Is Your Liberal Arts / Computer Science Degree Helping Or Hindering?

Is Your Liberal Arts Or Computer Science Degree Helping or Hindering You?
Is Your Liberal Arts Or Computer Science Degree Helping or Hindering You?

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There is an assumption that certain college degrees are more helpful than others when it comes to preparing for, learning, or succeeding at information technology (IT) careers.

If you believe this to be true then you may also be of the mindset that a Computer Science (BSc.) degree is more valuable than a Liberal Arts (BA) degree!

Surprisingly, there may be some evidence supporting this assumption. For example, it has been noted recently that engineering and computer science college graduates are more employable and better paid than liberal arts college graduates.

Nothing Great Was Ever Accomplished Without First Believing!

Nothing Great Was Ever Accomplished Without First Believing!
Nothing Great Was Ever Accomplished Without First Believing!

This question was submitted by LaTonya, a US Military Veteran. LaTonya’s question is:

I trained in the US military as a Maintenance Systems Data Analyst, but only worked in my position for about 4 months before being honorably discharged.

In my current position, I have transitioned from being a full-time payroll clerk to handling most of the same duties that I did as a data analyst.

How can I extend that transition into my pay grade / title without having a degree?

The Answer To LaTonya’s Question Is …

Do You Want to Learn SAS Data Analysis?

How to Find a Well Paying Job?
How to Find a Well Paying Job?

What do you do when you apply for a job and realize that you don’t have all the software skills listed on the job posting?

You may decide to stop your job search and get training or certifications in all the software packages listed on the job posting.

But what if these are enterprise software packages costing thousands of dollars to learn, then what?

And what if you are talking about not just one but multiple software packages?

How to Get a Job in Web Data Analytics?

Web Analyst Jobs
Do You Want A Web Analytics Job?

With the ever-increasing focus on setting up an online presence or the increasing competitiveness of online businesses, there is a need for web data analysts who can help web-based business succeed or thrive online.

A web data analyst researches the activities of users as they interact with a website, identifies the measures critical to the survival of the web business and recommends actions in the form of web analytics reports for web managers, online marketing teams or business owners.

A Day In The Life Of A Data Analyst

Data Analysis: Profiting From Numbers
Data Analysis: Profiting From Numbers

Data Analysts have the opportunity to work in several different domains or sectors, for example as banking data analysts, retail data analysts, telecommunications data analysts and as marketing data analysts.

The marketing data analyst role is one of the more common ones and a marketing analyst may be found analyzing databases of prospects, leads and customers for the marketing department.

In this post, we will take a peak into the day of a marketing data analyst…

What Are The Required Skills for Entry-Level Data Analyst Jobs?

Entry Level Data Analyst Jobs
Which Skills Are Required For Entry Level Data Analyst Jobs?

Are there any required skills for entry-level data analyst job postings knowing that hiring managers are quite creative with their help wanted ads?

Keeping in mind that there is no “one size fits all” job requirement for data analysts or any information technology (IT) job, here are some of the more common skill requirements:

  • Number crunching, analytical or numerical skills & background
  • Reporting experience using Excel, Microsoft Access, Crystal Reports / Business Objects, SQL Server Reporting Services or any Graphing tool
  • Relational Database Design & Development with tools like MySQL, SQL Server, Microsoft Access or Oracle
  • A passion, interest, aptitude or background in number crunching or analytics

Many data analysts started out using Microsoft Access because it is a popular and versatile data analysis tool.

Microsoft Access provides a one-stop relational database, sql querying and reporting environment and it also provides data analysts with the ability to build a powerful graphical user interface (UI) for collecting data.

Career Outlook for Business Intelligence (BI) or Data Warehousing (DW)

Competing on Analytics
Competing on Analytics

Microsoft NET Developers are well compensated IT professionals because the workplace demand for skilled Microsoft.NET programmers outstrips the supply.

On the other hand, being a Microsoft .NET programmer can be tough because of the constant pressure to keep up with new technology!

