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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:
- Computer Science
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.