recognizes this need as well, but has dedicated resources toward equipping New Yorkers with the tools they need to participate in the city’s growing technology economy today and in the future.”

Women are hugely underrepresented in the data analytics field, making up only about 17% of the workforce. Through programs like DATA, women can gain the skills they need to succeed in the tech industry. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • You are at least 18 years old and a current resident of New York City
  • You have no prior professional experience as a data analyst
  • You are unemployed or earn less than $45,000 a year
  • You are authorized to work in the United States

For more information about DATA, click here