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  • Patrick J. Wolfe

    Patrick J. Wolfe

    Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science at Purdue University

    Patrick J. Wolfe, an award-winning researcher in the mathematical foundations of data science, is the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science at Purdue University and was named the 2018 Distinguished Lecturer in Data Science by the IEEE.

  • Professor Amey Karkare

    Professor Amey Karkare

    Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur

    Professor Amey Karkare is the Poonam and Prabhu Goel Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur. His areas of focus are applications of Program Analysis, Compiler Optimizations, Software Engineering, and Machine Learning to build software systems.

  • Rick Hefner

    Rick Hefner

    Caltech CTME, Program Director

    Dr. Rick Hefner serves as the Program Director for Caltech’s CTME, where he develops customized training programs for technology-driven organizations. He has over 40 years of experience in systems development and has served in academic, industrial, and research positions. 



  • What are analytics courses?

    Analytics courses take learners on the journey of analyzing raw data and extracting meaningful and actionable data insights. By taking analytics courses, learners can gain a solid foundation, learn effective data analysis techniques, and acquire the necessary skills for a successful career.

    In analytics courses, learners enjoy hands-on experience and come across statistical and analytics tools, learning about data patterns and the techniques of analyzing data to draw insights and make data-based decisions. Analytics is essential in business, data science, and many other fields. And anyone attending an analytics course can prepare to establish a career in the respective fields and build portfolio projects.

  • What are the different types of analytics?

    There are generally four distinct categories of analytics, and they are recognized as follows:

    • Predictive Analysis

    • Descriptive Analysis

    • Prescriptive Analysis

    • Diagnostic Analysis

  • What are the top analytics courses to attend?

  • Is analytics considered a good career path?

    Yes, choosing analytics as a career path is indeed a good choice. A learner skilled in analytics can enjoy careers in some of the fastest-growing fields with hefty demands for professionals. This can be data science, business analytics, business intelligence, and data analytics. The demand for data analysts is also massive. As stated by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for data analysts is expected to increase much faster than before, at 23%. This is, in fact, good news for those willing to establish a career in this industry.

  • How can you become an analyst?

    To become an analyst, learners must acquire the knowledge and skills desired in a professional. Other than attending an analytics course, one must:

    • Develop An In-Depth Understanding Of The World Of Analytics And Find Out The Purpose Of An Analyst

    • Build Mandatory Technical Skills

    • Data Analysis Skills

    • System Analysis

    • Basic Understanding Of Programming 

    • Master In Coding, Such As Learning Python Or R Programming Languages

    • Get Familiar With Data Visualization Tools

    • Solve Real-World Projects

    • Work With Analytics Tools 

    • Build A Job Portfolio

    • Financial Analysis 

    • Take Informed Decisions Based On Analysis Reports 

    • Get Familiar With The Advanced Concepts Of Analytics

    • Analyze Data And Deal With Raw Data

    • Master Marketing Analytics

    • Google Analytics Skills And How To Use Google Ads As A Marketing Tool  

    • Track Website Traffic For Businesses And Understand User Behavior 

    • Develop Communication Skills 

  • How much time does it take to become an analyst?

    It usually depends from person to person how much time is required to become an analyst. If learners have acquired a degree that supports their career as a data analyst, then a short professional certificate course ranging between four months to one year can fully prepare them for the professional world. Analytics can be a complex field for beginners, so learners can train at their own pace and build the required skills. 

  • What qualifications do you require to become an analyst?

    To proceed with a professional career, learners must hold a bachelor's degree in computer science, statistics, or mathematics. And along with that, they must obtain a diploma or a post-graduate diploma or any other similar course in analytics to prove that they have enough knowledge about the field. An analytics course can be of different types, focusing on business analytics, data analysis, or data science. These programs can help understand the field and the crucial role of an analyst.

  • What skills do you need to become an analyst?

