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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

A Data Analyst maintains data storage and access by designing physical databases. They interpret data and analyze results using statistical techniques.

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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Real Data Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vice President, Biometrics & Data Management (Chief Statis.) Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Sep 08, 2015 $288,000
Sap/Enterprise Data Management Grom Associates, Inc. Flemington, NJ Sep 15, 2015 $275,600
Global Head of Data Management SG Americas Operational Services, Inc. Chicago, IL Jan 01, 2015 $250,000
Global Head of Data Management SG Americas Operational Services, Inc. New York, NY Jan 01, 2015 $250,000
Director, Fellow Architect, Data Management The Bank of New York Mellon Jersey City, NJ Jun 08, 2015 $240,000
Director, Data Management and Analytics University of California, Los Angeles Oakland, CA Sep 01, 2015 $215,000
Data Acquisition and Management Lead AIG Employee Services, Inc. Wilton, CT May 16, 2016 $197,829
Director, Data Management ABC, Inc. Seattle, WA Jun 14, 2015 $195,000
Global Head of Data Management Newedge USA, LLC New York, NY Apr 21, 2015 $186,098 -
$250,000
Data Acquisition and Management Lead American International Group, Inc. Wilton, CT Jan 09, 2016 $180,000
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Top Skills for A Data Analyst

AccessDatabasePl/SqlProceduresDataAnalysisFinancialDataSQLServerDataEntryDataManagementSASETLDataQualityDataWarehouseWebBusinessRequirementsERPWindowsXPUnixAuditDataIntegrityDataCollection

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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.

Top Data Analyst Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Data Analyst

  1. Accenture LTD
  2. Citi
  3. Bank of America
  4. Capital One
  5. Tata Consultancy Services
  6. Wells Fargo
  7. Verizon Wireless
  8. IBM
  9. Boeing
  10. AT&T
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