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Data Analyst/ Processor
Ref No.: 18-04917
Location: Trenton, New Jersey
Segment:State and Local

data analyst collects and studies data to reveal ways to improve a business, organization or government entity; or databases and the data entered into those databases. The data can involve almost any topic including employees, customers, marketing, sales, manufacturing or distribution. If you're interested in a career that involves problem-solving, mathematics and computer skills, studying data analyst duties can help you to determine if this type of work seems like a good career fit.

Analyze Data

The analyst regularly pours through data to Client potential improvement areas. She gathers information from various sources that might help her better understand the situation and then studies the information to find a solution. She must identify and interpret patterns and trends, assess data quality and eliminate irrelevant data. During her research, she might seek out experts in the area related to the situation to learn more about it and potential solutions. She might also request the assistance of statisticians or other data analysts.

Report Results

The data analyst communicates the results of her analysis as a comprehensive report to decision makers and others affected by the results. She usually designs the report and includes tools that can help those involved easily digest the data, such as statistics, graphs, images and lists. She might distribute the report via shared software, email, chat, or online or a face-to-face meeting presentation. In the report, the data analyst usually offers several potential solutions, such as a new business process, training method or technology; or employee or departmental changes.

Data Management

Data analysts often provide database design and management services, as dictated by employer need. They make database design recommendations. They also collect data using a variety of methods, such as data mining and hardcopy or electronic documentation study, to improve or expand databases. They enter the information into data systems using manual key-entry or scanning technology and delete any duplicated, outdated or irrelevant information. Additionally, data analysts often make recommendations about the methods a company should use to collect, analyze and manage data to improve data quality and the efficiency of data systems.

Other Duties

A data analyst might train employees in new procedures or protocols; or assist with the installation, operation and maintenance of new technologies. Employers often expect a data analyst to monitor and offer assistance during any such changes. Some companies also require data analysts to provide general computer or non-related support. For example, a data analyst might provide basic tech support when not working on a project; or help update a company's website.