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Data Analyst

What does a Data Analyst do?

Data analysts are in high demand across all sectors such as finance, consulting, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, government and education. The skills required include paying attention to detail, being organised, understanding and analysing the date through clear visual, written and verbal communication.

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What skills does a Data Analyst need?

  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills
  • The ability to develop and document workflows and procedures
  • Knowledge of data analysis tools such as Excel and relational databases
  • Knowledge of data modelling, data cleansing and data enrichment techniques
  • Understanding of open-source data analytics
  • A high level of mathematical knowledge and ability
  • Understanding of Google Analytics, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), keyword analysis and web analytics (for marketing analyst roles)
  • The ability to carry out data quality control, validation and linkage
  • Understanding of data protection issues
  • Problem solving skills
  • The ability to plan work and meet deadlines
  • Methodical, logical thinking and the ability to use reasoning
  • Experience and understanding of statistical methodologies and data analysis techniques
  • The ability to produce clear graphical representations and data visualisations
  • The ability to pay attention to detail, communicate well and be highly organised
  • A thorough approach to work and a high level of accuracy
  • The ability to analyse, model and interpret data
  • Knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • The ability to plan work and meet deadlines
  • An awareness and knowledge of industry-specific databases and data sets
  • Understanding of programming languages, such as SQL, Oracle and Python.

How to become a data analyst?

Studying any business or maths related degree could be beneficial if you would like to become a data analyst.

You will need to build technical and data analytical skills. You can do so by getting work experience during your studies via a work placement or internship. After that you can look for an entry position data analyst role, where you can progress to more senior roles or earn your master’s degree in analytics.

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How much do data analysts make in the UK?

Entry-level positions start between £23,000 and £25,000. Graduates in data analysis and business intelligence can earn between £25,000 to £30,000. Experienced data analysts can earn between £30,000 and £35,000. Senior roles and consulting jobs could earn £60,000 and more.

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