Data Analyst Job Description | What 4 Skills Will You Need To Be A Data Analyst?

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December 18th, 2017

Becoming a Data Analyst is all the buzz these days. And with good reason. It is becoming a very lucrative career path for an estimated 2,720,000 people in the next 5-10 years. Yes, you read that correctly, according to IBM job openings for data analytics are going to sky rocket.

Currently the average pay for a data analyst is $76,419 on the button, according to glassdoor

But before we get all hopped up on employment rates and salary opportunities let’s check if this data analyst thing is a good fit for you.

What will you actually be asked to do on the day to day as a data analyst.


1 ) Mathematics

Although mathematics only makes up about 20% of the day to day life of a data analyst. It is still important to have a strong understanding of the foundations of mathematics.

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Most Importantly — Statistics

Data analytics is all about statistics. Most of the statistics will be handled by the tools you are working with, but in order to be a great data analyst it is best to know why the tools are producing specific results. A strong understanding of statistics will be useful to you.

You will find yourself in the medical, business, agriculture, or education field of data analytics and it is best to understand how statistics works in your specific field of interest.


2 ) Computer Programming

You must be able to work proficiently in one or more computer programming languages. This make up for roughly 60%-70% of your daily work. in order to analyze data it must be queried (drawn) from a large data warehouse. You will use computer programming languages such as SQL, Python, and R to query data.

Before we move on let me define the term Query, if it does not resonate with you.

Imagine you give out thirty paper surveys in April. The participants fill out the surveys and then return them to you within 15 days. You put them in your filling cabinet to be stored until June. June arrives and you need the surveys in order to create your new marketing campaign. How do you get the surveys from the cabinet to your desk? Well, you walk over, open the cabinet, and then bring them back to your desk.

BAM! You just queried the surveys from your database into your data analytics tools.

You need strong computer programming skills in order to accomplish this task. As a data analyst you will do a lot of drawing and analyzing data.

For more info on databases, SQL, and other jargon check out our Video Series on Data Jargon


3 ) Know the Tools of the Trade

Once you query data from the database onto your workspace you will begin to utilize data analytics tools to process, scrub, and analyze data (data Jargon explained on our Video series ^^^). You will be able to perform these tasks by using tools like Hadoop, Open Refine, Tableau, Apache Spark, etc…

As you process the data you will begin to see connections between the data sets. You will see some of the following errors and you will want to remove these in order to ensure that your data analysis is accurate:

  • Duplicated data
  • Improperly formatted data
  • Incomplete data
  • Inaccurate data

This data will corrupt your findings and could possibly lose you client or employer millions of dollars. Make sure you know how to use those data analytics tools WELL!


4 ) Communicate and Present Insights

Say What?! I had the perfect image of a data analyst in my mind. Some thick coke bottle glasses, an oversized white short sleeve dress shirt, and shiny black hair slicked STRAIGHT back. Mashing away at the keyboard, alone from the world….

Well, if that was your guess, you are wrong! It’s true, as a data analyst you will spend many hours within the code and data tools. But you will also be called upon to clearly and consciously present your research to clients, managers, or executives.

“Soft Skills” are extremely important in the job market. Make sure you brush up on those people skills. Remember, just because you are an introvert doesn’t mean you can sneak out of this vital role. There is power in being an introvert that can communicate well!


Ok, now I know you are curious if you are capable of learning all of these crucial skills. Yes, you can, but there is a clause. You have to learn from the best.

BTW I am not the best. But I know where to find the best!

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Testimonies of increased salaries, new employment, and 597,089 (updated) satisfied learners make edureka the best choice to learn the skills you need in the data industry. Question is will you actually do it. Imagine deregulating yourself for the data industry. Right now, it is a black hole, you don’t know what’s inside, but it is screaming opportunity from the darkness.

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