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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