Data analysis managers work in a variety of industries and fields, as data is prevalent in almost every industry and the need for analysis is rising in accordance with increasing industry-automation. Industries which have a need for data analysis managers include the government, universities, healthcare (hospitals and insurances companies), information services, and general business practitioners.
Data analysis managers generally work in office environments and hold regular, steady hours. These managers are often responsible for moving data, coordinating research, organizing data sets, and ensuring accessibility to vested parties. Successful managers will have high levels of honesty and integrity, as well as dedication to ensuring results-based accuracy. They will often oversee a team of junior analysts, so proficiency in interpersonal communication, organization, and problem-solving is vital to the job. Managers will also need to portray high levels of deductive reasoning, critical thinking and decision-making. Environments are often fast-paced, and these managers should be comfortable reporting findings to those outside the direct field.
A minimum of a four-year Bachelor's degree in a quantitative field is required, although many employers require a Master's degree in Information Science. Employers also prefer those with a solid footing in computer science, as well as prior team-management experience and knowledge of multiple database languages and management systems.
Typically, these managers have several years of experience in lower-level database and project management. Depending on the industry, certifications and/or full comprehension of programming may be required.
Data Analysis Manager Tasks
Utilize, upgrade, and create data management and visualization tools.
Build models to explain and forecast data.
Create, describe, clean, and validate datasets.
Verify and correct data, models, and reports.