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How do I Become an Information Analyst?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 20 May 2018
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There are four steps required to become an information analyst: post-secondary training, related work experience, apply for a job, and complete the job interview process. An information analyst conducts research, develops statistical analysts and interprets the results of the analysis.

People who have an analytical thought process, enjoy working independently, and are comfortable exploring multiple scenarios find the greatest satisfaction in this type of work. The most important skill for an information analyst relates to the use of sophisticated computer software. Information analysts must be able to work with multiple software and systems to structure the data, extract the required information and complete the task as assigned.

The first requirement to become an information analyst is to complete a post-secondary education program. Although many firms will accept a college diploma, the vast majority of firms prefer a university degree. It is very common for firms to require a master's degree in information studies or statistics to become an information analyst. This position has the most exacting requirements and necessitates a high level of skill.

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Related work experience includes data management, information studies professional, research student, or information analysts assistant. These jobs all require signification knowledge of data management systems, organizational structures of data and related software packages. Information analysts positions are most suitable to candidates who have at least five years' post graduate working experience. The job requires a combination of technical skills and an understanding of the business environment and related context.

When applying for a job to become an information analyst, be sure to proofread your resume and cover letter, double checking for any grammar or spelling mistakes. As part of the application process, research and data information firms may require candidates to complete a preliminary data analysis exercise. The purpose of the exercise is to ensure that all candidates available for interviewing have the required skill sets.

During the job interview process, most employers have a standard list of questions and are looking for complete, concise responses. Keep in mind that everything you say will be written down and reviewed. Read up on the latest research techniques and terms, to ensure that you can use the latest buzz words where appropriate.

Many people remain as analysts for their entire careers, using lateral position moves to keep their work varied and interesting. Talk to your human resources manager about the career options available to you within the firm. A senior analyst can also use her skills to write books and conduct research, in addition to the regular job.

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