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What Does a Data Analyst Do?

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If you're a natural problem-solver with strong critical thinking skills, a career in data analysis could be perfect for you.

In this blog, we're going to dive into the life of a data analyst, taking a closer look at what they do, the skills and qualifications required to become one, and what salary you could expect once you're qualified.

In its simplest form, data analysis involves studying sets of data to help solve problems. Sound interesting? Keep reading.

What is data analysis?

Data analysis is the process of gathering, cleaning and assessing data in order to answer a question, solve a problem, or decide on a course of action.


What does a data analyst do?

Data analysts can work within a huge range of sectors from healthcare to entertainment. As a result, working environments can differ greatly, although the majority of data analyst roles are office-based.

Key responsibilities:

  • Interpreting data
  • Producing data visualisations to help present findings
  • Identifying solutions and areas to improve
  • Working with various analytics and reporting tools
  • Liaising with internal and external stakeholders


How to become a data analyst

It’s never too late to pursue a career in data analysis. Below is a brief breakdown of the skills and qualifications needed to become a data analyst.


Data analyst skills

Here are some of the essential skills required to be a successful data analyst:

  • A strong grasp of mathematics and statistics
  • Proficiency with data analysis tools
  • An understanding of data cleansing, data modelling and data enrichment techniques
  • Good analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to present data visualisations


Data analyst qualifications

A degree in a relevant discipline such as computer science, statistics, mathematics, etc. will give you a good head start. Additionally, there are postgraduate courses out there that focus on specific areas of data analysis, such as data science and business analytics. A master’s degree in these topics would certainly help you stand out, although a master’s is not always required.


Data analyst salary

The average salary of a data analyst in the UK is around £37,500. This will obviously depend on an individual’s experience, location, sector, etc. Entry-level roles may start anywhere between £23,000 and £25,000 a year, and highly experienced data analysists can earn £60,000+ a year.


And there you have it: everything you need to know about what a data analyst does and how to become one.

If a career in data analysis sounds like a good fit for you, the team here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions can help. Click the link below to browse the latest UK vacancies or get in touch for further assistance.

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