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Data Analyst Career Path – Options, Skills, Requirements and Salaries That’ll SKYROCKET YOUR CAREER

Lillian Pierson, P.E.

Lillian Pierson, P.E.

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Do your data analyst career options seem unclear to you? So, you’ve got data analysis skills and you’re wondering what all you can do with them? Well, I’ve got great news for you! In this article, we’re going to cover 30 different incredible roles that you can land with a data analyst skill set and the compensation statistics associated with each, starting at $45k per year salary and moving into a literally unlimited earning capacity. 

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Who am I to tell you anything about a data career, anyway?

Well, I’m Lillian Pierson and – through my partnerships with LinkedIn Learning and Wiley publishers – I’m so grateful to say that I’ve helped educate well over a million data professionals on AI and data strategy. I’ve been a data entrepreneur since 2012, and in my business, Data-Mania – I help data professionals transform into world-class data leaders and entrepreneurs… 

Career Options

entry level data analyst roles

First, let’s talk about career options when you’re just starting as a data analyst. You can use entry level data analysis skills to be a:

  1. Data Analyst
  2. Risk Analyst
  3. Statistical Analyst
  4. Applied Scientist
  5. Research Scientist
  6. Data Journalist
  7. Public Health Analyst
  8. Sales and Marketing Analyst
  9. Data Steward
  10. Market Research Analyst
  11. GIS Analyst
  12. Operations Analyst
  13. Continuous Improvement Manager
  14. Data Privacy Analyst
  15. Insights Specialist
  16. Product Analyst
  17. Public Policy Research Analyst
  18. Financial Analyst
  19. Healthcare Analyst

And the list goes on…

Not only that, as you progress in your career and you grow from a data analyst to either a more sophisticated data implementation provider or a leader, you have all sorts of advanced level career opportunities, like:

  1. Data Scientist
  2. Quantitative Analyst
  3. Reporting Analyst
  4. Business Analyst
  5. Learning Analytics Scientist
  6. Metrics Analyst
  7. Business Intelligence Analyst
  8. Analytics Manager
  9. Product Manager
  10. Analytics Translator
  11. Data Product Owner

Hey so, tell me in the comments below, which of these roles are you currently working in today?

Now, let’s talk about your skills and requirements you need to get into place before taking your first job as a data analyst…

Skills and Requirements

Data analyst career optionsYou will, of course, need to have a STEM degree, as well as technical skills in programming, math, databases, science predictive analytics and model building. 

In terms of programming languages, you wanna have some experience in Python, R and SQL.

You’ll also need strong consulting skills such as analytical skills, reporting acumen, ability to manage multiple priorities and strong communication skills.

If you’re finding this video interesting so far, don’t miss out on the recent video I did on how to discover your inner data superhero. Check it out here.

Last but not least – let’s talk about salaries…


I just mentioned 19 entry-level roles you could get as a data analyst or with data analyst skills. According to the research I did on Indeed, the salary for those entry-level roles ranges from $45-$75k per year and as you advanced in your data career and take one of the most sophisticated roles that I named, you can expect to earn anywhere from $65-$120k per year in annual salaries.

If you don’t like these numbers, don’t be discouraged because it is always possible for you to rise to the Top-Level – The <1% of earners in the data field. If you were to take your data analyst skills and you were to transition and develop into a super sophisticated and badass data implementation person, you could always get a role at somewhere like Facebook, and get a data scientist position at a Level E6 where the annual compensation package is at $570K per year.

The good news is, if you find that you don’t really love implementation work all day, everyday, you can take your same starting data analyst position and slowly evolve into a sophisticated data leader. Something like a data product manager or product manager and the compensation statistics on the same level at (Level E6) at Facebook for Product Managers is actually $499K according to

Lastly, if you’re kind of a lone wolf and you prefer to work for yourself, you can always become a data entrepreneur like Reed Hastings, who founded Netflix. What’s his net worth today? A whopping $5 Billion – according to Business Insider.

So if you loved this utra-meta discussion on all the incredible things you can do when you start off your career as a data analyst, then I invite you to take the data superhero quiz.

It’s a free and super-fun 45-second quiz that’s all about you and how your personality type aligns with the top 50 data roles that companies are actively hiring for… It’s fun, free and it will provide you with personalized data career recommendations, complete with potential roles that fit your unique skills and passions, as well as salaries associated with those roles.

Take the Data Superhero’s Quiz today!

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