You might hire a data analyst to:

  • Develop, implement, and maintain leading-edge analytics systems, taking complicated problems and building simple frameworks
  • Identify trends and opportunities for growth through analysis of complex datasets
  • Evaluate organizational methods and provide source-to-target mappings and information-model specification documents for datasets

  • Create best-practice reports based on data mining, analysis, and visualization

  • Evaluate internal systems for efficiency, problems, and inaccuracies, and develop and maintain protocols for handling, processing, and cleaning data

  • Work directly with managers and users to gather requirements, provide status updates, and build relationships
Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Three or more years of experience mining data as a data analyst
Experience with database and model design and segmentation techniques
Proven analytics skills, including mining, evaluation, and visualization
Strong programming experience with frameworks, including XML, JavaScript, and ETL
Technical writing experience in relevant areas, including queries, reports, and presentations
Practical experience in statistical analysis through the use of statistical packages, including Excel, SPSS, and SAS
Strong SQL or Excel skills, with aptitude for learning other analytics tools
Proven success in a collaborative, team-oriented environment