November 5, 2015
The short answer to this question is “A good data analyst is the one who turns data into information, information into an insight and insight into a business decision.”
But if you are looking to make a career in Big Data then I am sure that this was not the answer you are looking for. So for now lets just forget about “Good Data Analyst” and concentrate on “Data Analyst”. I know you can manage the “Good” part on your own.
A data analyst is the one who collects, organizes and analyzes large sets of data (known as Big Data) to discover patterns and some other useful information. Data mining and Data auditing are a must have skills to become a Data Analyst.
Other than the fact that you absolutely love data, there are certain other skills that a Data Analyst must possess.
As a data analyst, you are expected to have knowledge about the best data analytical tools or programming languages like R or Python or SAS Only after using one of the scripting languages it will be possible for the data analyst to find new meaningful insights.
Data Mining and Data Auditing Skills
As mentioned above, data mining and data auditing are a must have skills for any data analyst. Data mining is the practice of examining large pre-existing databases in order to generate new information whereas data auditing involves profiling the data and assessing the impact of poor quality data on the organization’s performance and profits. So make sure to brush on these skills.
Testing skills are required by a Big Data analyst as he/she will be carrying out A/B testing based on different hypotheses that directly and indirectly impact different Key Performance Indicators
Basic Statistical Skills
Usually it is the Data Scientist that works on the statistical part but even as a data analyst you should have basic statistical knowledge as it will help you to select the right approach while dealing on a particular situation.
Again like Statistical Skills, machine learning is something that mostly data scientists work on but if you are working in a large organization then there are chances that you will need know about the machine learning methods like Decision Tress , K-Means etc.
Data Visualization and Communication
This is one of the most important skills that a data analyst must possess. Data visualization is the presentation of data in a pictorial or graphical format. This helps the management to understand the data easily and quick. The success of data visualization depends on how well you can communicate it to the management.
Salary of a Data Analyst depends upon the type of organization that you are working for but we can give you a rough idea:
Salary of Data Analyst at entry level – $50000 – $75000
Salary of Data Analyst with Experience – $65000 – $110000
(source – datajobs)
Salary of Data Analyst in India
According to payscale, a Big Data Analyst earns around Rs 3,10,000 per annum in India.
As you get experience in this field you can always shift your designation to that of Data Scientist and earn more.
If you are convinced that you can make it Big in the Big Data field then don’t wait more and join Big Data course at EduPristine and give your career the much needed boost.
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