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Data is powerful – and businesses understand that. Organizations worldwide are in the business of collecting consumer data to level up in product development, marketing and overall profitability. But simply collecting data won’t do the trick. Companies need people who are trained to analyze, translate and communicate findings from mountains of data to make informed business decisions. These people are called business intelligence (BI) analysts – and if you have the passion and the skill set, it might be a good next move for you.
What Is a Business Intelligence (BI) Analyst?
A business intelligence analyst puts the data collected by an organization to good use and provides insights that support decision-making efforts in the following ways:
- Collects data that is consistent with company goals
- Maintains and updates business intelligence tools and databases
- Programs tools and data models to help visualize and monitor data
- Analyzes data such as revenue, sales, market information or customer engagement metrics
- Interprets the data
- Communicates findings that suggest ways to grow and improve the business
A career as a business intelligence analyst offers great flexibility. With the right mix of skills in your toolbox, you could choose to work in a specific industry like health care, education, finance or even law enforcement. If you have a technical background and enjoy IT, you could choose to work with smaller companies and have greater responsibility. For example, you could take on the BI analyst duties in addition to being a systems administrator.
How to Become a Business Intelligence Analyst
Having an educational background in math or computer science is often preferred for a business intelligence analyst position. Candidates should understand a variety of analytic processes and have experience in technologies like SQL. An understanding of software in areas like database management, user interface and queries, and enterprise resource planning may also be beneficial.
You might think a career in data analysis is all about the numbers, but successful business intelligence analysts also must possess excellent communication skills. A big part of the job is translating your findings for a non-technical audience. To do this, you must be open to working with others in a team environment and have the ability to create a narrative that supports what the data shows.
One way to learn this blend of skills is through professional certification. CompTIA Data+, available now, is an early-career data analytics certification for professionals tasked with developing and promoting data-driven business decision making.
This brand-new data analytics certification covers the skills required to facilitate data-driven business decisions, including:
- Mining data
- Manipulating data
- Visualizing and reporting data
- Applying basic statistical methods
- Analyzing complex datasets while adhering to governance and quality standards throughout the entire data life cycle
In addition to the certification, CompTIA will release a full suite of training products to help you learn and practice data analysis skills and prepare for your certification exam.
Business Intelligence Analyst Salary Range
The median annual wage for business intelligence analysts is $87,660 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Business Intelligence Analyst Job Outlook
From 2020 to 2030, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase of 14% for management analyst positions, with 907,600 net new jobs expected during that 10-year period.
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