Business decisions made on a whim can be risky, and in many cases, disastrous. Instead of guessing or using intuition, company executives and CEOs rely on accurate data compiled by data analysts to make the best possible strategic decisions. Data analysts (also called operations research analysts) usually work with financial data, trends, patterns, and demographics to help companies make informed choices about how to operate their businesses. Data analyst jobs are open to job seekers with a college degree, mathematics skills, and a knowledge of databases.
As a data analyst, you'll play a vital role in helping businesses solve problems with revenue, staffing, marketing, and security. Some day-to-day tasks you may perform include analyzing data, identifying risks, determining the root causes of problems, and consulting with company leadership. You may work for a corporation, small business, financial institution, government agency, or healthcare facility. Best of all, there are endless job opportunities in data analysis. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 25% increase in new data analyst jobs in the U.S. within the next decade.
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Most entry-level data analyst positions require at least a bachelor's degree with coursework in business, statistics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, economics, and finance. Some employers prefer candidates who also have a master's degree in a related field.
When hiring data analysts, employers look for these key skills and qualities:
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The interview process for a data analyst job can be rigorous. Employers want to know that they're hiring someone they can trust with sensitive data—while getting the job done. You can prepare for your interview ahead of time by reading through Monster's list of questions that come up time and again in job interviews along with suggestions for crafting responses.
Want to know if you'll rake in the dollars in your career? It all depends on your level of experience, location, and job title. For example, general data analysts in the U.S. earn an average of $79,291 per year. Senior data analysts earn roughly $92,071 per year and data analysts who work in marketing earn about $82,108. You can find out where to start your salary negotiations by entering your job title and location into Monster's Salary Tool.
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