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Working As A Data Analyst

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $64,043

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Analyst Do

Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

Duties

Management analysts typically do the following:

  • Gather and organize information about the problem to be solved or the procedure to be improved
  • Interview personnel and conduct onsite observations to determine the methods, equipment, and personnel that will be needed
  • Analyze financial and other data, including revenue, expenditure, and employment reports
  • Develop solutions or alternative practices
  • Recommend new systems, procedures, or organizational changes
  • Make recommendations to management through presentations or written reports
  • Confer with managers to ensure changes are working

Although some management analysts work for the organization that they analyze, most work as consultants on a contractual basis. 

Whether they are self-employed or part of a large consulting company, the work of a management analyst may vary from project to project. Some projects require a team of consultants, each specializing in one area. In other projects, consultants work independently with the client organization’s managers.

Management analysts often specialize in certain areas, such as inventory management or reorganizing corporate structures to eliminate duplicate and nonessential jobs. Some consultants specialize in a specific industry, such as healthcare or telecommunications. In government, management analysts usually specialize by type of agency.

Organizations hire consultants to develop strategies for entering and remaining competitive in today’s marketplace.

Management analysts who work on contract may write proposals and bid for jobs. Typically, an organization that needs the help of a management analyst solicits proposals from a number of consultants and consulting companies that specialize in the needed work. Those who want the work must then submit a proposal by the deadline that explains how the consultant will do the work, who will do the work, why they are the best consultants to do the work, what the schedule will be, and how much it will cost. The organization that needs the consultants then selects the proposal that best meets its needs and budget.

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How To Become A Data Analyst

Most management analysts have at least a bachelor’s degree. The Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation may improve job prospects.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is the typical entry-level requirement for management analysts. However, some employers prefer to hire candidates who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

Few colleges and universities offer formal programs in management consulting. However, many fields of study provide a suitable education because of the range of areas that management analysts address. Common fields of study include business, management, economics, political science and government, accounting, finance, marketing, psychology, computer and information science, and English.

Analysts also routinely attend conferences to stay up to date on current developments in their field.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA) offers the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation to those who meet minimum levels of education and experience, submit client reviews, and pass an interview and exam covering the IMC USA’s code of ethics. Management consultants with a CMC designation must be recertified every 3 years. Management analysts are not required to get certification, but it may give jobseekers a competitive advantage.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many analysts enter the occupation with several years of work experience. Organizations that specialize in certain fields typically try to hire candidates who have experience in those areas. Typical work backgrounds include experience in management, human resources, and information technology. 

Advancement

As consultants gain experience, they often take on more responsibility. At the senior level, consultants may supervise teams working on more complex projects and become more involved in seeking out new business. Those with exceptional skills may eventually become partners in their consulting organization and focus on attracting new clients and bringing in revenue. Senior consultants who leave their consulting company often move to senior management positions at nonconsulting organizations.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Management analysts must be able to interpret a wide range of information and use their findings to make proposals.

Communication skills. Management analysts must be able to communicate clearly and precisely in both writing and speaking. Successful analysts also need good listening skills to understand the organization’s problems and propose appropriate solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Management analysts must work with managers and other employees of the organizations where they provide consulting services. They should work as a team toward achieving the organization’s goals. 

Problem-solving skills. Management analysts must be able to think creatively to solve clients’ problems. Although some aspects of different clients’ problems may be similar, each situation is likely to present unique challenges for the analyst to solve.

Time-management skills. Management analysts often work under tight deadlines and must use their time efficiently to complete projects on time.

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Data Analyst Career Paths

Data Analyst
Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business & Data Analyst Senior Business Analyst Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Production Analyst 3.3 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Principal Analyst 3.3 years
EDI Analyst 3.1 years
Actuarial Analyst 3.1 years
Data Manager 3.0 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Management Analyst 3.0 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Data Operator 2.9 years
Program Analyst 2.9 years
Data Administrator 2.9 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Planning Analyst 2.8 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
MIS Analyst 2.7 years
Data Architect 2.6 years
Economic Analyst 2.6 years
Process Analyst 2.6 years
Commercial Analyst 2.6 years
Document Analyst 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Associate Analyst 2.5 years
Data Engineer 2.5 years
Data Specialist 2.5 years
Analyst Sales 2.4 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Reporting Analyst 2.4 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Contract Analyst 2.3 years
Risk Analyst 2.2 years
Data Modeler 2.2 years
Content Analyst 2.1 years
Energy Analyst 2.1 years
Assistant Analyst 2.1 years
Research Analyst 2.0 years
Data Analyst 2.0 years
Data Assistant 1.9 years
Data Scientist 1.8 years
Data Consultant 1.7 years
Web Analyst 1.7 years
Junior IS Analyst 1.5 years
Analyst Internship 0.5 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 9.7%
Consultant 5.6%
Analyst 4.5%
Manager 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.2%
Analyst 5.3%
Internship 4.0%
Manager 2.7%

Data Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

47.5%

Female

47.1%

Unknown

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

68.9%

Asian

17.6%

Hispanic or Latino

9.7%

Unknown

2.8%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.1%

French

11.5%

Chinese

10.4%

Mandarin

8.3%

German

4.7%

Japanese

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Cantonese

3.3%

Portuguese

2.7%

Arabic

2.5%

Korean

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Hindi

2.4%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Urdu

1.0%

Polish

0.8%

Hebrew

0.7%

Carrier

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Gujarati

0.5%
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Data Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.1%

Strayer University

6.3%

Northeastern University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

George Mason University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.3%

DePaul University

4.3%

University of Washington

4.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.2%

Drexel University

4.1%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

Temple University

3.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.9%

George Washington University

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

New York University

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.6%

University of Connecticut

3.6%
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Majors

Business

24.8%

Computer Science

10.0%

Finance

6.5%

Computer Information Systems

6.0%

Accounting

5.4%

Information Technology

4.4%

Statistics

4.4%

Economics

4.3%

Management

3.9%

Mathematics

3.4%

Psychology

3.4%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Marketing

3.1%

Information Systems

3.0%

Health Care Administration

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Communication

2.3%

Management Science

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Political Science

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Masters

29.8%

Other

14.7%

Associate

7.0%

Certificate

3.8%

Doctorate

2.8%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.1%
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Real Data Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Data Analyst With Informatica and Obiee Mprsoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 09, 2018 $124,000
Data Analyst Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 04, 2018 $103,272
Data Science and Data Analysts Byteware Inc. Ashburn, VA May 14, 2018 $84,000
Data Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $70,000
Data Analyst Client Focus LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 14, 2015 $67,621
Data Analyst Concert Tech Corporation Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2015 $67,621
Data Analyst/Consultant PVK Corporation Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2017 $64,000
Data Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 18, 2013 $63,500
Data Analyst/SQL Developer Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 08, 2013 $62,600
BI Data Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2012 $61,000
Data Analyst/SQL Developer Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 15, 2013 $60,600
Data Analyst/SQL Developer Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 11, 2013 $54,000

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Top Skills for A Data Analyst

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Top Data Analyst Skills

  1. Access Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Trained new employees on using the MS Access databases, the project trackers and the data entry process.
  • Use Toad software to access and manage our data through the process of creating and running PL/SQL scripts.
  • Involved in modifying Teradata stored procedures and performance tuning of various tables.
  • Generated data and business validation reports using Excel to present data analysis reports for each marketing campaign.
  • Automated financial data analysis, computing information utilizing statistical formulas and inputting into database for report generation.

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