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Studying Data Science and Analytics

Data science and analytics is a subject that makes sense of formless data. It is an interdisciplinary field incorporating elements of mathematics, statistics, economics and computer science. Data science professionals use a combination of statistical tools, computer software to manipulate, present and extract insights and trends from raw data collected from various sources. Raw data can come from social media, card transactions, surveys, scientific data sets, sensors and mobile data.

By processing this raw data, data science and analytics professionals can answer questions related to business and sales enhancement, scientific problems and policy issues. For this reason, these professional are hired by public, private and academic sectors.

Some of the most sought-after French universities, colleges and institutes you could study at are:

  • EPITA
  • ESAIP Engineering School
  • Skema School of Business
  • College de Paris
  • Rennes School of Business
  • INSEEC Business School

Salary and Career Prospects

Data science and analytics graduates find work in virtually every company in every sector, including IT and tech (Microsoft, Apple), retail and hospitality (Hilton, Carrefour), banks (BNP Paribas, Société Générale), pharmaceutical companies (Sanofi, Novartis) and the government.

Some of the roles they take up are Data Scientist, Data Scientist (Analytics), Data Analyst, Quantitative Analyst and Business Intelligence Analyst.

Salaries vary based on experience, qualifications, skills and location. As a guide, cyber security professionals earn around €48,000 a year (38 lakhs INR).

Why study in France?

France is a popular study destination for international students. Some of French universities are several centuries old and are held in high esteem across the world.

The country is one of the largest economies in both Europe and the world. It has spawned conglomerates like Airbus, AXA, BNP Paribas and Capgemini. In addition to these, several tech, banking and financial services giants like Google, HSBC and Microsoft operate out of here.

France is the most visited country in the world and is the fashion, food, wine and art capital of the world. French cuisine, fashion, literature and films have a strong influence on rest of the world. Brands like Chanel, Dior, L’Oreal are French in origin. France hosts world-famous events like Cannes Film Festival and Tour de France.

Paris, the capital of France, is among the world’s biggest and most beautiful cities. It has spectacular museums and art galleries, grand hotels, cafes and restaurants, luxury retail stores and literature and film houses.

French is the national language, although people living in big cities can speak English to varying degrees of fluency.

International students are able to apply for a post study work permit lasting up to 2 years.

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