What does a Data Analyst do?

Data analysts research and use data to solve problems, optimize profit, minimize turnover, or streamline logistics, and to help companies make better business decisions. They assess a company’s complex information including sales numbers, market research, or behavior, with the goal of reaching simpler, smarter conclusions, and use their technical expertise to stress test the data for quality and accuracy.

Data analysts collect, process, and perform statistical analysis of data and translate the numbers into a layman's terms. By identifying trends and making predictions about the future, they help companies make sense of how they work. Data analysts regulate, normalize, and calibrate data to extract that can be used alone or with other numbers and use charts, graphs, tables, and graphics to explain what the data mean across specific amounts of time or various departments. Data analysts need a bachelor's degree in mathematics, finance, statistics, economics, or computer science.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Data Analyst Salaries

Average Base Pay

$69,517 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $70K
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Data Analyst Career Path

Learn how to become a Data Analyst, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Data Analyst I
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Data Analyst Insights

Read what Data Analyst professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Green DotGreen Dot
Data Analyst
Aug 3, 2021

“Leadership is great and really interested in promoting your work and allowing you to develop.”

Markelytics SolutionsMarkelytics Solutions
Data Analyst
Sep 27, 2021

“I joined this company as a fresher and learnt both technical and soft skills important for career progression.”

Thomson ReutersThomson Reuters
Data Analyst
Dec 19, 2019

“It was quite boring (this is what I was feeling and all people working with me)”

Starcom WorldwideStarcom Worldwide
Analytics Manager
Aug 5, 2021

“Recruits really great people that make you enjoy coming to work and will learn if you put in the time”

Tata Consultancy ServicesTata Consultancy Services
Data Analyst
May 8, 2021

“It is so comfortable working in TCS and we have so many opportunities to learn and grow in our career”

Data Analyst
Jul 28, 2020

“It was a wonderful experience working in Cynosure .Best to grow your career management are very helpful.”

Data Analyst
Aug 19, 2021

“There are good managers but unfortunately ended my career there with one that was not great.”

Insnap TechnologiesInsnap Technologies
Data Analyst
Dec 17, 2019

“I started my career with Insnap as a data analyst and my experience has been really really good.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a data analyst i

When working as a data analyst i, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Relational Database, Python SAS, Microsoft SQL Server, Excellent Communication, and Microsoft EXCEL.

The most similar professions to data analyst i are:
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Analytics Consultant
  • Statistician

The most common qualifications to become a data analyst i include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.