Future demands for big data analysts and specialists in machine learning are at the heart of a new Bachelor of Computer Science degree being launched in 2016.

Head of Griffith’s School of Information and Communication Technology, Professor Michael Blumenstein, said graduates equipped with majors including data sciences and artificial intelligence will be well placed to ride the wave of these future job prospects.

“Shifts towards digital media collection and using information sourced from individual devices have well and truly entered the business sector,” Professor Blumenstein said.

“Known as data mining, companies are collecting personal data and putting it to use in the marketing landscape, opening up a new era in the job market to those skilled in artificial intelligence and data science,” he said.

“Griffith will be the first university in Queensland to offer such qualifications and the new degree will open up career opportunities for data analysts, data scientists and cyber security specialists.”

Prospective students will be able to find out more about these and other jobs of the future, at theGriffith University Open Dayon theGold Coast campusonJuly 26from9am to 2pm.

Solving job needs now

Professor Blumenstein said onseek.comthere were currently almost 4000 businesses advertising for data analysts alone.

“This is a very exciting space. We are not just future proofing, this degree will actually solve the career needs right now in these areas,” he said.

“The new jobs of the future will be in big data, data analytics, machine learning, and cyber security – and businesses will need to hire the people who can do that.

In the field of artificial intelligence, Griffithis rated the number one university in Queensland, and is one of only five universities in the country with an Excellence in Research for Australia rankingof 4 (above world standard).

Griffith’s School of ICT is also ranked number one nationally for student satisfaction following a recent Course Experience Questionnaire completed by graduates from all Australian universities.

Experts like Professor Blumenstein will be available to answer questions at the Gold Coast campus Open Day, along with being able to view the facilities and where you could be studying next year.

This is the first time in seven years that the Gold Coast Open Day has been shifted to a new date – July 26. This will give everyone in South East Queensland the opportunity to find out about all the career study options available at the Gold Coast Campus.

They will then also have the chance to attend Griffith Open Days at the Nathan and South Bank campuses on August 9.

Download the 2015 Griffith Open Day App to pre-register and start planning your Griffith Open Day experience.

For more information on courses available at the Gold Coast campus visit here.