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Data Specialist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Data Specialist uses software to store and organize data, such as an organization's records or financial information. Facilitates user and client access to information stored in databases. Ensures accuracy and efficient maintenance of data.

Job Outlook

There were 780 Data Specialist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 25460 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Data Warehousing Specialist industry, which includes the Data Specialist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Data Specialist 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 $73,184.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $73,836.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Data Specialist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $49,237.

Education and Experience

Posted Data Specialist 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 Degree11.21%
Bachelor's Degree48.04%
Master's Degree11.56%
Doctoral Degree2.54%
Other19.23%

Posted Data Specialist 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 years40.69%
3 to 5 years41.61%
6 to 8 years12.09%
9+ years5.6%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Data Specialist 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 (36.9%)
  • Management (29.21%)
  • Detail Oriented (20.23%)
  • Operations (18.85%)
  • Research (18.75%)
  • Problem Solving (17.15%)
  • Microsoft Excel (16.97%)
  • Customer Service (16.11%)
  • Writing (14.3%)
  • Microsoft Office (13.98%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Python (Programming Language) (8.52%)
  • Project Management (16.72%)
  • Data Modeling (6.98%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (20.75%)
  • Power BI (8.05%)
  • Workflow Management (14.15%)
  • Auditing (17.45%)
  • Data Collection (12.23%)
  • Data Management (28.36%)
  • Dashboard (9.74%)
  • Finance (12.22%)
  • Computer Science (16.2%)
  • Data Governance (19.41%)
  • Data Analysis (27.64%)
  • Data Quality (21.96%)
  • Data Integrity (12.62%)
  • Data Entry (17.88%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Data Specialist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Data Steward
  • Master Data Specialist
  • Research Data Specialist
  • Data Management Specialist
  • Data Integrity Specialist
  • Knowledge Management Specialist
  • Database Specialist
  • Data Visualization Specialist
  • Data Technician

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 Specialist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Accenture (264)
  • UnitedHealth Group (245)
  • Sedgwick (190)
  • Dell Technologies (184)
  • Randstad (162)
  • Elevance Health (143)
  • Nelnet (122)
  • Deloitte (119)
  • Leidos (116)
  • Computer Services (114)

North Carolina

  • Truist Financial (25)
  • Accenture (15)
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions (12)
  • University of North Carolina (11)
  • Randstad (11)
  • IQVIA (10)
  • HCL Technologies (9)
  • Labcorp Drug Development (9)
  • Charlotte, Nc (8)
  • North Carolina State University (8)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!