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Job Title – Data Analyst


A Data Analyst conducts full life-cycle analysis to include requirements, activities and design. Data analysts develops analysis and reports capabilities. They will also monitor performance and quality control plans to identify improvements. 

Typical Job Activities

Interprets data, analyses results using statistical techniques and provide ongoing reports
Develops and implements databases, data collection systems, data analytics and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality
Acquires data from primary or secondary data sources and maintain databases/data systems
Identifies, analyses, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets
Filters and “cleans” data by reviewing computer reports, printouts, and performance indicators to locate and correct code problems
Works with management to prioritize business and information needs
Locates and defines new process improvement opportunities

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Related Occupations

Data Architect
Database Administrator
Database Developer
Data Manager
Data Scientist

Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with a matric Exception
For a degree at a university in either Computer Science, Information Management or Statistics or related fields.

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics
Recommended subjects: Computer Science, Accounting and Economics

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Be logical
Be analytical
Have technical knowledge
Be able to work both on his own and in a team
Be able to communicate well

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Employment Opportunities 


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Opportunities


International Employment Opportunities


Possible Employers

Government departments
Provincial administrations
Computer bureaus
Any company or business using computer systems and networks

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Relevant Contact Details

Information Technology Industry Training Board

Computer Users Council of South Africa

Career Progress and Path 

Further studies in related fields
Experience in specific field
Work performance
General management studies 

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
Management positions in the specific field
General business management

Employment Stability

Very stable

Reasons to consider this career

I can apply my special skills
I can progress in the business world
I can work with technology
I can work for myself