As we now have access to more data than we ever did before, companies can now make better decisions based on qualitative and quantitative analysis. And with access to more data, the analyst role is projected to grow. From entry level analyst to senior analyst to managing analyst, from procurement to supply chain to marketing/sales, from agriculture to metals to oil and gas, from non-profits to start ups to fortune 500 companies, data is everywhere and someone needs to make sense of all of it. The analyst role is one of the most important roles in a company in order to operate and grow.
In an article published by ‘Business Insider’ in December 2015 based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 21 best jobs of the future are registered nurses, general and operations managers, software applications developers, computer systems analysts, physicians and surgeons, accountants and auditors, management analysts, computer and information systems managers first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers, personal financial advisers, physical therapists, market research analysts and marketing specialists, software systems developers, medical and health services managers, wholesale and manufacturing sales reps, lawyers, licensed practical and vocational nurses, electricians, financial managers, nurse practitioners, and elementary school teachers.
As you can see from the chart of the best jobs ranked from left to right, based on Business Insider’s algorithm, the computer systems analyst is ranked 4th while the management analyst and the market research analyst are ranked 7th and 12th, respectively. If we add the analyst positions together, excluding all other analyst positions not listed, this job is ranked 2nd based on the number of projected positions by 2024 after the registered nurses. Again this is not accounting for all other analyst positions. On a weighted average, the median salary based on 2014 figures is ranked in the top 12, and this is not accounting for financial analysts that typically start at over 6 figures with investment banks. Just a bit analysis for you to make sense of it. Wonder what we can do with more data like demographics, education attainment, location, industry, etc.
So what? We developed this group so that any analyst no matter what level, department, or industry, has a place for guidance and support, access to a community of fellow analysts, and a resource to facilitate the increase of analytical skills, increase of industry knowledge and career growth.
As shown on our home page, we will meet our goals in developing, connecting, promoting, and growing by creating a community of analysts, offering professional development and resources, and coordinating fun networking socials for members, partners, and professionals.
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