The Collins College of Business has introduced two new minors in cyber security and business analytics, highlighting areas in which the need for highly skills professionals is rapidly expanding. In addition to the two new minors, students also have the option to minor in healthcare informatics, which represents another growing industry need.
Cyber Security Minor
In today’s global business climate that relies heavily on information and infrastructure, the threat of security breaches and cyber attacks remains constant. Cyber attacks are increasing in frequency and potency, and can result in the disruption of important business systems, release of confidential information and data theft — all of which pose serious risks for any organization. From protecting the critical infrastructure that controls the nation’s energy supplies to securing financial transactions and patient data records for companies that span the globe, cyber security is a growing necessity in every industry.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for cyber security professionals who can plan and implement security measures that protect an organization’s computer networks, systems and data is expected to grow 18 percent through 2024. Forbes estimates the number of jobs available in the cyber security market to rise from 1 to 6 million across the globe by 2019.
Partnering with the Computer Science program in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, the Collins College of Business has introduced a minor in cyber security that is ideal for students majoring in computer information systems.
Learn more about the minor in cyber security here.
Business Analytics Minor
Across all disciplines and industry sectors, graduates possessing analytics and quantitative skills are in high demand. An understanding of analytics has the potential to add value to almost any career path. Technology has enabled firms to adopt sophisticated data collection methods, netting powerful information that can help build a competitive advantage, improve the customer experience or increase operational efficiency. These advancements have created a growing need for professionals who can analyze and interpret large sets of data, commonly referred to as “Big Data,” to power strategic corporate initiatives.
The Collins College of Business offers a minor in business analytics to help fill this growing workforce gap. The objective is to produce graduates having the combined knowledge in analytics and other disciplines to address the challenges of today’s high-tech, fast-paced business environment.
Find out more about the minor in business analytics here.
Healthcare Informatics Minor
As technology evolves, so does the patient experience in hospitals, clinics and other medical institutions. Healthcare informatics is an emerging field that combines technology with healthcare to support better patient outcomes by transforming the planning, delivery and management of healthcare.
Offered through the Collins College of Business, TU’s healthcare informatics minor was created to meet a growing demand for professionals who understand healthcare, information systems and rapidly changing technology. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates a 49% growth in demand for trained individuals who can serve as administrators, specialists, consultants, educators and researchers at organizations such as healthcare facilities, government agencies and the military, academic institutions and community-based organizations.
Click here to learn more about the healthcare informatics minor.