Career Prospects

Software lives in a world of data. Data is the new oil. Data is the new natural resource to be mined and exploited using software.

Data analytics software provides actionable insights at the basis of continuous improvement and decision making processes. Such insights can be found by exploring large quantities of data, by asking the right questions and knowing how to reliably and efficiently find the appropriate answers.

Students graduating in this Master will be highly specialized software and data engineers, able to fully understand and manage the complexity of modern software systems and of the sea of data surrounding them. Such a unique profile balancing both software and data engineering skills is significantly different from other Master Programs in Data Science that are appearing elsewhere in Switzerland and throughout Europe.

Mastering how to effectively use software to deal with the data deluge is a key capability for any organization undergoing digital transformation efforts Also, the demand for software and data engineers is currently very high and it is expected to grow even more in the near future.

Besides the expected high employability in industry, graduates will also represent the perfect candidate for pursuing a PhD degree at USI in one of the research groups of the Software Institute.

The following data are based on the 2022 USI Alumni Survey*.


1 year after graduation



Time to job

(57% before or immediately after graduation)

Average/100% gross annual salary in CH

CHF 76'900.-


Place of work



  • Ticino
  • Other Swiss Cantons


  • 33
  • 50

Other Countries



Employment Industries


Informatics, Technology, Web


Banking and Finance


Education and Research


Non Profit



Employment Functions


IT, Engineering, Web, Data Scientist


Teaching, Training and Academic Research


*The survey is conducted every 2 years by the USI Career & Alumni Service. 

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  • Research summer internships for students - UROP Internships

    The Faculty of Informatics encourages and promotes the talent of its Bachelor and Master students by offering them summer internships in academic research within the programme Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program - UROP.

    Internships are extracurricular, and access is on a competitive basis. Students work one-on-one with an advisor to develop a deeper understanding of both the concepts taught during the semester and the research topic. Students considering continuing in academia should seriously consider applying for a UROP position.

    All research opportunities for this year are listed here.

    See all the job and internship opportunities in the USI Job Bank.