Analytics Engineer role

About the role

Data analyst collects, cleans, and interprets data sets in order to answer a question or solve a problem. They play a crucial role in helping organizations leverage data-driven insights to:

  • optimize processes
  • improve decision-making
  • and achieve their business objectives

They work in many industries, including business, finance, criminal justice, science, medicine, and government.

What kind of customers should a business target in its next ad campaign? What age group is most vulnerable to a particular disease? What patterns in behavior are connected to financial fraud?

These are the types of questions you might be pressed to answer as a data analyst. Read on to find out more about what a data analyst is, what skills you’ll need, and how you can start on a path to become one.

Whom is this role for

This role is perfect for individuals who:

  • have a passion for problem-solving
  • a keen eye for detail
  • a love for numbers.

If you enjoy uncovering patterns, drawing meaningful conclusions from data, and translating insights into actionable recommendations, then data analysis could be your calling.

While a background in mathematics, statistics, or computer science can be beneficial, this role is open to anyone with a curious mind and a willingness to learn.

Data analytics tools

During the process of data analysis, analysts often use a wide variety of tools to make their work more accurate and efficient. Some of the most common tools in the data analytics industry include:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Google Sheets
  • SQL
  • Tableau
  • R or Python
  • SAS
  • Microsoft Power BI
  • Jupyter Notebooks

Career roadmap

Data Analyst career roadmap

Salaries and compensation

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How course and community helps

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