Career outlook for data analyst
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would collect numerical information to identify trends and patterns. You’d create models to predict what might happen in the future.
You’d explain your findings using graphs, charts, diagrams, tables and infographics.
Your work could be used in a number of areas, including:
- Local and national government
- Market research (public sector or government)
- Business, finance and insurance
- NHS management
- Crime analysis and forensics
In the private sector, you would:
- Look for trends and patterns to help companies make business decisions
- Analyse market research and trends in consumer feedback
- Analyse opinion polls
- Predict demand for services or goods
- Check quality control standards in areas such as drug and food testing
In the public sector you could work for government agencies, research councils and universities.
If you work for the government you could collect, analyse and publish information on:
- Population trends
- The economy
- The labour market
The information you produce would be used to advise government ministers and inform the press and the wider population.
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- Working with technology
- Problem solving
- Working with numbers
- Attention to detail
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