Friday, April 12, 2024

What Does It Take To Become A Data Analyst In 2017?

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There are expert-recommended institutes to give you the DA touch

Aman Yusuf has rated the below institutes highly with respect to practical data analytics training:

  • Jigsaw Academy
  • Simplilearn
  • Manipal ProLearn

Job titles in DA are crucial as well

First things first, remember that the current trend is seeking out specialists rather than generalists; therefore, ensure that you are the best in whatever you do. With this being the criteria, Gaurav Vohra of Jigsaw Academy states that you can look forward to working as one of the below after you are a certified data analyst:

  • Data Scientist: To acquire this job title, you are mandated to become an expert in Python, R, Statistical Analysis System (SAS), Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Statistics, SQL, and Advanced Modelling.
  • Big Data Specialist: Having skills viz. Hadoop, Hive, Pig, Sqoop, Spark, and MapReduce should potentially ensure that you get to work as a Big Data Specialist.
  • Machine Learning Specialist: Skills required here would be Python or R, Neural Networks, Support Vector Machines, and Random Forests.
  • Business Analyst: Gaurav recommends that you master Basic Statistics, Predictive Modelling, Microsoft Excel, Simple Analysis &amp, along with the right domain experience.
  • Data Visualiser: Your ability to create reports would take you a long way; and lead you towards becoming a Data Visualiser at a reputed firm. Experts recommend you master R, Tableau. Excel, to be used in tandem with your report creation ability.

Would a career in DA ensure that I build my bank balance?

When we quizzed experts directly about the salary prospects in DA, we were surprised that they came out with exact figures and shocking trends.

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“If we look at the analytics jobs on offer, almost 44% of them require a B.E./ B. Tech degree, to apply for the job.” advised Gaurav.

Gaurav also quoted a research (from 2016) when he stated that it were startups that paid more than the established multi-national corporations (MNC). The average salary indicated here was ₹10.8 lakhs per annum (offered by Indian startups), and ₹10 lakhs per annum (by the mid-sized and large MNCs).

“The pay also varies based on the tools you can work on. Being skilled in R fetches you an average of ₹10.2 lakhs per annum, whereas SAS and Python get you ₹8.54 lakhs per annum and ₹9.36 lakhs per annum respectively. But it’s the people with knowledge of multiple tools who are the winners, with some of them getting paid an average of ₹12 lakhs per annum, for their capability to work with SAS, R, as well as Python.” Signs-off Gaurav.

You can also have a strong dose of Big Data on your DA plate

Experts we consulted agreed that Data Scientists with big data as their strength can draw up to ₹13.1 lakhs per annum.

Experts consulted

Gaurav Vohra co-founder and ceo at Jigsaw Academy
Bastin Robin chief data scientist at Bengaluru-based Hash Research Labs
Yusuf Aman senior manager – global reporting and analytics at element14

Written by Rahul R, Senior Technical Journalist at EFY


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