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I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie. I write a lot about writing, TV, movies, jokes, and my daily life and opinions. I have another blog promoting my TV project at www.thevertexfighter.blogspot.com.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Big data analyst

Oct. 22, 2015 Career research: I was reading in the Globe and Mail and it mentioned a few jobs that will make a lot of money.  I wrote it down and now I'm doing the research.

Big data analyst- Big data analytics is the process of examining large data sets containing a variety of data types -- i.e., big data -- to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations, market trends, customer preferences and other useful business information. The analytical findings can lead to more effective marketing, new revenue opportunities, better customer service, improved operational efficiency, competitive advantages over rival organizations and other business benefits.

The primary goal of big data analytics is to help companies make more informed business decisions by enabling data scientists, predictive modelers and other analytics professionals to analyze large volumes of transaction data, as well as other forms of data that may be untapped by conventional business intelligence (BI) programs. That could include Web server logs and Internet clickstream data, social media content and social network activity reports, text from customer emails and survey responses, mobile-phone call detail records and machine data captured by sensors connected to the Internet of Things. Some people exclusively associate big data with semi-structured and unstructured data of that sort, but consulting firms like Gartner Inc. and Forrester Research Inc. also consider transactions and other structured data to be valid components of big data analytics applications.


What should I study or learn if I want to be a data analyst?

John Marsland, Analytics | User Acquisition | Negronis
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Alon Amit, Co-founder at Origami Logic, ex-Google and Facebook Product…
I'm self-taught analyst who has worked in various analytical roles, and I'm currently in a role at Zynga in which data analytics is a critical part of my daily decision making.

Two years ago, I wrote an article on how someone should teach themselves business intelligence skills. It's dated, opinionated, (and long), but the Excel and SQL sections are still relevant today:
http://john.marsland.org/blog/bu...

If you want to learn how to be a data analyst, follow the following steps
1. Master Microsoft Excel
2. Learn Basic SQL
3. Learn Basic Web Development
4. Dive into a Concentration


Step 1: Graduate from a Bachelor's Degree Program

Most employers seek candidates with a bachelor's degree in information technology or statistics. Bachelor programs in information technology may offer a concentration or minor in data management. Classes may cover topics in systems analysis and design, emerging technologies, business practices and trends, IT project management and database management systems. Programs in statistics focus more on mathematical analysis of information than on the information databases themselves. Classes in these programs may cover topics like applied regression analysis, statistical mathematics, discrete data analysis, probability, linear algebra and programming.


My opinion: In the Globe and Mail it said it will make $72,000-$96,000.  After I did the research, there is a lot of IT.  It doesn't really interest me.

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