Employers want workers with hands-on business intelligence experience and experience working with large data sets. We've looked at the demand for business intelligence and data skills before, so this isn't surprising. But students aren't learning those skills in college, according to a survey commissioned by the Business Intelligence Congress II, which is co-hosted by data warehousing vendor Teradata and the Special Interest Group on Decision Support, Knowledge and Data Management Systems.

Of the 129 schools polled, only three had BI or data analytics as an undergraduate major. That's probably not, in itself, a big deal. But schools that want to prepare students for the workforce will need to do better at providing opportunities for students to gain experience working with business data.

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