Analytics specialists are tasked with analyzing and categorizing data for various purposes using computer software and applications. They are also responsible for ensuring that their systems' analytical capabilities and strategies meet existing and future business needs, and must ensure the efficiency of data integrity, data management, productivity, and system security.
Analytics specialists should continuously evaluate and analyze business needs to improve their companies' dashboards, and they may be required to use tools such as SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics platform, PeopleSoft, SuccessFactors, Workday, or SAP to help their companies identify business needs and trends such as industry trends, consumer trends, and economic trends. They should have experience with Microsoft Office programs, as Excel is often used to analyze market data and PowerPoint may be used for slide presentations. They must also be able to design and improve data models to predict future clients’ behaviors, and strong presentation skills are necessary to present findings to management or other team members. Strong verbal and written communication skills are important in this position, and they must also stay up-to-date with relevant new technology available in the marketplace.
A bachelor’s degree in information technology (IT) or a related field is generally required for this position, and some employers also require prior experience and the ability to coach or mentor new analytics specialists.
Analytics Specialist Tasks
Familiarity with and ability to use spreadsheet and analytics software relevant to computational analysis of large datasets.
Able to create systems and formulae for data analysis within given parameters and audit results for accuracy within set limits.
Able to perform university level statistical and actuarial analysis.
Able to produce reports summarizing data for consumers with in-field expertise and for lay people and outside customers.