Kick off a career in data science with this $10 Python course

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Afraid of snakes? Don't worry. This is the only type of Python you should get to know.
Afraid of snakes? Don’t worry. This is the only type of Python you should get to know.

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TL;DR: Geared toward beginner and expert developers alike, this online Python bootcamp is on sale for just $9.99. It’s normally $185, so you’ll be saving a ton of money. 


One in four Americans polled for Chapman University’s most recent annual survey of common fears confessed to being “Afraid” or “Very Afraid” of snakes and other reptiles. (Herpetophobia FTW.) Luckily, the Python skills most hiring managers are looking for nowadays are related to data science, not serpent handling, because “Python” with a capital P is the name of a popular and fast-growing object-oriented programming language.

Commonly used by the likes of Netflix, Instagram, and Spotify to analyze data and build stunning websites and apps, Python is known for its extremely gentle learning curve. As such, wannabe coders are often able to bypass an expensive business school program in favor of a cheaper, more flexible online class. The massive online learning platform Udemy offers one that’s designed for developers of all skill levels, and you’ll save $185 if you enroll in it through the PCMag Shop. (Note: PCMag is owned by Mashable‘s publisher, Ziff Davis.)

The Python for Data Science & Machine Learning Bootcamp, as it’s called, is an education comprised of more than 22 hours of on-demand video, 10 articles, and four downloadable resources that can be accessed anytime on your mobile device or TV. In that relatively brief yet comprehensive exploration of all things Python, instructor Jose Portilla will advance you through data science basics (e.g., pandas and the Jupyter Notebook) all the way through to advanced Python concepts that touch on topics like k-means clustering and deep learning. 

Currently boasting a 4.5-out-of-5 star rating on Udemy, the course has been taken on by some 232,500 aspiring data scientists (and counting). Student Sam Pollard writes in his five-star review:

“Learned a lot. Hugely ambitious course, but Jose does a really good job. Sure, each of the algorithms could be the subject of a 500 page text book or a 15 hour video course in its own right, so coverage is bound to be somewhat superficial but as an intro to the key concepts this is very well done. All the material is clearly and professionally presented. Good support in the Q&A forum, too. Recommended.”

The Python for Data Science & Machine Learning Bootcamp retails on Udemy for $12.99, but you can sign up today through the PCMag Shop for just $9.99 — a whopping 95% off its MSRP of $194.99. (You’ll receive access to the course via email within two hours of completing your purchase; be sure to check your Spam and Trash folders if you don’t see it.)