Data Analyst - BCS Guides to IT Roles

Book Description

Data is constantly increasing; everything from app usage, to sales, to customer surveys generate data in an average business. Out on the streets data is everywhere too, from speed and security cameras, weather monitoring and measuring footfall to name just a few examples. Against this backdrop, data analysts are in higher demand than ever. This book is an essential guide to the role of data analyst. Aspiring data analysts will discover what data analysts do all day, what skills they will need for the role, and what regulations they will be required to adhere to. Practising data analysts can explore useful data analysis tools, methods and techniques, brush up on best practices and look at how they can advance their career. -- 'Data Analyst is an entertaining and comprehensive guide to an increasingly important role in modern life. An upbeat romp through all facets, it introduces and explains definitions, techniques, structures, regulations and career paths at a pace which leaves no room for boredom. For someone contemplating life as a data analyst, this book is an eloquent eye-opener on what to expect and how to get involved, written by people who know. Written not unlike a piece of code, it does the job efficiently and thoroughly. Practical career tips, anecdotes and a ‘day-in-the-life’ description bring the mysteries of the profession to life. The authors have a passion for the subject and do a good job in sharing their enthusiasm. Packed with useful information, the book is clearly aimed that those starting out, although many seasoned professionals may also consider it a valuable resource, particularly if considering a new career direction.' Hugh Clark , Award Winning Quant Hedge Fund Manager, retired, and Strategic expert consultant in banking --- 'You’ll realise what life as a data analyst is really like.’ Graeme McDermott , Chief Data Officer, Addison Lee

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half-Title Page
  3. BCS, THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE FOR IT
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright Page
  6. Contents
  7. Author
  8. List of figures and tables
  9. Authors
  10. Foreword
  11. Acknowledgements
  12. Abbreviations
  13. 1. INTRODUCTION TO DATA ANALYSIS
    1. What is data analysis?
    2. Advances in computer science
    3. Advances in data storage
    4. Advances in data processing
    5. Advances in statistical and machine learning
    6. Legal and ethical considerations for data analysis
    7. How the IT industry can address the challenges of data analysis
    8. Summary
  14. 2. THE ROLE OF DATA ANALYST
    1. What is a data analyst?
    2. Affiliated roles and differences
    3. Key industries where data analysts work
    4. Nature of tasks undertaken by data analysts
    5. Data analyst key responsibilities
    6. Data analyst key skills
    7. Summary
  15. 3. TOOLS, METHODS AND TECHNIQUES
    1. Tools
    2. Methods
    3. Techniques
    4. Summary
  16. 4. RELEVANT REGULATIONS AND BEST PRACTICES FOR DATA ANALYSTS
    1. Working with other people’s data
    2. The regulatory response
    3. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    4. Data security
    5. Data governance
    6. Data quality
    7. Engaging with the organisation – the data community
    8. Data provenance
    9. Summary
  17. 5. CAREER PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES
    1. The changing role of the data analyst
    2. Career opportunities
    3. Building a career as a data analyst: getting started
    4. Building a career as a data analyst: developing your role
    5. Career progression: what next as a data analyst?
    6. Career planning
    7. Summary
  18. 6. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DATA ANALYST
    1. A typical day in the life of a data analyst
    2. Top tips for data analysts
  19. References
  20. Further reading
  21. Index
  22. Back Cover

Product Information

  • Title: Data Analyst - BCS Guides to IT Roles
  • Author(s): Rune Rasmussen, Harish Gulati, Charles Joseph, Clare Stanier, Obi Umegbolu
  • Release date: March 2019
  • Publisher(s): BCS Learning & Development Limited
  • ISBN: None