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Information Analyst

Explore the daily job duties, required skills, and employment opportunities of an information analyst. Discover statistics surrounding employment growth, weekly work hours, and a salary potential.

Overview

Information analysts are tasked with collecting, reviewing, and analysing data on a business’ systems and operational procedures. They then present this information to key leaders and senior-level staff, offering recommendations for business improvement.

These professionals must possess excellent communication skills for presenting and explaining their findings in plain language. They must also have high proficiency in basic word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software; though other, specialised software tools may vary depending on the company. Additionally, a thorough knowledge of IT hardware, software, and services is crucial, required to effectively match technical solutions to specific business requirements.

Information analysts can be found across various industries, though primarily work in large organisations or statistical agencies.

As a subset of data analysts, those aspiring to this role can expect plenty of opportunity in the next five years – with a projected 12.9% job growth, according to SEEK statistics.

Key Skills

  • Experience with basic word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and database software

  • Collaboration and communication skills; required to work with management on analysing business needs and technical requirements

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail

  • Sharp data analysis skills – can extract and interpret meaningful insights from large, unstructured data sets

  • Extensive knowledge of computers, software, hardware, and other critical elements of IT infrastructure

  • An in-depth understanding of business procedures

Quick Facts

ICT business and systems analysts can find work in most regions of Australia, with New South Wales and Victoria currently holding the largest share of workers. Weekly salary potential is currently much higher ($2,274) than the all job average ($1,460) with most employees (90%) working full time.

Salary Range

$72,000 - $87,000 (Median: $80,000)*

*Source: Payscale

Average Weekly Hours

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

*Source: Job Outlook

Main Industries

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Financial and Insurance Services; and Public Administration and Safety

Most Common Qualification Level

47.6% hold a Bachelor’s Degree

STUDY PATHWAYS

Getting the skills you need is simple by studying one of our information technology courses below.

*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.

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