Additionally, Data Specialists have more skills than just Database, Data Entry, and Customer Service. Read about their personality traits here:
In order to accomplish your goal of becoming a Data Specialist, we've found that over half, 41.3% to be exact, of Data Specialists have a bachelor's degree. The good news is that it doesn't seem like more schooling than that is necessary with only 15.9% having master's degrees. While it's true that most Data Specialists have a college degree, it's generally possible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every six Data Specialists did not spend the extra money to attend college.
Those Data Specialists who do attend college, typically earn either Business degrees or Health Care Administration degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for Data Specialists include Computer Science degrees or Accounting degrees.
Now that you have your degree, you're ready to become a Data Specialist. So where do you start applying? According to our research, Data Specialists are mostly hired by CACI International, Covance, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Now is a good time to apply as CACI International has 12 Data Specialists job openings, and there are 11 at Covance and 6 at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
If you're in it for the money, you'll want to apply for positions at Google, Chevron, and Microsoft as that's where Data Specialists seem to make the most money. Let's take a closer look. At Google, the average Data Specialist salary is $104,631. Whereas at Chevron, Data Specialists earn roughly $101,814. And at Microsoft, they make an average salary of $101,308. Before you get too excited over those salary numbers, you should make sure that securing a job at these companies is doable. For example, while Google has 0 job listings for Data Specialists, Chevron and Microsoft have 0 and 0 job listings respectively.
Salaries aside, the most respected Data Specialists are working at Google, Medical Information Technology, and MCI. By assessing which schools Data Specialists mainly earn their degrees, and comparing that with the companies that have hired a significant number of Data Specialists from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, we're able to determine the most prestigious companies.
In general, Data Specialists fulfill roles in the Technology and Health Care industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the salaries for Data Specialists are the highest in the Technology industry with $80,173 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the Telecommunication and Insurance industries only pay $77,455 and $77,389 respectively. This means that Data Specialists who are employed in the Technology industry make a whopping 28.0% more than Data Specialists who work in the Finance Industry.