    An analyst is a skilled professional with sound knowledge and an eye for detail. These professionals get hired for their exceptional skills. Companies, while hiring, usually look for these list of in-demand skills that are necessary to become an analyst:

    • Skills Analyze Data And Function With Raw Data

    • Data Management Skills

    • Machine Learning Skills

    • Search Engine Optimization Skills

    • Programming Skills 

    • Familiarity With Google Data Studio And Other Google Products Used In Analytics

    • Building Marketing Strategy

    • Building Website Traffic

    • Statistical Analysis

    • Working With Data Visualization Tools

    • Artificial Intelligence Skills

    • Matlab And SQL Skills 

    • Work With Google Analytics Reports 

    • Working With Marketing Analytics Tools

    • Working With Google Sheets And Guided Projects 

    • Calculus And Linear Algebra Skills 

    • Interpretive Skills

    • Communication Skills

    • Digital Marketing Skills

    • Critical Thinking

    • Problem-Solving Skills

  • What is the salary of an analyst?

    Analysts are highly paid professionals and enjoy lucrative careers with lots of scopes. Data analysts demonstrate a huge demand worldwide and have an average pay scale of $65,112

    In contrast, according to the U.S. News And World Reports, financial analysts have an average annual salary of $81,730. 

    Business analysts also have equally higher pay and, on average get paid around $76,559.  

  • What does a data analyst do?

    The primary job of a data analyst is to interpret data sets and analyze them to help businesses make important data-based decisions. A data analyst collects, cleans, organizes, interprets, stores, and processes data to bring growth to an organization.

    The analyst is responsible for maintaining databases and data systems and, most importantly, translating data into useful information that can be incorporated into business decisions for progression. With a data analyst, it is possible to solve complex data-related problems in an organization, raise more revenue, track competitors, and make better decisions. 

  • Is it mandatory to master coding skills to become an analytics professional?

    For analysts, technical skills are one of the core skills, but not all analyst jobs require coding. There are many advantages to learning coding but some analyst jobs do not rely on them. For instance, positions like business analyst, digital marketing expert, or project manager, do not necessitate coding skills despite encompassing analytical responsibilities. 

  • What are the career scopes after attending an analytics course?

    After completing analytics courses, there are huge scopes for building careers and choosing some of the best positions. Learners can fill up these positions in the best companies:

    • Data Analyst

    • Analytics Manager

    • Senior Analyst

    • Chief Data Officer (CDO)

    • Business Analyst

    • Financial Analyst

    • Data Scientist

    • Research Marketers 

    • Big Data Manager

    • Data Engineer

    • Business Intelligence Manager

    • Data Architect

    • Product Managers

    • System Analyst

    • Machine Learning Analyst

    • Financial Analyst

    • Director of Analytics

  • Is it difficult to become an analytics professional?

    It is relatively easy to become an analytics professional if learners have a computer science, statistics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, or mathematics degree. If they can acquire in-depth knowledge and necessary skills through professional courses, it becomes easier to succeed in this career path. 

    Analysts rely on tools, techniques, and skills; anyone who can master that will get more value from industry experts.  

  • Is Python mandatory for becoming an analyst?

    Not all analytics roles require Python, but coding skills are a plus for those willing to grow in the field of data science. Python is the most commonly used programming language in data science and data analytics. Besides Python, R is another popularly-used programming language in the field of data science; however, python, a more user-readable open-source language, is given more preference. So, if students can master python, they can enhance the technical skills required for analytics positions.

  • Is R a good choice for data analysis?

    R is among the widely-used programming languages in the process of data analysis. Learning R programming can be a good choice if learners wish to skip Python and SQL. Statistics have shown that R provides better data visualizations and more interactive graphical results and is an excellent choice for analyzing unstructured and structured data. 

    This is the reason R is one of the most-preferred coding languages in data analysis. R is also considered one of the key programming languages among data scientists for its statistical accuracy. 

    Anyone planning to work with data analysis or explore the field of data analytics can get major benefits from mastering R and using it as a skill for analyzing data for businesses. 

  • Which is a better option to learn for becoming an analyst, Python or SQL?

    When it comes to becoming analysts, both Python and SQL have their advantages. SQL is often considered the easier coding language in data science, while Python is renowned as the ultimate tool for its high efficiency, user-readability, and open-source nature. Python's flexibility in data extraction makes it a preferred choice, and its user-friendly interface makes it accessible for beginners. With their widespread adoption and efficient results, Python and SQL have emerged as popular languages for analysts.

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