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What Does A Data Analyst Do?

With more and more viable, tech-driven opportunities opening up these days for those seeking employment, you may be wondering—what does a Data Analyst do? Data Analysts solve problems for companies by collecting, optimizing, understanding and presenting data. There is increasing demand for Data Analysts in pretty much every major industry—from healthcare, to finance, to engineering, to fashion, to law, to media, and more.

Examples of the types of questions Data Analysts answer include how companies should spend their marketing and advertising budget, what types of people are most vulnerable to a specific illness or condition, and what social issues are most important to a particular demographic.

As you may have gathered, there are opportunities to apply data analytics to almost any topic that interests you. Read this blog to determine whether you could apply your skills to a rewarding career as a Data Analyst.

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More Women Are Choosing Software Development Jobs

Editor's Note: This post was originally published September 2015 and has recently been updated and revised for accuracy and comprehensiveness. 

In 2018, the IT industry has seen significant gains in female participation in developer positions, but more work remains to be done. A recent HackerRank study indicates that women under 25 are now 33% more likely to study computer science than those who were born before 1983. Newly emerging niches in software development are prime areas for growth for female developers, notably cloud development and DevOps. Read more about Cloud Development, DevOps, or continue reading an updated version of the original 2015 article below.

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Women Are Needed to Fill IT Vacancies

The information technology job market stays fairly stable, even during recent times of economic downturn. Growth in technology sectors such as big data, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, data center consolidation and cybersecurity are creating exciting new opportunities for IT professionals. The rise of big data, for example, is fueling new paths for IT workers with DB2 certification. Likewise, the perilous cyberthreat landscape is actually leading to an overabundance of cybersecurity positions, as many companies struggle to fill these job vacancies. 

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