Emerging Careers of the Future

With huge growth projected across most computer science fields, Maryville's new tech-focused certificates are a quick and convenient way for students to build the skills and knowledge these future-forward industries require.

Maryville University is launching nine new technology-centered online certificate programs to help students prepare for some of the most in-demand and lucrative career opportunities on the market.

These standalone credentials represent a parallel path for students who aren’t necessarily seeking a full college degree but want to upskill, reskill or advance in their careers.

“We’ve spoken with employers and employees across industries, and it’s clear that the workforce is changing,” said Jennifer Yukna, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “People hoping to grow professionally, or shift careers entirely, need more options to help them build skills to keep up and become job-ready, quickly.”

There are seven certificates available for students seeking college credit. The bachelor’s and post-baccalaureate certificate programs can be completed in approximately five or six courses:

Bachelor’s Level (college credit)
1. Artificial Intelligence
2. Cybersecurity
3. Data Science
4. Software Development
5. User Experience/User Interface (UX/UI)

Post-Baccalaureate Level (college credit)
6. Big Data
7. Machine Learning

In addition, Maryville University is launching two digital business-focused certificates through a partnership with Pearson Advance, an online platform that brings learners easy access to flexible online courses and certificates run by top universities around the nation. These non-credit certificate programs can be completed in as few as 10 weeks:

1. Digital Marketing
2. Digital Sales Operations

Designed with input from employers in the field and taught by experienced practitioners, the new certificate programs aim to get students career-ready so they can take advantage of the many opportunities in the growing field.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in fields related to computer science is projected to grow 11% between 2019 and 2029 — nearly three times the average growth projected across all industries.

The new online certificates build on nearly 150 years of academic excellence at Maryville and a tradition of innovation.

“We have always understood that education isn’t one-size-fits-all,” said Katherine Louthan, Dean of the School of Adult and Online Education. “Different students have different circumstances and considerations, and Maryville is committed to being as inclusive and accommodating as possible. Our certificate programs underscore that mission, serving as alternative paths to meet learners where they are — and help them reach their career goals.”

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