Data Analyst

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Currently Employed in Scotland
Person controlling a database displayed on a laptop screen

What is a Data Analyst

You could be studying consumer behaviour to understand how better to serve your customers or analysing a successful charity initiative to discover how your organisation could create a positive community impact.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Using data analytics software to collect, organise and simplify data.
  • Assessing an organisation‚Äôs current strengths and weaknesses through careful examination of performance data.
  • Proposing business plans and next steps for organisations based on those data insights and findings.

Getting in and Qualifications


There are many different routes to securing a role as a Data Analyst.

Useful subjects:

  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.


Students often become qualified for data analysis by undertaking mathematical or statistical Higher qualifications. This could take the form of a Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma or degree in the following subjects:

  • Business Information Systems
  • Information Management
  • Finance
  • Statistics
  • Informatics

A Data Science Graduate Apprenticeship gives a hands-on approach for developing practical workplace skills alongside a degree.