Do you like making spreadsheets for fun? Do you enjoy solving puzzles? Are you a logical problem-solver? If so, you'll make a great data analyst!

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What Does A Data Analyst Do?

Data analysts make sense of information. They'll gather, examine, and present data so leaders can make informed decisions.

Essentially, they're telling stories with numbers by:

  • Extracting, transforming, and loading (ETL) to find, clean, and combine data.

  • Building databases tostore and query information.

  • Using computer programming to mine, process, and model data.

  • Creating visualizations to tell stories using charts and graphs.

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What are common task(s) for data analysts?

What Education Do You Need?

Flaticon Icon Bachelor's Degree in data analytics, computer science, math, or a similar subject. This provides a strong foundation in statistics, programming, and analytics.

Flaticon Icon Boot camps can be an alternative to earning a degree, or a quick way to upskill. They're shorter than degree programs and teach on-the-job skills.

Flaticon Icon Certificates validate your skills and focus on specific technologies. Some options are:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) Big Data Specialty Certification

  • CompTIA Data+

  • Google Data Analyst Certificate

  • IBM Data Science Professional Certificate

  • Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate

What Can I Expect To Earn?

Flaticon Icon In the U.S., the average salary for a data analyst is $65,308 USD.

Flaticon Icon In Canada, the average salary for a data analyst is $54,926 CAD.

You'll Love It If You...

  • Enjoy using logic and critical thinking skills to solve puzzles and problems.

  • Fancy creating spreadsheets to organize information and gain insights from data.

  • Prefer sedentary and independent work using a computer.

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Look For Another Career Path If You...

  • Dislike numeracy-based subjects such as Mathematics.

  • Favor a physical job over a desk job.

  • Prefer routine in your job responsibilities and use of technology.

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Pick The Future Data Analyst:

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  • Very outgoing

  • Organizes March Madness for his friends

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  • Math tutor

  • Enjoys coding with JavaScript

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  • Likes sudoku

  • Prefers hiking and outdoor activities

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Who is more likely to become a Data Analyst?

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