In the U.S., the average salary for an ‘R programmer’ is between $76,000-100,000. In the 2014 Dice Tech Salary Survey of over 17,000 technology professionals, the highest-paid IT skill was R programming.
Now, thanks to e-learning platform Alison.com, interested people can learn R programming for free. The online courses teach the fundamentals of data manipulation. Students learn how to mine data and to create visuals to illustrate findings.
The first course, Introduction to R for Data Science, is aimed at people who have a basic knowledge of data science that they want to expand on. It explains how R is used and teaches the data structures and types found in R. The second course, R for Data Analysis, moves on to more sophisticated forms of data manipulation, with a strong focus on identifying underlying patterns and predicting trends in data-sets.
“The trend toward Big Data is unstoppable,” says Mike Feerick, Founder, and CEO of Alison. “The ability to analyse and comprehend data is a vital skill in many lucrative fields of employment. Business analysts in sectors from finance and banking to government and the public sector – and everything in between – can benefit from taking these free courses.”
“Shockingly, in most countries, programming still isn’t taught in schools, despite its obvious value to governments and organisations worldwide,” says Eric Corbett, course publishing manager at Alison.