What is R?

R is an open source language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. Learning R Programming is your first step into the exciting and growing field of Data Science, Analytics and Machine Learning. R is an integrated suite of software for data manipulation, calculation and graphical display. It includes

  • an effective data handling and storage facility,
  • a suite of operators for calculations on arrays and matrices,
  • a large collection of intermediate tools for data analysis,
  • graphical facilities for data analysis and display either on-screen or on hardcopy, and
  • a well-developed, simple and effective programming language which includes conditionals, loops, input and output facilities.

As you can see, R has a rich set of features for data analysis and visualization. In fact, R is becoming the de facto language of Data Analysis.


Can a beginner learn R?

Absolutely! We wholeheartedly recommend that you learn R as your first “data science programming language”. R is the best choice when you’re getting started as a beginner because it has built-in functionality and useful tools that makes learning about data analysis quite straightforward.


Why is R getting so popular?

As companies gather more and more data, the demand for data scientists proficient in R is also greatly increasing. With data analysis becoming more important in helping businesses understand their customers and improve operational efficiency, R will only become increasingly important. Take a look at the increase in the number of Google searches for the term “R Programming” over the last ten years.


R Graph


Jobs requiring R Programming skills

So, which companies hire R programmers? The answer is any company that needs to convert data into valuable insight. Employers span industries such as healthcare, financial services, Internet, manufacturing and logistics. Every year, the number of R users grows by 40% and an increasing number of organizations are using it in their day-to-day activities.


Salaries for R Programmers

It’s a good time to be an R Programmer! According to the career site Indeed, the average salary for R Programmers in California is $97,708. It rises further to $140,967 for Data Scientists.


So, how can I learn R?

While there are numerous training courses available, as the saying goes: “the best things in life are free”. Texcellent is proud to offer a course on R Programming that is entirely funded by the State of California. You can find out all about it by going here. The class starts on April 17th and is filling up quickly. See you in class!