A data analyst uses data to acquire information about specific topics. This usually starts with the survey process, in which data analysts find survey participants and gather the needed information. The data is then interpreted and presented in forms such as charts or reports. Data analysts may also put their survey data in online databases.
Individuals looking for data analyst jobs must be knowledgeable in computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, SharePoint, and SQL databases. Data analysts also must have good communication skills, as they must have an open line of communication with the companies with which they work. Data analysts should be able to work indoors with clients, supervisors, and managers to meet goals set by all parties. A data analyst should be willing to work hard for the betterment of their company.
Data Analyst Tasks
- Collect customer requirements, determine technical issues, and design reports to meet data analysis needs.
- Identify new sources of data and methods to improve data collection, analysis, and reporting.
- Collect, analyze, and report data to meet customer needs.