What does a Data Specialist do?

Data specialists are information technology experts who analyze, collect, sort, and create testable electronic data and information systems. They compile data regularly to create reports they provide to upper management or present at board meetings to aid in decision-making. They consult with others who utilize this data in other projects. Data specialists oversee the entire conversion process well information transfers from paper to an electronic data system. They research data sources to verify the validity of the information and might be responsible for designing a database for a specific client to use.

Data specialists train clients in using new data storage and retrieval systems, databases, and software. They analyze a client's existing network and create programs to improve or enhance it. Sometimes they design the database or software program needed to convert the client’s data. They must consistently report a conversion program’s progress to their clients and cover workflow and workflow disruption, exceptions, costs, and analysis results. Data specialists also maintain a database and answer questions users might have regarding the system. Data specialists need a minimum bachelor's degree in computer science or information science.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
29%
2 - 4
43%
5 - 7
13%
8+
15%

Common Skill Sets

MIS
Audit
Excellent Organizational
Effective Communication
Programming Languages
Problem Solving
Powerpoint
SQL Server

Data Specialist Seniority Levels

Office Administrator
12% made the transition
Administrative Assistant
39% made the transition
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Data Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$54,658 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$32K
Median: $55K
$95K
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