Dataquest vs DataCamp: Prices, topics, and details

Hi, I’m Olga! I have years of experience in data science, most recently at eBay and now I work as an industry mentor at Pathrise, helping data scientists land a great role through technical workshops and 1-on-1s. Check out my article where we compare Dataquest vs DataCamp.

Similarities and differences between Dataquest and DataCamp

Dataquest and DataCamp are popular online resources for learning data science. 

Similarities

  • People can take their self-paced courses online.
  • Dataquest and DataCamp offer individual courses and in-depth tracks that teach data analysis with R and Python. 
  • They operate on a subscription-based model and charge a monthly fee, though both have free options as well. 
  • Aspiring data scientists can take courses that cover the fundamentals. Current data scientists can study more advanced topics, like machine learning and artificial intelligence. 
  • Those who enroll in Dataquest and DataCamp complete a number of hands-on projects, which they can add to their portfolios. 
  • Students can keep in touch with their peers and instructors using Slack (Dataquest) or the community page (DataCamp).

Differences

  • Dataquest premium subscribers receive resume reviews, 1-on-1 career coaching, and guidance on other aspects of the job search. 
  • DataCamp courses are the best option for people who want to learn data science from scratch. Dataquest has more offerings that are geared towards those with some background in data. 
  • While Dataquest students dive right into hands-on projects, DataCamp students begin with recorded lectures and other assessments before they begin building portfolio worthy projects.
  • With Dataquest, people can complete the assignments in the web browser.
  • Those who enroll in DataCamp use an online platform called Practice Mode. 

Topics offered on Dataquest and DataCamp

Dataquest and DataCamp offer individual courses and in-depth tracks that teach the following topics and much more:

  • R
  • Python
  • SQL
  • Data engineering 
  • Programming
  • Data visualization
  • Machine learning
  • Probability 
  • Statistics

Prices for Dataquest and DataCamp

Both Dataquest and DataCamp use a subscription-based model, with 3 tiers of pricing: Free, Basic, and Premium.

Free subscribers on Dataquest receive access to the first two courses in any path, as well as 60+ data science lessons. The Basic plan, which costs $29 per month, comes with all of the courses in the Data Analyst in Python and Data Analyst in R paths, as well as community support and guided projects that promote portfolio building. The Premium option ($49 paid monthly or $399 paid annually) includes all of the features of the Basic plan, as well as resume reviews, career coaching, more guided projects, and additional courses. 

DataCamp users who select the free option are able to complete the first modules in the Python career track and the Data Science with R career track, 100+ coding challenges, 7 projects, and more. The Basic plan, which costs $25/month, comes with 44 additional courses, the Python and R career tracks, and community support. The Premium plan costs $250 per year and grants users access to 311 courses, 39 skill tracks, 11 career tracks, 500+ coding challenges, 70+ guided projects, and more. 

Ratings and reviews of Dataquest and DataCamp

Dataquest reviews online are generally positive. People enjoyed that the program allowed them to set their own pace and learn by doing, as opposed to just watching recorded lectures. Most users said that they found the material interesting and helpful, especially those who were coding for the first time. But, others wished that the program had videos and was not text based. 

DataCamp reviews are more mixed. Users were disappointed that most of the code was already written; this made it easier for them to get the answer right but much more difficult to learn how to code. Some noted that the lessons included too much text and not enough step-by-step guidance. While reviewers said that DataCamp is a good introduction to various data science concepts, they recommended that people pursue additional open source projects or take advanced hands-on courses as well. 

Alternatives to Dataquest and DataCamp

Besides Dataquest and DataCamp, there are quite a few alternative tools and bootcamps for learning data science, including: 

  • One of the most well known bootcamps is General Assembly, which offers full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics like data science, software engineering, UX design, digital marketing, product management, and more. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Well known tech bootcamps, Flatiron School, Lambda School, Galvanize, Byte Academy, and Thinkful have tracks in data science, as well as other subjects.
  • Aspiring data scientists with graduate degrees in data-centric fields can check out The Data Incubator and Insight.
  • Metis has part-time introduction courses as well as onsite & online bootcamp options. Learn more about Metis in our review.
  • Alternatively, Divergence Academy has part-time and full-time data courses. Or, you can consider K2 Data Science, which is a part-time, online program.
  • In the same vein, FourthBrain has part-time, online machine learning courses.
  • Likewise, 365 Data Science is a low-cost and low commitment option to learn data fundamentals.
  • People interested in Python data science and web development bootcamps can consider Coding Temple and RMOTR. Similarly, QuickStart has courses in web dev and data.
  • If you prefer in-person classes, check out Magnimind or Principal Analytics Prep, which have full-time and part-time data science courses.
More alternatives
  • edX is one of the most popular online learning platforms. They have courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT as well as big tech companies like Microsoft. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • Udacity and Springboard are online learning platforms with courses in data science, as well as other subjects. Learn more about how Udacity and Springboard can help you in our program reviews.
  • Similarly, Coursera and Udemy are online learning tools with hundreds of courses covering a wide range of topics, including data science.
  • Finally, Codecademy is one of the most popular coding programs online. They provide free courses on many different programming languages. They also offer membership options ranging from $20 to $40 per month for more course options and greater support. Learn more about Codecademy in our review.

How do Dataquest and DataCamp compare to Pathrise?

Dataquest and DataCamp are online learning platforms that help current and aspiring data scientists brush up on the basics or advance their current skills. DataCamp is aimed at beginners. Alternatively, Dataquest teaches people the necessary skills to land a job as a data scientist in tech.

At Pathrise, job-seekers in our program should have some background in their field of interest. This is so that they can fully participate in our technical workshops and pair programming sessions. We provide a curriculum that prepares people for the questions they will likely encounter in their technical interviews. 

A full service organization, Pathrise helps data scientists land the best job possible. We place a great deal of emphasis on technical interview preparation through workshops, pair programming, and 1-on-1 sessions. We also work with fellows on every other component of the job search, including resume & LinkedIn optimization, cold emailing, behavioral interviewing, and salary negotiation. 

Advancing technical skills is a crucial aspect of landing a job as a data scientist. So, fellows in our program can use Dataquest or DataCamp, alongside our workshops, to learn new tools and further their current knowledge. 

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview scores double.

If you are interested in working 1-on-1 with any of our mentors to optimize your job search, become a Pathrise fellow. 

Apply today.

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