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How Do I Become a Data Specialist?

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  • Written By: Jennifer Leigh
  • Edited By: Lauren Fritsky
  • Last Modified Date: 14 September 2019
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Data specialists hold an important position at many organizations because they handle databases, websites and technical support. You can become a data specialist by having valuable technical skills relating to computers, receiving an education in a related area or gaining on-the-job experience with an organization. The positions vary in their responsibility and in the level of education required in order to obtain a position. A solid resume and references can help you get your foot in the door to become a data specialist.

A high school diploma is generally required to become a data specialist, though many companies require an undergraduate degree or higher. Degrees in computer science or information technology are helpful when trying to become hired. Certain positions require that applicants take a test prior to employment to determine whether they will be successful at the technical aspects of the job. A data specialist inputs data into a computer, so he or she needs to be skilled at typing and knowledgeable about technology to get hired at a position.

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On-the-job training is provided in certain organizations for those who do not wish to seek further education. You can find positions such as these by contacting large organizations that provide data for people and asking them about current job openings in the data department. If you would prefer to continue with your education, there are opportunities available for internships, which can help you become a data specialist. You would work in a department under an experienced data specialist to learn what he or she does on a daily basis. Both of these opportunities provide a good way to find out if the job is right for you.

One of the most important things to become a data specialist, whether you have an education or not, is to show potential employers your skills. Your resume and interview are the times that you can showcase your technical skills in order to impress the potential employer. Make sure that you mention all of the instances that you have successfully worked with computers and data in the past. Try to include references who are aware of your skills in these areas on your resume.

Since the positions in this line of work are so varied, it is possible to find jobs where you will work remotely as well as those within an organization. You will need to show that you are responsible to become a data specialist who works remotely. Jobs to apply for can be found on database websites as well as through private organizations.

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