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How To Become a Data Analyst and Why

Updated: Jan 19

According to CompTIA (The Computing Technology Industry Association), in a recent article written by Angela Chan, Data analysts have emerged as the backbone of modern businesses, helping organisations make informed decisions and stay ahead of the competition. In today's data-driven world, the demand for skilled professionals who can collect, analyse and transform raw data into valuable insights is rapidly growing.

Creating a front-end system for data reporting.
Data Analytics

The 2023 CompTIA State of the Tech Workforce report, states that tech occupation employment over the next decade is expected to grow at about twice the rate of overall employment across the economy—with data scientist and data analyst employment projected at 266% above the national rate.

If you have a passion for numbers, a keen eye for detail and a strong analytical mindset, a career as a data analyst might be the perfect fit for you.

So What Does a Data Analyst Do?

A data analyst leverages insights from multiple data sources to solve certain problems or answer questions, as well as recommend different methods and techniques that can help improve data systems and processes and help stakeholders make informed business decisions.

A data analyst’s main responsibilities include:

  • Collecting, analysing and reporting on data through creating reports, dashboards and other visualizations associated with customers, business processes or market economics

  • Developing and implementing databases and data collection systems Acquiring data from primary and secondary sources

  • Designing data models

  • Implementing new data analytics methodologies

  • Data cleaning and validation

Can you Become a Data Analyst Without a Degree?

It’s possible to become a data analyst without going through a traditional three/four-year degree program, but it can be more challenging. Data analysis involves a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, so in order to succeed without a degree, you need to develop a strong skill set and gain relevant experience through self-learning, online courses, certificate programs or bootcamps, such as CompTIA Data+ and CompTIA DataSys+

How CompTIA Data+ Can Fast-Track Your Career as a Data Analyst

CompTIA Data+ is the only entry-level, vendor-neutral, hands-on analytics certification on the market designed for professionals tasked with developing and promoting data-driven decision-making. The topics covered validate the knowledge, skills and abilities learners need to start a career in data.

CompTIA Data+ proves to employers that you have the following data skills needed to meet organizational goals:

  • Transforming business requirements in support of data-driven decisions

  • Adding value to the organization

  • Increasing the bottom line

  • Improving business efforts

  • Fueling innovation

After earning your certification, you will have proficient understanding of:

  • Data concepts and environments

  • Data mining

  • Data analysis

  • Visualization

  • Data governance, quality and controls

Fast Growing Career

There is no doubt that the data analyst profession is fast growing and becoming more popular as a career choice. If you enjoy solving problems, helping to create workable solutions, or creating front-end user-friendly systems, to name but a few areas, then this is just possibly the career for you.

Our top tip is to select the area of data analytics that you are most interested in, and this will encourage you to focus in on the skills you need for that particular career path, and will give you a competitive edge amongst the rest of the competition. Data analytics is a great career!

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