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!
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.
What are common task(s) for data analysts?
What Education Do You Need?
Bachelor's Degree in data analytics, computer science, math, or a similar subject. This provides a strong foundation in statistics, programming, and analytics.
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.
Certificates validate your skills and focus on specific technologies. Some options are:
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Big Data Specialty Certification
Google Data Analyst Certificate
IBM Data Science Professional Certificate
Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate
What Can I Expect To Earn?
In the U.S., the average salary for a data analyst is $65,308 USD.
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.
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.
Pick The Future Data Analyst:
Organizes March Madness for his friends
Prefers hiking and outdoor activities
Who is more likely to become a Data Analyst?