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Data Analyst

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Data Analyst 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 2660 Data Analyst job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 77026 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Data Analyst 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 $88,244.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $91,795.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Data Analyst postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $71,462.

Education and Experience

Posted Data Analyst 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 Degree4.71%
Bachelor's Degree66.27%
Master's Degree21.88%
Doctoral Degree3.7%
Other5.8%

Posted Data Analyst 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 years31.48%
3 to 5 years49.78%
6 to 8 years12.57%
9+ years6.17%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Data Analyst 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 (36.62%)
  • Management (30.39%)
  • Problem Solving (20.9%)
  • Microsoft Excel (20.61%)
  • Research (20.39%)
  • Operations (19.57%)
  • Detail Oriented (17.9%)
  • Leadership (17.85%)
  • Writing (16.62%)
  • Presentations (15.8%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Power BI (21.45%)
  • Dashboard (22.24%)
  • Data Visualization (18.89%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (44.99%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (25.48%)
  • Tableau (Business Intelligence Software) (25%)
  • Data Governance (10.84%)
  • Computer Science (22.37%)
  • Data Analysis (81.39%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Data Modeling (17.31%)
  • SAS (Software) (10.29%)
  • Economics (7.84%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (8.15%)
  • Process Improvement (9.08%)
  • Data Collection (9.91%)
  • Business Requirements (8.75%)
  • Automation (9.4%)
  • Data Warehousing (13.16%)
  • Extract Transform Load (ETL) (11.61%)
  • Project Management (14.14%)
  • Data Science (16.58%)
  • Business Intelligence (15.39%)
  • Data Quality (16.56%)
  • Auditing (8.89%)
  • Workflow Management (7.63%)
  • Marketing (7.47%)
  • Agile Methodology (9.25%)
  • Relational Databases (7.73%)
  • Microsoft Azure (4.93%)
  • Microsoft Access (7.8%)
  • Machine Learning (8.61%)
  • Data Management (16.83%)
  • Statistical Analysis (7.78%)
  • Business Process (8.36%)
  • Statistics (11.5%)
  • R (Programming Language) (15.68%)
  • Finance (11.42%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Data Cleansing (3.7%)
  • Data Mining (7.71%)
  • Business Intelligence Tools (3.73%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Dashboard (37.66%)
  • Data Cleansing (6.26%)
  • Data Mining (13.05%)
  • Power BI (36.32%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (76.17%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Data Modeler
  • Data Governance Analyst
  • Data Analytics Intern
  • Data Management Analyst
  • Data Analytics Engineer
  • Lead Data Analyst
  • Data Reporting Analyst
  • Data and Reporting Analyst
  • Research 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 jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Guidehouse (1021)
  • Randstad (917)
  • Albany Medical Center (678)
  • UnitedHealth Group (670)
  • CTG (659)
  • Robert Half (641)
  • Citigroup (629)
  • Lincoln Financial Group (548)
  • Ryder (526)
  • Humana (515)

North Carolina

  • Randstad (118)
  • Wells Fargo (94)
  • ManpowerGroup (44)
  • Matrix Resources (31)
  • TIAA (29)
  • The Judge Group (29)
  • Charlotte, Nc (25)
  • Robert Half (24)
  • Labcorp Drug Development (23)
  • Humana (23)

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!