What is a Data Analyst?

What can a data analytics degree do for me?

First off, it may be helpful to answer the question, “What is data analytics?” According to TechTarget, “Data analytics is the science of examining raw data with the purpose of drawing conclusions about that information. Data analytics is used in many industries to allow companies and organization to make better business decisions and in the sciences to verify or disprove existing models or theories.” We couldn’t agree more.

What’s more? We see the impact of data analysis every day! In fact, get this, it was data analysis that helped us decide to offer data analytics bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Mind. Blown.

To explain it simply, we took the feedback that was given to us from industry trends, industry leaders, state and national markets, prospective students, current students, graduates, and more, all in an effort to determine what people are looking for in their education and what employers need. After crunching the numbers, it was clear that data analytics is a big, big deal. To us, this is data analysis at its finest.

Still not sure what data analysts do? Try this — data analysts help organizations in all industries and sectors forecast trends and solve problems. Ultimately, a well-trained expert in data analytics should be able to measure results in performance and productivity.

Want to figure out what markets are quickly becoming popular? Interested in better understanding your customers? Are you in need of answers to other various private or public sector questions? If so, look no further. As a data analyst, you can become the authority on data mining, statistical management, mapping, and munging (the hip term for reforming those nasty, messy data sets).

What does this mean for you? As a data analyst, you’re in it for the opportunity to solve problems with technology, to innovate systems, processes, and solutions in order to achieve better results. Perhaps you’re looking for the respect only a degree from an accredited institution can provide, or you’re looking for opportunities for advancement. Despite what your particular motivations are, we’re confident that our online, competency-based model of education can get you where you need to go.

Are you sold on data analytics? If so, and you’re just starting out in the field, be sure to check out our new, Bachelor of Science in Data Management/Data Analytics degree. If you’re a seasoned veteran and looking for that leg up on the competition, check out our Master of Science in Data Analytics.

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