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.

Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Data Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$54,867 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $55K
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Data Specialist Career Path

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Northeastern UniversityNortheastern University
Data Researcher
Jun 17, 2020

“It was a great experience and he gave me full freedom to express my thoughts on the COVID”

Data Dominatrix
May 29, 2020

“It feels really great to spend your time and effort doing something that makes a real difference to real people.”

Data Sienctist
Sep 3, 2020

“Health insurance is not top notch and its full of hassle to claim any expense.”

Data Specialist
Jun 27, 2019

“4. Some teams have a very good work life balance and others... don’t.”

TCS e-Serve InternationalTCS e-Serve International
Data Specialist
Jul 13, 2021

“It is not really a good salary and growing expectations are not met with salary growing.”

Sunrise SystemsSunrise Systems
Data Wrangler
Dec 27, 2019

“It was great working for sunrise systems as my first job helped me boost my career!!”

Recruit Professional ServicesRecruit Professional Services
Data Migration Specialist
Oct 8, 2019

“I have been working with Recruit Professional Services for close to 5 years and they are an excellent team to work with!”

TriWest Healthcare AllianceTriWest Healthcare Alliance
Provider Data Specialist
Dec 21, 2020

“This review was written for a while but I wanted to submit this MONTHS after I found a new job.”

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