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Job Spotlight Big Data Analyst

“Big Data” is the huge volume of data that inundates businesses on a daily basis. Analysts break it down and make it usable.

What do they do?

Specialise in the analysis and presentation of large and complex data sets. This includes the identification, collection and analysis of big data for the purpose of improving decision making and gaining a competitive advantage in the market.

Information empowers businesses. It can be used to identify the causes of problems or failures, calculate ways to make cost reductions and time savings. Generate coupons for customers based on their unique buying habits. Direct new product development and smart business decision making. It can also be used to calculate risks and detect fraudulent behaviour.

If you’ve got a great head for figures and enjoy the challenge of figuring out patterns and trends then a future in the growing field of Big Data Analytics is well worth investigating

Duties:

  • Find new ways to use data and to improve business
  • Create collection systems, processes and reporting
  • Write reports clearly describing findings
  • Translate and extrapolate relevant and useful data
  • Cross-reference and make interpretations from large, multiple data sets
  • Present data and findings for customers

Skills required:

  • Maths and technology
  • Logical
  • Analytical & problem-solving
  • Creative
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Continuous learner – update skills and knowledge

Pathways

Bachelor’s degree in Maths, Statistics, Computer Science, Information Management, Finance or Economics

Average salary is $105,408 per year (Source: au.indeed.com)

Job growth in this area is very strong (source: Joboutlook.gov.au)

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