So, this post addresses the challenges facing a Microsoft .NET Developer moving to Business Intelligence (BI) / Data Warehousing (DW):

Considering a Career Move from .NET Development to Business Intelligence (BI)?

I am currently working as a .net Developer (for the last 4 years mostly on contracting jobs).

The biggest problem I am facing is not being able to keep up with new .net components coming out everyday.

How Do I Transition Microsoft Access or Excel Data Analyst Skills?

The Data Analysts Career Path
The Data Analysts Career Path

This question was posted by a Microsoft Office Data Analyst who wants to know “How to Upgrade Microsoft Access or Excel Data Analysis skills!

If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to ask it as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering this questions now!

The Challenge Facing A Microsoft Access or Excel Office Data Analyst

My toughest challenge I face today with my career is I am itching for a move within the company I work for.

The Job Outlook for Data Analysts

There's Gold In Them Thar' Data
There's Gold In Them Thar' Data

According to projections by IDC (a well-known research firm), the amount of computing, web and digital data will increase fivefold by 2012 as a result of an upsurge in sensor signals, surveillance tapes, social network chatter, public records and more.

The increases in availability and storage of corporate transactional data within the last decade has left companies scrambling for data analysts trained in interpreting or making inferences based on data.

With the help of data analysts, companies can improve the speed and quality of their business decisions, manage risks better, predict the likelihood of favorable or unfavorable outcomes or provide their management team with improved predictive business intelligence.

Sticky: Learn Data Analysis Online – The Easy Way!

Learn Data Analysis The Easy Way!
Learn Data Analysis - The Easy Way!

Data Analyst Training Courses Are Usually Not Cheap …

But Now, By Using The Latest Advances In Technology …

Data Analysts May Get Trained At Home Or Office …

For A Fraction Of The Traditional Cost!

Full + Comprehensive Suite Of Data Analyst Courses In One Training Package!

  • Statistical Principles Course

  • Central Tendency & Dispersion Course

  • Goodness Of Fit Class

  • Curve Fitting Course

  • Control Charting Class

  • Time Series Analysis Course

  • SQL Data Analysis Courses

Your Opinion Counts – What Makes A Good Data Analyst?

Ask a Burning Question
Ask a Burning Question

In reply to a question by a Statistician transitioning to a data analyst career, I posted the article Are Statistics Or SQL Skills Required In Data Analyst Careers?

My reply also included a Skills Gap Analysis for Statisticians or Mathematicians who want to become data analysts.

I got a comment from another Mathematician / Statistician which I have posted below.

Let me know if you have a comment or opinion or feedback on this issue … here is my reader’s comment:

Jonathan’s Opinion:

I just read through the article entitled ARE STATISTICS OR SQL SKILLS REQUIRED IN DATA ANALYST CAREERS?

Are Statistics Or SQL Skills Required In Data Analyst Careers?

Are Statistics or Sql Skills Required For Data Analyst Jobs?
Are Statistics or Sql Skills Required For Data Analyst Jobs?

This post answers a question about the educational training requirements for a Data Analyst Career.

If you have a Burning Question or a Challenge that you need help with, Click Here To Ask Your Question and I will answer it fully just as I am answering the question below!

Is Statistics / Sql Required For Data Analyst Jobs?

I have a degree in Statistics and I am finding it hard to get a data analyst job even though people from other backgrounds are able to get data analyst jobs.

How To Become A Data Analyst

How To Become A Data Analyst
How To Become A Data Analyst

The data analyst career is one of the popular Information Technology (IT) career tracks available today.

The term data analyst is loosely associated with business data analysts, systems analysts, database analysts, reporting specialists, data researchers, statistical data analysts or marketing data analysts!

However, in this article, I will explain who a data analyst really is and provide a career roadmap or plan for becoming a data analyst.

Who Is A Data Analyst?

The term data analyst refers to someone who works with data or makes sense of the information buried in raw data or draws inferences and conclusions from it.