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DOST, TESDA offer courses for data analysts as demand seen to increase

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will offer free online training courses for data analysts amid the increase in demand for such professionals.

According to JP Soriano’s report on “24 Oras,” many jobs are available to fill by unemployed Filipinos, especially in the data science and analytics sector, but the skills remain underdeveloped or mismatched.

In order to address the skills mismatch and shortage, DOST, TESDA, and some universities operated by the local government units have begun to offer data analysis training to cater to unemployed individuals, even high school graduates.

“Based on our study na by 2028 we need 500,000 analytics professional. Estimate is only for the IT industry, it can be more,” Sherwin Pelayo, executive director of Analytics Association of the Philippines, said.

Data analysts are not only needed in call center companies but are also in demand in various business sectors. Entry level salary can go as high as P25,000 per month.

“Kausap namin ang mga industry members namin ang sabi nila basta ito naturuan ito sa senior high school iha-hire namin yang mga yan,” Pelayo said.

“Dapat itong mga sector na ito ang tinatanong kasi sila naman yung nakakaalam kung ano yung mga demands sa mga workplace,” Justine Raagas, executive director of Philippine Business for Education said.

The Department of Trade and Industry said it important to know the skills set needed by companies, and to train people based on these needs to ensure their employability after graduation.—Sherylin Untalan/LDF, GMA Integrated News