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If you enjoy analyzing documents, databases and various other sources of information, becoming a data analyst may be a natural career path for you. Most data analyst jobs allow for some creativity in terms of how data is used and interpreted, but they are also held to strict guidelines in many industries.
The most skilled individuals are ones with comprehensive understanding their field and all the unique requirements and protocols in their industry. With this expertise, you will be able to accurately and efficiently analyze information to find areas of opportunity for your company.
Data analyst jobs require focus and discipline. As a data analyst, you spend a lot of time looking at databases, charts and other data. You use information to put together reports and updates. As a data analyst, you likely report to someone in the IT department of your company. Who you report to will depend on the industry you work in and size of the company you work at.
Proven success in this field will allow you to command a higher salary. Currently, data analyst salaries range from roughly $42,000 to $70,000 and are highly dependent on your years of experience.
Data analysts are needed across Canada in a wide range of industries and fields, leading to consistent demand and salaries. As with many tech jobs, the highest demand is found in city centres such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.
As a data analyst, your company counts on you to accurately assess company data and report on your findings. You may analyze data pertaining to your company's products and services, clients, or any other information that needs to be analyzed. As a data analyst, you turn numbers and information into usable charts, graphs, and reports that can be shared with management, shareholders, and clients.
Data analysts spend the majority of their working hours assessing information, however, interpersonal skills and communication may be required at times. You may sometimes be required to collaborate with other team members. Some data analyst jobs may also require to you explain your analysis to management or present meaningful reports during meetings.
Data analyst jobs are found in many different verticals, including information technology, banking and finance, manufacturing, government, and healthcare, among others.
In our digital age, businesses of all sizes, in all industries, collect massive amounts of data. Data analysts are needed to make sense of all this information and find ways to use it to their company's advantage.
Your company relies on your expertise to find areas of opportunity for the business, as well as to create reports and learn from both successes and failures. Your expertise can be essential in guiding management and executives as they make important business decisions.
To succeed in the field of data, you must process large amounts of information and condense it into key takeaways that can be easily communicated. Some skills that will serve you well:
Data analyst jobs typically require a Bachelor's degree, at minimum. A degree in information technology, statistics, or computer science are all safe bets. Though you should have little trouble securing a solid job with a bachelor's degree, many data analysts continue their post secondary education and pursue a master's or doctorate in a related field.
There are also numerous data analysis certifications from providers such as Cloudera, IBM, Oracle and Microsoft that will help set you apart from other candidates.
Data analyst jobs can lead to more senior roles in the IT department, such as senior analyst roles, like big data analyst, or related supervisory positions.
In order to progress from an entry-level position into more senior roles, you will have to show skill in your role and demonstrate that you're able to work well with a team. Showing off your leadership skills when the opportunity arises, and a background in business may also help you move up the ranks at your company.