Data Analysts need to know a whole lot more than just how to crunch numbers. Digging through spreadsheets and connecting the dots are crucial aspects of what a data analyst does, but you’ll also need to know how to communicate and collaborate with others to get your point across, to ensure your team comprehends what’s happening.

What else do data analysts do all day? In this profession, you’re tasked with scouring over large amounts of raw data sets, cleaning that information so that it makes sense, then gleaning business insights and analysis, to turn that information into actionable steps to help your company.

The information you find could help your business in various ways, like improving operational processes, allowing the company to cut back costs, or increasing ways to earn more revenue. For instance, if you were a data analyst in the NBA, your main responsibilities could include using analytical techniques to uncover why certain consumer behavior is prevalent on different game days. In different industry contexts, data always has the power to help solve problems. Because of this, there are endless ways companies utilize data analysts for business needs.

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See What These Three Data Analysts do on a Daily

The data analytics industry is ripe with job opportunities, and you could find yourself working on an array of interesting and complex subjects. Let’s take a look at what data analysts do on the daily by meeting three data analysts working in the industry.

Alex Brown, Data Analyst at Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and Mentor at Thinkful

With substantial data experience, Alex has worked directly with the CFO as a data analyst for a fastener distribution company helping different departments create reports and develop data dashboards. And currently, he is a data analyst for a k-12 standardized testing company where he deals with student assessment data. He’s also a helpful Thinkful Data Analytics Flex and Immersion mentor.

Ben Novak, Senior Data Analyst at Thinkful

Ben has extensive data analyst experience within the sustainability, retail, travel and healthcare industries. He’s worked on accurately calculating transit and facility emissions for large events, supporting improvements for hospital operations, and currently helps Thinkful with redefining data metrics and improving student enrollment reporting and analytics.

Blake Bowling, Thinkful Grad and Data Analyst at Campbell Soup Company

Blake completed Thinkful’s Data Analytics Flex course after spending 10 years working in sales, logistics, and operations. He wanted to advance his data analyst skills and position himself for better analytical roles. Check out his experience while learning at Thinkful.

How did you show that you are the best data analyst for the job?

Blake: One thing that helped me out in the interview is that beforehand I really focused on the data analyst vernacular. I wanted to make sure that I was able to "speak the language". This enabled me to describe the technical skills that I learned in a way that really impressed the interviewer.

What are tasks that you do every day?

What are important technical and non-technical skills that you use on a daily basis?

What's a challenge that you encounter often? How do you tackle that challenge?

Why Do You Love Working as a Data Analyst?

What’s Some Advice to Aspiring Data Analysts?

How did Thinkful prepare you for a data analytics job?

* Blake: Thinkful provided me with technical skills and direction on how to use outside resources if I run into a situation where I am unsure how to proceed. Whether it is a line in SQL or a complex formula in Excel, I can now get past these hurdles on my own. I think my employer appreciates that. It is important to understand that most people I work alongside, in similar roles, have specific expertise. For example, they may be able to write code in Python but have trouble with vlookups or macros. Thinkful touched on a wide array of these tools which has put me in a position to be successful.

Working as a data analyst in the world’s next workforce is a smart and successful career path. If you’re interested in seeing if a career in data analytics is for you, schedule a call with one of our admissions advisors.

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