How to Become a Data Analyst in 2020? That’s right – we’ll talk about becoming a data analyst in 2020! More specifically, we’ll look at who the data analyst is, what they do, how they fare in terms of salaries, and what skills and academic background you need to become one.
Who is the data analyst exactly?
Data analysts are the real troopers of data science. They’re the ones who are involved in gathering data, structuring databases, creating and running models, and preparing advanced types of analyses to explain the patterns in the data that have already emerged. A data analyst also overlooks the basic part of predictive analytics. That’s the “elevator pitch of the data analyst”. But to really get an idea of what it means to be part of a team like that, we need to look at what a data analyst does.
As it turns out, quite a lot. A data analyst is both a thinker and a doer who doesn’t hesitate to roll up their sleeves and dig into the numbers. Data analysts extract and analyze data with a “can do” approach and then present data-driven insights to underpin decision making. They also develop and build analytics models and approaches as the basis for a company’s strategy and vision. On top of that, they are often responsible for identifying and extracting key business performance, risk and compliance data, and converting it into easy-to-digest formats. So, as you can see, agility to shift between strategic projects and operational activities a must. If you think that sounds a bit lonely… Think again! Data analysts are great team players and work closely with various departments and leaders within the organization. That’s super important if they want to be effective in this role. So, the ability to communicate well and influence is critical here…