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Data Analyst (General)

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Develops computer programs to analyze large customer information databases for companies and organizations. Analyzes data to identify patterns and provide information relevant to a particular business, industry or field; analysis may be used for marketing, or to detect fraud in financial transactions, or for research. Develops computer programs to protect confidential customer information.

Job Outlook

There were 1868 Data Analyst (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 49015 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Data / Data Mining Analyst industry, which includes the Data Analyst (General) career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Data Analyst (General) jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $78,485.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $78,404.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Data Analyst (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $63,953.

Education and Experience

Posted Data Analyst (General) jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree3%
Bachelor's Degree67%
Master's Degree22%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other7%

Posted Data Analyst (General) jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years34%
3 to 5 years47%
6 to 8 years12%
9+ years7%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Data Analyst (General) positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (40%)
  • Microsoft Excel (35%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (26%)
  • Problem Solving (26%)
  • Research (22%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Data Analysis (63%)
  • SQL (50%)
  • Python (26%)
  • Tableau (25%)
  • Data Science (17%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Data Management (14%)
  • Data Quality (13%)
  • Project Management (13%)
  • Business Process (10%)
  • Oracle (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Big Data (6%)
  • Apache Hadoop (5%)
  • R (5%)
  • Microsoft Sql Server Integration Services (SSIS) (5%)
  • SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Data Analyst (General) skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Data Analyst
  • Data Specialist
  • Business Analyst
  • Database Analyst
  • Junior Data Analyst

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Data Analyst (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Anthem Blue Cross (2747)
  • Deloitte (1085)
  • Travelers (541)
  • Accenture (345)
  • Bayer Corporation (305)

North Carolina

  • Anthem Blue Cross (51)
  • Deloitte (38)
  • IBM (29)
  • Raytheon (22)
  • Cynet Systems (18)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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