To date, we’ve asked 23 current and past data science students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

The major you choose will have a lasting effect on your career.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a data science degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a data science degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are data science students compared to other degrees?

Overall, data science students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.5 out of 5. For context, data science students rate their happiness similarly to students in Social Work, Psychology and Economics.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to data science

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Interdisciplinary Studies$69,485
Physical Sciences$80,161
Social Work$41,466
Data Science$94,328
Psychology$52,323
Economics$101,313
Law and Related Legal Studies$62,688
Public Administration and Social Services$59,336

Let's break that down further.

Are data science students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
4.0 out of 5 stars
27 ratings
5 stars
41%
4 stars
30%
3 stars
22%
2 stars
4%
1 stars
4%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.8 out of 5 stars
29 ratings
5 stars
34%
4 stars
28%
3 stars
21%
2 stars
7%
1 stars
7%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in data science experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did data science graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what data science grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.9 out of 5 stars
27 ratings
5 stars
30%
4 stars
37%
3 stars
22%
2 stars
11%
1 stars
0%

We can see there’s a cluster of positive responses, which might indicate a strong or growing job market.

Were data science students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.5 out of 5 stars
23 ratings
5 stars
26%
4 stars
22%
3 stars
35%
2 stars
9%
1 stars
9%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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