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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

  • $70,000

    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
Business Analyst Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Analyst Manager Program Manager
Manager, Program Management
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Analyst
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Research Associate Clinical Research Coordinator
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Account Manager Client Services Manager
Client Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Production Manager Processing Manager
Business Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
SQL Developer Reports Developer Business Objects Consultant
Business Leader
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
Reporting Analyst 2.5 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Data Analyst 2.0 years
Data Consultant 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Data Analyst
Internship 10.6%
Consultant 5.0%
Analyst 4.8%
Cashier 4.6%
Volunteer 2.7%
Top Careers After Data Analyst
Consultant 7.4%
Analyst 6.0%
Internship 4.3%
Cashier 3.3%
Manager 3.1%
Specialist 2.6%

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Data Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

43.7%

Male

43.0%

Unknown

13.3%
Ethnicity

White

54.0%

Asian

16.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.7%

French

11.3%

Chinese

10.0%

Mandarin

8.4%

German

4.2%

Japanese

3.6%

Russian

3.4%

Portuguese

3.0%

Cantonese

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Italian

2.4%

Korean

2.3%

Hindi

2.1%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Polish

0.9%

Urdu

0.8%

Carrier

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%

Swedish

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%
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Data Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.3%

Strayer University

5.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.0%

University of Houston

4.9%

University of Washington

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.4%

New York University

4.4%

George Mason University

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

DePaul University

4.1%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

George Washington University

4.0%

Columbia University

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

Georgia State University

3.7%

San Jose State University

3.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.5%

Temple University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

25.0%

Computer Science

9.6%

Finance

6.8%

Accounting

5.9%

Computer Information Systems

5.7%

Economics

4.4%

Information Technology

4.3%

Statistics

4.1%

Management

3.5%

Psychology

3.4%

Information Systems

3.4%

Mathematics

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Marketing

2.9%

Management Science

2.6%

Communication

2.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

Political Science

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.1%

Masters

29.2%

Other

14.0%

Associate

7.5%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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$48,000
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Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Jersey City, NJ
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Data Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Data Analyst in the United States is $70,262 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $48,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $102,000.

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 Analyst Robert Half Ashburn, VA Jul 27, 2019 $89,219 -
$103,307
Data Science and Data Analysts Byteware Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2019 $85,000 -
$120,000
Data Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2019 $85,000
Data Science and Data Analysts Byteware Inc. Ashburn, VA May 14, 2018 $84,000
Data Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2019 $72,000
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

  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Procedures
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  • Create corporate structure using new Data Portal Management databases and queries to keep research information organized using Microsoft Access.
  • Developed PL/SQL stored procedures to provide interfaces for Java applications and other accounting processes.
  • Processed customer and account source documents by reviewing data for deficiencies and resolving discrepancies by using standard procedures.
  • Mentored over ten internal and external stakeholders on the fundamentals of data analysis and the proprietary counterfeit software deployed.
  • Collected financial reports including company financial statements and industry reports; extracted and entered needed data into database using Microsoft Access.

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