An analytical role which requires numerical aptitude, a data analyst interprets business-relevant data, providing actionable insights which are then used to inform business decisions such as reducing costs.
A career as a data analyst is ideal if you are highly analytical, with strong numeric skills. The role is diverse, with the possibility of working in a number of sectors across the IT industry.
A Data Analyst uses their extensive skills to collect data, whether it is sales figures, market research or logistics. They will take that data collated and use it to help an organisation make better business decisions, such as pricing new materials for the market and reducing business costs.
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The specific requirements of a data analyst’s role will depend on the company, but typically data analysts are responsible for:
Whilst a degree in IT or a related subject such as computer science, maths or statistics is the ideal first step towards becoming a data analyst, providing you can display you have the relevant skills, you can become a data analyst with a degree in almost any subject.
Skills essential to a data analyst include:
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