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A Data Analyst has the important career of translating numbers and data into plain English so that corporations and other employees may make use of the work that has been done. This work is used for market research, logistics, sales figures, product costs and transportation, just to name a few. The work that a Data Analyst does, plays a vital role in helping companies make sound business decisions and develop better practices. For example, a Data Analyst might look at a certain set of data and determine best practices when it comes to staffing or transportation.
The salary for a Data Analyst varies widely on both experience and the type of data that is being analyzed. Market research and Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, shows a projected increase in both demand and salary for a number of years to come. As such, a Data Analyst can expect many opportunities across the country.
When it comes to education, a Data Analyst usually needs to have at least a bachelor's degree for an entry-level job. A master's degree is often required for upper-level jobs. Degrees and experience must be in relevant fields such as statistics, math or computer science. Strong skills in both communications and critical thinking are a must, and a Data Analyst must have a mind that is tuned well for attention to detail.