Career Enjoyment: data analyst
A data analyst is someone who works with data, models, and visualisation to identify patterns and trends in data - using techniques such as data mining and various types of statistical analysis. This career tends to have salaries in the range £20-60k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a high earnings potential.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: balance between getting job done and trying out new approaches, using technology to make processes more efficient.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: some element are boring/repetitive, lack of achievement, not much contact with people, high workload, not enough room for radical innovation.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - data analyst - was 3.5, making it as enjoyable as the average career. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Introversion than Extraversion.
- An equal balance between Sensing and iNtuition.
- Slightly more Thinking than Feeling.
- An equal balance between Judgment and Perception.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: solving practical problems; theorising or analysing.
The job does not involve as much: thinking about what motivates people.
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.