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What is a Data Analyst?

A Data Analyst interprets data and turns it into information which can offer ways to improve a business, thus affecting business decisions.

Data Analysts gather information from various sources and interpret patterns and trends – as such a Data Analyst job description should highlight the analytical nature of the role. Once data has been gathered and interpreted, the Data Analyst will report back what has been found in a comprehensive study to the wider business/relevant colleagues.

 

What should be included in a Data Analyst job description?

Data Analysts often make recommendations about the methods and ways in which a company obtains and analyses data to improve quality and the efficiency of data systems. A Data Analyst job description should include, but not be limited to:

  • Collecting and interpreting data
  • Analysing results
  • Reporting the results back to the relevant members of the business
  • Identifying patterns and trends in data sets
  • Working alongside teams within the business or the management team to establish business needs
  • Defining new data collection and analysis processes

What skills and qualifications should a Data Analyst have?

A degree in the following subjects is beneficial in developing a career in data analysis:

  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Statistics
  • Economics

There are also a number of qualities to expect from a candidate to flourish in a Data Analyst role:

  • Experience in data models and reporting packages
  • Ability to analyse large datasets
  • Ability to write comprehensive reports
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • An analytical mind and inclination for problem-solving
  • Attention to detail

 

How much does a Data Analyst earn?

$90,000 - $120,000

A Data Analyst salary is determined typically by the number of years of experience, soft and technical skills, and the scale of responsibilities in the organisation. To find out what a Data Analyst is earning this year, download our complimentary Robert Half Salary Guide.

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