Reporting analysts design and develop metrics, reports and analyses to drive key business decisions. They provide a link between raw enterprise data and management, so data extraction, analysis and transformation are key job responsibilities. Reporting analysts receive requests from all members of the management team so they must have strong task prioritization skills in addition to good statistical and critical thinking skills. They also often create custom software to properly present data.
Reporting analysts work in a business environment in a large number of industries -- from healthcare to finance -- that handle vast amounts of data. Reporting analysts often coordinate with IT departments, particularly when implementing data collection procedures, and generally report to and primarily communicate with management. Although the reports created are used for client presentations, reporting analysts aren't typically required to have direct interaction with customers.
A bachelor's degree is an almost universal requirement for this position. Degrees in business, finance, or management information systems are usually preferred. Extensive computer software skills with programs such as SQL, Access, and Microsoft Excel are also generally required, but there are no common certifications for this job type.
Reporting analysts work during business hours. Hours worked vary with workload. Sometimes a reporting analyst will have to travel. A typical day might involve replying to emails, prioritizing projects, and working on reports or information gathering procedures.
Reporting Analyst Tasks
Examine reports to locate and resolve errors.
Assemble and analyze data for business reports, make sure data and calculations are accurate.
Maintain systems for recording business and financial data.
Train employees how to follow company standards and procedures when creating reports.