Data conversion analysts convert data from one type to another; in some positions, the objective is to convert data to a more user-friendly format. Problem solving skills are important, as different clients will need different types of data conversions and the analyst must bring solutions to realization.
As data is converted, the analyst should ensure that it is formatted properly and analyze the end results for efficiency. It is important to stay up-to-date with new technologies and the work is done with a computer for a majority of the shift, so the ability to sit for long periods of time may be necessary. Some jobs require analysts to be familiar with SQL, Java, C++, and other programming languages, and analysts should be able to find standard ways to reduce the time that must be spent on conversions. They may also administer training on how to utilize conversions, so strong communication and public speaking skills are highly beneficial.
Data conversion analysts perform many of their tasks independently, so it's important to be able to meet deadlines; however, teamwork skills are also important, as it is often necessary to determine needs with other staff members and departments and coordinate work. Usually, college education in information technology or computer science is required for this position.
Data Conversion Analyst Tasks
Communicate with clients to obtain guidance for the conversion process.
Design, develop and execute tests that confirm the success of the data conversion process.
Identify, clarify and resolve issues and risks, escalating them as needed.
Analyze and determine conversion requirements and specifications.
Assist with issue resolution, mentoring and training.