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Job Title – Junior Data Analyst


A Junior Data Analyst translates numbers into plain English. Every business collects data, whether it's sales figures, market research, logistics, or transportation costs. A data analyst's job is to take that data and use it to help companies make better business decisions. This could mean figuring out how to price new materials for the market, how to reduce transportation costs, solve issues that cost the company money, or determine how many people should be working on Saturdays. 

There are many different types of data analysts in the field, including operations analysts, marketing analysts, financial analysts, etc.

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 interprets 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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Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption
An appropriate B-Degree with Information Management, Computer Science, Statistics or Mathematical Statistics as major subjects
High level teaching and research require a post-graduate qualification in Statistics
Strong knowledge of and experience with reporting packages (Business Objects etc), databases (SQL etc), programming (XML, JavaScript, or ETL frameworks)
Knowledge of statistics and experience using statistical packages for analysing datasets (Excel, SPSS, SAS etc)

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics
Recommended subjects: Economics, Business Economics and Accounting

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

Have mathematical aptitude and a preference for working with figures
Be able to reason logically
Have a well-developed sense for planning and analysing problems to be able to solve or take on problems
outside his field of experience
Be able to express his ideas and views in simple and clear language
Co-operate well with others
Be able to work with computers

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Possible Employers

Colleges, Technikons and universities
Business organisations
Research institutions
Government departments
Market research firms
The Central Statistical Service
Financial institutions
International organisations e.g. World Bank

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Relevant Contact Details

South African Statistical Association

Career Progress and Path

Further studies in the specific career field
Experience in specific field
Work performance
Do presentations, seminars, etc.

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can apply my special skills
I’ll be able to learn new things on an ongoing basis
I can work with numbers