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How to Become a Data Analyst

How Long Does It Take to Become a Data Analyst?

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Developing the skills needed to become a Data Analyst can take anywhere between 10 weeks and four years.

This range can be explained by the fact that there are many different paths to a career as a successful Data Analyst. A bachelor’s degree in computer science has traditionally been the starting point for many data professionals (that’s the four-year method), but it’s becoming increasingly common for Data Analysts to land positions directly from data analytics bootcamps and courses, which can be completed in as little as 10 weeks.

Are Data Analytics Courses Worth It?

Yes, data analytics courses are an increasingly worthwhile investment, as these accelerated courses have many advantages over four-year degrees, as they allow for more hands-on learning and targeted skills development.

Our own findings suggest that a large number of professionals are already taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the surging demand for analytics skills—transitioning into (and even being promoted into) roles that demand more technical expertise with data. According to the BrainStation Digital Skills Survey, 76 percent of respondents now working as Data Analysts did not begin their career in data, and 68 percent have been working in the field for five years or less.

It’s worth emphasizing, however, that while Data Analysts enter into the field from a wide range of educational and experiential backgrounds, these positions do require a certain level of technical skill and good working knowledge of various programming languages. Though specialized, it’s still a very technically demanding field. In other words, be ready to embrace lifelong learning, as the industry changes rapidly.

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