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.

Employability Data

  • Employed                           95.1%
  • Average Time to Job         2.2 months
    (78% within 3 months: 51% before graduation)


Place of work %


  • Ticino
  • Other Swiss Cantons



Italy 18
Other Countries 5


Industries (main) %
Informatics, Techonology, Web 51.4
Educational, Research institutions 10
Banking, Finance, Insurance services, Accounting 7.1
Telecommunication 4.4
All others (<3%) 27.1


Function (main) %
IT and Web Services 27.5
Engineering 26.1
Research 20.3
Consulting 5.8
Entrepreneurship 4.4
All others (<3%) 15.9


The average salary* is 79'200.- CHF.


Source: 2020 USI Master Survey (2015-2019)
*100% gross annual salary in CH