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Become A Data Analyst

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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.


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. 


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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Data Analyst Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Cantonese

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Italian

  • Hindi

  • Vietnamese

  • Urdu

  • Polish

  • Hebrew

  • Carrier

  • Dutch

  • Gujarati

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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
Spend Data Analyst (Senior Consultant) Bravosolution Us, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 29, 2015 $64,085 -
Data Analyst/Consultant PVK Corporation Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2017 $64,000
Data Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 18, 2013 $63,500
BI Data Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2012 $61,000
SQL Developer/Data Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 11, 2014 $55,000

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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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