Turn Big Data into Big Ideas with New TWU Informatics Degrees
By introducing bachelor’s degrees in both informatics and health informatics, along with a brand-new master’s degree in informatics, TWU is responding to the needs of today’s employers. The university has added 39 new informatics courses, creating a multifaceted program with a total graduate/undergraduate portfolio of more than 70 courses. The Jobs Rated Almanac for 2015 lists informatics-related fields in its top 10 salaries, including:
- #6 Data Scientist: average income $124,149
- #10 Computer Systems Analyst: average income $81,150
Average Salaries for Informatics Jobs in Dallas, TX
In a historic moment for TWU, the first two graduates of the university's new informatics program crossed the stage during May's commencement ceremony to accept their diplomas. Both Andrea Mapua, recipient of a bachelor of science degree in health informatics with a clinical applications minor, and Kimberly Sehannie, recipient of a bachelor of science degree in health informatics with a health studies minor, have received multiple job offers and accepted positions within their field.
A New Frontier for Women
Although the tech industry has typically been a male-dominated field, there are a number of available jobs particularly appealing to women looking to get in on the ground floor of a developing market. For those interested in all of the challenges and rewards a job in technology has to offer, TWU’s new degree programs provide the tools women need to embark upon an engaging career path with unlimited opportunities.
“By encouraging me to network with other female students and engage in conversations with supportive professors, TWU has given me the confidence I need to succeed in a traditionally male-dominated industry.— Andrea Mapua, TWU health informatics undergraduate student and intern at the University of Texas at Dallas Center for Brain Health
Working at the Intersection of Technology and Society
The skills gained with these degrees are in high demand. Within the healthcare industry alone, there currently is a need for up to 70,000 clinical informatics specialists/analysts in fields such as nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Also, as of 2014, all healthcare providers are now required under federal mandate to file medical records electronically, with more industries expected to follow suit in the coming years. This means unprecedented job growth for trained informatics professionals.
Data Scientist Job Trends
“We’re always looking at the career needs of the 21st century so our students can stay on the cutting edge of the current job market.— Jennifer Martin, interim TWU provost and vice president of academic affairs
Why Informatics at TWU?
“Informaticists work in a wide range of high demand and high paying career fields. At TWU, we’ve taken a broad-based, interprofessional approach to this degree program. Our emphasis on interdisciplinary education puts the university in an ideal position to bring together the fields of math, computer science, nursing, health studies and more.— Don Edwards, professor and chair of the TWU Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
By building on the success of TWU’s popular informatics certificate — a five-course program that allows working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to supplement their training and boost their career prospects — our faculty have designed a curriculum of flexible, hybrid courses that will thoroughly prepare students for life after graduation. Each class is customized to create an interprofessional environment, allowing students from different disciplines to work side-by-side, collaborating in the classroom before teaming up in the workplace.
As one of only two Texas universities with a bachelor’s degree in informatics, and one of only three Texas universities offering a master’s degree in informatics, TWU is at the forefront of an increasingly competitive field. By anticipating employer needs and combining small class sizes with dedicated faculty, TWU is turning today’s informatics graduates into tomorrow’s technology leaders.