DATA ANALYST

Learn about the daily job duties, required skills, and common qualifications to become a data analyst in Australia. Discover information on salary potential, average weekly hours, and the largest regions or industries for employment.

Overview

Data analysts gather statistical information on a specific topic, then organise and assess this data to construct meaningful conclusions. Much of their work involves surveying target subjects to retrieve the information they need; before compiling, presenting, and interpreting their results through charts, databases, or business reports.

On a given day, data analysts may be working with management to determine business data requirements; cleaning, organising, and maintaining existing databases; and communicating any data trends or patterns they find to relevant stakeholders. They may also work with business leaders to improve strategies of mining data and the quality of data results.

Employment for data scientists is expected to grow quite strongly in the coming years – with a 12.9% projected increase in employment by 2025.

Key Skills

  • Sharp skills in mathematics and statistics
  • Ability to collect thorough, accurate sets of data – and extract meaningful insights from the information gathered
  • Programming skills – may be required for building algorithms or systems that efficiently mine and organise data
  • Knowledgeable in common data-oriented programs such as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access
  • Excellent communication skills to share data analysis and interpretations with relevant stakeholders
  • Strong problem-solving skills – needed for crafting solutions to data-related issues or improving on existing collection and analysis processes

Quick Facts

Data analysts can find work across Australia, with New South Wales and Victoria currently holding the largest share of employment. Weekly salary potential is much higher than the all-jobs average, with plenty of opportunity for full-time work.

Salary Range

$63,000 – $130,000 (Median: $94,000)*

Average Weekly Hours

42 hours (vs. all jobs average of 44 hours)*

Main Industries

Financial and Insurance Services; Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; and Education and Training

Most Common Qualification Level

45.4% hold a Post Graduate or Graduate Diploma

STUDY PATHWAYS

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*Sources: payscale.com.au and joboutlook.gov.au – All information is to be used as a guide only, and are accurate at the time of publication.