Data Analyst job description

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Data Analysts are responsible for collecting, organizing, and analyzing data from various sources. These professionals use reporting systems and data management to collect and organize data drawn from databases. They develop methodologies and rules for effective data management and use their knowledge to select and extrapolate data patterns using computerized models. They may work at clinical settings or in a company.

Data Analysts usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Collecting data for databases.
•   Teaming up with other professionals to design statistical analyses.
• Making presentations.
• Analyzing data using statistical methods.
• Coding variable from original data.


• Being able to work with a team.
• Having good interpersonal skills.
• Being able to work under pressure.
• Having IT skills.
• Being well organized.
• Having solid communication skills.
• Being able to operate database systems.
• Having math skills.
• Being resourceful.
• Having knowledge of business.


Persons who want to be Data Analyst are required to have a Bachelor´s Degree in Statistics, Marketing, Business Administration, Economics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or any related area from an accredited institution. Applicants also must have knowledge about excel spreadsheets, C++ programs, computer software, and experience in business administration area. Some professionals working on this field also have a MBA to get better job opportunities, though it is not necessary for being hired in these jobs. Experience is a valuable point for employers, so candidates for data analyst jobs in, for instance, insurance or politics fields are required to have one or two years of work experience in those areas.

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