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Data Analyst

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Data Analyst
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€40 - 70 
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Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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The National Skills Bulletin 2016 reports skills shortages in the areas of:

Business intelligence & data analytics: experienced (5 years+) statisticians; entry level and experienced revenue managers (specific sectors, e.g. hospitality); financial systems analysts; economists and data scientists (big data, data visualisations and quantitative modelling).

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IT Business Analysts & Systems Designers

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Business analysts (computing); system analysts; systems consultants; technical analysts (computing); technical architects

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Aged over 55: 10%
Male / Female: 86 / 14%
Non-Nationals: 35%
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At a Glance... header image

Performs analysis of data and works out how the findings of the analysis can best be applied to profit the business.


The Work header image

Whereas a Data Scientist is mainly looking at the unknown, the Data Analyst is mainly looking at the known, i.e. historical data, from new perspectives, or writing custom queries to answer complex business questions.

The role of the Data Analyst is to come-up with and implement new metrics for capturing previously poorly understood parts of the business / product.

As such, Data Analysts perform a variety of tasks related to collecting, organising, and interpreting information. The exact nature of the job will vary depending on the particular business or organisation, for example, a Data Analyst working for a hospital would focus on different elements than an Analyst working with a supermarket chain or in the Financial Services sector. An Internet based business may want to know where its customers are coming from, how much they are spending on purchases, and whether deals like free delivery have an impact on overall profits.

People in this job role look for ways of assigning numerical values to different business functions so that an element can be assessed and compared over time. Analysts are tasked with identifying efficiencies, problem areas, and possible improvements for the organisation.

Data Analysts use computer systems and complex calculation applications to compile their statistics.

Once the information has been collected, analysts are responsible for coming up with some conclusions about what it means, and then educating business executives on how to use it and advising on what differences in numbers mean when looked at from year to year, or across various departments.

Analysts may advise project managers and leaders on how certain data points can be changed or improved over time and about making necessary or beneficial changes e.g. a  health clinic that wants to improve patient through time might ask an analyst to identify the main reasons for delays.

Preparing written summaries to accompany graphs and charts, press releases, and formal reports may also be part of the Analysts job.

Analysts also collaborate with database programmers and administrators to write system modification recommendations or in-house instruction and training materials.

Most of the work analysts do requires computers and statistical software programs, so a certain degree of technical expertise and training is also required.

Program troubleshooting and system security measures, and an ability to adapt to changing technologies, as well as keeping updates current and useful across multiple platforms is also required of the Data Analyst.

 


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Expand or modify system to serve new purposes or improve work flow.

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Test, maintain, and monitor computer programs and systems, including coordinating the installation of computer programs and systems.

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Develop, document and revise system design procedures, test procedures, and quality standards.

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Provide staff and users with assistance solving computer related problems, such as malfunctions and program problems.

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Review and analyze computer printouts and performance indicators to locate code problems, and correct errors by correcting codes.

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Consult with management to ensure agreement on system principles.

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Confer with clients regarding the nature of the information processing or computation needs a computer program is to address.

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Read manuals, periodicals, and technical reports to learn how to develop programs that meet staff and user requirements.

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Coordinate and link the computer systems within an organization to increase compatibility and so information can be shared.

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Determine computer software or hardware needed to set up or alter system.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Programming:   Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Troubleshooting:   Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Systems Analysis:   Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Entry Routesheader image

Third level education is almost always a requirmnent for this job role. Employers typically require Data Analysts to hold at least a Level 8 Degree such as BS in Statistics, Computer science, Business administration, Mathematics, Economics.

People in this role in a business field may undertake an MBA, which gives them more expertise and usually also guarantees a higher salary. Experience working in a related field is also desireable. 

Last Updated: October, 2014


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