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!

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?

How to Get a Job in Web Data Analytics?

Part 11 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
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.

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.

How To Write Complicated Or Complex SQL Queries

Part 9 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
Master Complex SQL Queries
Master Complex SQL Queries

Many database professionals have a hard time writing complex, complicated or advanced SQL queries for the following reasons.

In a healthcare database project that I consulted on, I had to write fairly complicated and efficient SQL queries for physicians at several practices because of their specialized reporting requirements.

The real problem was not the complexity of the physicians database but it’s poor suitability to the physicians reporting needs.

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 Answer Data Analyst Interview Questions Correctly

Part 5 of 13 in the Series: Data Analyst Jobs or Careers or Work
Data Analyst Interview
Ace your Data Analyst Interview

If you are looking for a scientific way to boost your data analysis skills or ace your Data Analyst job interviews, start using practice tests.

Research has shown that practice tests or quizzes improve retention, recall or understanding.

Research has also proven that workers who study and take quizzes have better long-term recall than their colleagues who study without taking quizzes.

Don’t use practice tests only in preparation for certification exams because they are useful for much more than that!