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?

Hi:

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!

Part 26 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
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?

Why Successful People Are Passionate About Their Jobs

Part 16 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
Success Principles: Discover Your Passion!
Success Principles: Discover Your Passion!

Do You Want To Live An Inspired Life?

First, discover your passion and work a job you really love.

Second, turn your passion into a set of excellent skills using practice tests or quizzes.

Third, bring your passion to the market using Push (emailing your branded resumes) or PULL Techniques (Social Media Marketing).

Here is a question for you; Do You Really Love Your Job?

A Day In The Life Of A Data Analyst

Part 10 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
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?

Part 9 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
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.

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

Part 7 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
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.

Why Data Analysts Use Microsoft Excel?

Part 8 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
The Data Analysts Career Path
The Data Analysts Career Path

Microsoft Excel is commonly used for data analysis because it’s part of the popular Microsoft Office Suite and it even comes pre-installed on some computers!

Unlike statistical analysis packages like, SAS and SPSS, Excel is relatively inexpensive and widely accessible to small businesses and mid-sized businesses in a variety of industries including healthcare, finance, sales and marketing etc.

Microsoft Excel is used in organizing and analyzing data, performing complex calculations as well as creating graphical displays.

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

Part 6 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
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.

How To Become A Data Analyst

Part 2 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
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.