Aligning education and the workforce
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
A new paper by the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) finds the demand for data analysts steadily rising in the country but higher educational institutions are not producing enough graduates to fill the positions.
The policy note titled “Aligning higher education with demands for data science workforce” said skills needed for data science and analytics in the country remain underdeveloped in the Philippine workforce.
“With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, however, comes the increasing demand for data science and analytics workforce which can help mitigate this issue on employment. Sadly, DSA skills remain underdeveloped among the Philippine workforce,” PIDS said.
The study found that several undergraduate degrees in the country have been providing the pathway for DSA professionals but currently do not provide specific training. These include computer science, business administration, statistics, mathematics, information technology, library and information science, economics, physics, industrial engineering, and civil engineering. Among these programs, industrial engineering and computer science provided the best stepping stones to a DSA career.
Given the projected demand for DSA, the government agencies concerned and higher education institutions must work closer to align the needs and fill the gaps to produce qualified workers, generate employment, and strengthen the workforce to facilitate the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that the country must maximize if our economy is to progress to the next level.*