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Industry Snapshot: Infographics & Data Visualization

Updated October 14, 2021
Data Visualization online certificate


If you are a professional considering a transition into a field that requires an enhanced understanding of data visualization techniques, with opportunities expanding from tech to healthcare, journalism, and even finance and law, your timing couldn’t be better. 

According to EMSI, there were 11,205 and counting unique job listings for Data visualization Analysts and Specialists between September 2020 and September 2021. The top posted job titles are Data Visualization Analysts and Data Visualization Specialists.

Professionals involved in data visualization and analysis specialize in turning raw, big data into readily-digestible, visually pleasing, and emotionally compelling stories. As the data science field grows rapidly, our Infographics & Data Visualization certificate will help supply professionals with the tools to land the jobs that utilize these specific skills. 

If you are interested in this evolving field, we’ve prepared a handy guide with further insights and resources to help get you started. 

What is Data Visualization?

From Google searches, to your Fitbit tracker, to Venmo transactions, to Tinder swipes and Snapchats sent, unprecedented amounts of data are collected daily, and there is a growing need for individuals possessing the skills to sort through all of this data and make sense of it. Companies collecting thousands of cells of data points are still finding ways to tap into their enormous potential. As more data is collected and used by businesses and organizations across North America and Europe, individuals are needed to interpret the data and create forms of visual communication for sharing and learning from the collected information. Data visualization is a necessary skill providing the tools to understand, analyze, and interpret complex data streams into a visual format, combining 3 disciplines: Graphic Design, Statistics, and Computer Science. 

To gain some insight and a better understanding of the industries looking for employees with the technical and design know-how provided by data visualization expertise, we’ve done some of the busywork in putting together an overview of occupations in demand, organizations currently hiring, and locations where industries that value these skill sets are on the rise:

Top Posted Occupations

  • Computer Occupations
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Management Analysts
  • Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Computer and Information System Managers
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Marketing Managers
  • Natural Sciences Managers

(Source: EMSI)

Top Companies Posting

  • Humana Inc.
  • Deloitte LLP
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Accenture PLC
  • Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation
  • Trane Technologies

(Source: EMSI)

Top Hiring Locations

  • New York, NY

  • Washington, DC

  • Chicago, IL

  • Atlanta, GA

  • Richmond, VA

  • Boston, MA

  • Arlington, VA

  • Austin, TX

  • San Francisco, CA

  • Dallas, TX

(Source: EMSI)

The Future of Data Visualization

As the professional spaces within technology and design continue to expand, companies have a high demand for employees with expertise in data analysis and visualization. 

Professionals with data visualization skills like Tableau, SQL, and Data Analysis can easily transform into industries and companies that use infographics, visual storytelling, and business intelligence.

Here are some of the valuable skills employers are looking for in candidates with infographics and data visualization experience. 

Top Hard Skills

  • Data Visualization

  • Tableau (Business Intelligence Software)

  • SQL (Programming Language)

  • Data Analysis

  • Power BI

  • Business Intelligence

  • R (Programing Language)

  • Python (Programing Language)

  • Data Science

(Source: EMSI)

Build Your Skills

With vast industry change comes the challenge of keeping up with what is new. Stay on top of this change and find your next step with our Infographics & Data Visualization (Online) certificate program. Our faculty currently work in the field as data scientists, designers, and analysts and have helped develop this program to offer the flexibility and speed to fit your schedule. 

Upon completion of this certificate program offered by Parsons Continuing Education, students will learn the steps that need to take place in order for a huge dataset to become easily digestible by mass audiences. Students will come away with a newfound understanding of how information can be brought to everyone in a way that makes sense visually, building on whatever foundation and background they already have so they may transition to work in demand from a current or entirely new field. The certificate courses include:

Additional Resources

Check out these additional resources to spark your interest and jumpstart your career in Data Visualization:


Written by Casey O'Connell.

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