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Do you ever find yourself wanting to design new ways to help others improve in their workplace? There are many organizations in need of analysts who can help managers identify procedures and design that need to be improved. Analysts focus on finding a solution and adding functionality.
Whether you’re currently in an analyst position or simply interested in analysis and experimenting with different computer systems, a role in data analytics could be the right fit for you. If you enjoy working with data collection, improving designs and discovering ways to help an organization operate more efficiently, clinical analyst could be your next move.
What Is a Clinical Analyst?
Clinical analysts examine and identify problems within an organization to be studied or improve computer systems in the following ways:
- Run system tests to ensure they work as expected
- Communicate with managers to decide the role of IT systems within the organization
- Design new systems by configuring software and hardware
- Originate ways to add on functionality to current existing computer systems
- Decipher cost and benefits on IT systems and upgrade as needed to help managers decide or install
Clinical analysts use a variety of different techniques. For example, they use data modeling to analyze and process data flows when informing the design of computer systems. They then conduct different tests to further discover new information and trends within the data to help increase system efficiency.
These analysts usually specialize in computer systems that are specific to their organization type, such as medical/healthcare, engineering or financial computer systems. Clinical analysts work with other IT team members to help business leaders better understand how their computer systems can best serve the organization.
How to Become a Clinical Analyst
Hiring managers typically look for someone with a bachelor’s degree in computer and information technology, or a related field in mathematics. They also look for people with an understanding of business operations since this job helps the business to operate more efficiently.
While credentials vary, some organizations look for candidates with a master’s in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems or even a master’s degree in computer science. Advancements are possible with this career choice. With acquired experience, many will move onto becoming a project manager or a lead analyst.
Certifications such as the new CompTIA Data+ can help prepare you for a job as a clinical analyst. This data analytics certification covers many of the skills needed by a clinical analyst, such as the following:
- Mining data
- Visualizing and reporting data
- Manipulating data
- Applying basic statistical methods
- Analyzing complex datasets while adhering to governance and quality standards throughout the entire data life cycle
But before you can get certified, you need to learn the skills. CompTIA offers a full suite of training products to help you learn the technical and professional skills needed to become a clinical analyst. Data analytics training, including the following, is now available.
- CertMaster Learn: Learn at your pace with interactive lessons and videos.
- CertMaster Labs: Get hands-on practice using real software applications.
- CertMaster Practice: Test your knowledge and find out if you’re ready for the exam.
- The Official CompTIA Study Guide: Learn and review exam objectives with our comprehensive textbook.
- CompTIA Live Online Training: Train in real time with experienced instructors online.
Clinical Analyst Salary Range
The median advertised annual salary for a clinical analyst is $70,000 as of May 2022. (Source: EMSI Burning Glass)
50th Percentile | Median
Clinical Analyst Job Availability
There were nearly 30,000 job postings by US employers for clinical analysts during the past 12 months ending May 2022. Employers advertising for these jobs include UnitedHealth Group, Anthem Blue Cross, Humana, Guidehouse, Visionworks, University of California, Deloitte, Department of Veterans Affairs, and so on. (Source: EMSI Burning Glass)
Job Titles Related to Clinical Analyst
- Data Scientist
- Marketing analyst
- Data analyst
- Business intelligence analyst
- Operations analyst
- Reporting analyst
- Systems analyst
- Healthcare data analyst
- Clinical systems analyst
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