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In between the process of collecting data and using it to make informed business decision, there is a gap where many jobs in data analytics live. A reporting analyst is one of these key positions. A reporting analyst is the link between raw enterprise data and the management team. If you enjoy analyzing data and consider yourself a progressive thinker with good people skills, a role as a reporting analyst may be your next move.
What Is a Reporting Analyst?
A reporting analyst is responsible for designing and developing metrics, reports and analyses to drive key business decisions in the following ways:
- Handles and prioritizes reporting requests from the management team
- Gathers, collates and checks data
- Analyzes data to develop recurring or one-time reports
- Builds dashboards for sales or managers to show results
- Updates datasets as business needs evolve
- Trains others on how to use and create reports
Because any company that uses data needs reporting analysts, these jobs can be found throughout a diverse mix of companies and industries. Reporting analysts often coordinate with IT departments and generally report to and communicate with management.
The level of technical knowledge required can vary from role to role as well. For example, a reporting analyst may be tasked with dealing with back-end coding and maintenance for reports on various applications. In a less technical capacity, a reporting analyst may be responsible for extracting data from databases to inform daily or weekly reports. In any case, it’s good practice to understand some level of programming in SQL to be a successful reporting analyst.
How to Become a Reporting Analyst
While a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, finance, statistics or a related field is helpful, it’s not the only pathway to becoming a reporting analyst. Companies are looking for candidates that can prove their knowledge of suitable data analytics processes; their ability to create, update and share databases and develop reports that promote profitability. Of course, your capacity to solve problems and work well in a team environment are also important.
CompTIA’s new data analytics certification, CompTIA Data+ (DA0-001), covers many of the skills reporting analysts need. CompTIA Data+ validates certified professionals have 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 certifications, CompTIA offers a full suite of training products to help you learn the technical and professional skills needed to become a reporting analyst. Find the right combination of the following training products to help you learn the skills you need to get the job you want.
- CertMaster Learn: Learn at your own pace with interactive lessons and videos
- CertMaster Labs: Get hands-on practice using real software applications
- CertMaster Practice: Test your knowledge to see if you’re ready for the exam
- The Official CompTIA Study Guide: Review exam objectives with our comprehensive textbook
- CompTIA Live Online Training: Train in real time with experienced instructors online
Check out the CompTIA Career Roadmap to see what other certifications may help you land a job as a reporting analyst.
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Reporting Analyst Salary Range
The median advertised salary for a reporting analyst, which is similar to a BI analyst, is $71,000 for 2021 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)).
Reporting Analyst Job Outlook
From 2020 to 2030, The BLS projects an increase in growth of 25% for reporting analysts, with 25,600 net new jobs expected during that 10-year period.
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