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Who is a good Data Analyst?
The short answer to this question is “A good data analyst is the one who turns data into information, information into an insight and insight into a business decision.”

But if you are looking to make a career in Big Data then I am sure that this was not the answer you are looking for. So, for now, let's just forget about “Good Data Analyst” and concentrate on “Data Analyst”. I know you can manage the “Good” part on your own.

Who is a Data Analyst?
A data analyst is the one who collects, organizes and analyzes large sets of data (known as Big Data) to discover patterns and some other useful information. Data mining and Data auditing are a must have skills to become a Data Analyst.


Data Analyst Skills:


If you intend to become a successful data analyst, you must start by ensuring a good knowledge in technology, business intelligence, data mining, data auditing, mathematics, statistics and another bunch of analytics skills which include:


  • Technical and Programming Languages: You need to be familiar with some computer software and scripting languages like Matlab and Python to find significant insights, statistical languages like R, SAS, and other computer skills include javascript, XML and so on.
  • Data Mining and Auditing: A data analyst must have data mining and auditing skills. Data mining is the process of sorting the large sets of data to classify patterns and establish relationships through data analysis. Data auditing is the process of conducting a data audit to assess how company's data is appropriate for a given purpose.
  • Testing Skills: A data analyst must have testing skills as the tests are done based on the different hypothesis that impacts the key performance indicators in one way or the other.
  • Statistical Skills: A data analyst must have a grounding in statistics as it helps in understanding algorithms deeply.
  • Communication Skills: A data analyst is expected to work with different people. So, one should be able to communicate the technical findings to other non-technical findings to solve business problems.


Data Analyst Job Description:


As a data analyst, you will need to:


  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets that help in boosting the business.
  • Importing data from various external data sources to bring meaningful insights into the business.
  • Creating data visualizations to effectively convey findings to the management that helps in a decision-making process.
  • Filter and clean data by examining computer reports and performance indicators.
  • Work with management, IT teams, data scientists to determine organizational goals.
  • Collect customer requirements, determine technical issues, and design reports to meet data analysis needs.
  • Identify new sources of data and methods to improve data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Collect, understand and document detailed business requirements using appropriate tools and techniques
  • Locate and define new process improvement opportunities



Data Analyst Qualification: A first degree in streams such as computers, statistics, economics etcetera is often required. Irrespective of your degree to succeed as a data analyst, you must be able the possess the relevant skills as mentioned above.


Data Analyst Salary: Salary of a data analyst usually is dependent on the organization and job responsibilities. But it varies due to the niches one specialized in. However, according to payscale, an average data analyst can earn 3,10,000 /- per annum in India.


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