What is the Role of a Data Analyst and How do I Become One?

February 17, 2022

What Is a Data Analyst?

Data Analysts are tasked with overseeing the development of new databases, monitoring database performance and interpreting raw data and turning it into usable feedback and applications.

A Data Analyst knows what all the numbers and patterns mean and can communicate the findings in layman’s terms. In addition to drawing meaning from raw data, these individuals are also charged with collecting and cleaning up the data ensuring that the information is accurate and without error.

Some Data Analysts specialise in specific systems or applications. Making sure confidential information is secure and available to those who need it is a top priority of Data Analysts.

Job duties include:

The duties and responsibilities of a Data Analyst include more than collecting and analysing data. They also have to make this data accessible to those who need the information to streamline business processes. In general, the day-to-day activities of a Data Analyst may include the following:

  • Using data mining to extract information from data sets and identify correlations and patterns
  • Organising and transforming information into comprehensible structures
  • Using data to predict trends in the customer base and the consumer population as a whole
  • Performing statistical analysis of data
  • Using tools and techniques to visualise data in easy-to-understand formats, such as diagrams and graphs
  • Preparing reports and presenting these to management or clients
  • Identifying and recommending new ways to save money by streamlining business processes
  • Monitoring data quality and removing corrupt data
  • Communicating with stakeholders to understand data content and business requirements

How to Become a Data Analyst

It's possible to enter the Data Analyst profession without a degree by starting in an entry-level IT position. You could then work your way up to a Data Analyst role by gaining experience and industry certifications. Qualifications such as CompTIA ITF+ (IT Fundamentals), A+ and Network+ can help you get that all important first role.

Certifications like CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Data+ can then help you gain the skills you need to become a Data Analyst.

All the above qualifications are included in the Nuyew Tech Academy Data and Business Intelligence Analyst Career Track.

Data Analyst Salary Range

The average Data Analyst salary in the United Kingdom is £30,000 per year. Entry level positions start at £23,000 per year while more experienced workers make up to £40,000 per year and this is increasing year on year due to a shortage of experienced professionals.

The Nuyew Tech Academy can help you launch a new and exciting career in IT and Technology through our Fully Accredited Training and Career Support Packages.

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