An MBA for Data Analysts

If you are thinking about pursuing an MBA, one focus worth considering is business analytics (BA). This field pertains to collecting and analyzing data to help businesses operate more efficiently and profitably. A background in BA qualifies you for a job as a data analyst — someone who specializes in collecting and interpreting data. If this sounds like a career you want to pursue, your best option may be an online MBA program with a focus in this area that also gives you flexibility.

What Does a Data Analyst Do?

Data analysts are professionals who collect and analyze information to help businesses or other organizations function more efficiently. The following are some of the typical responsibilities of a data analyst:

  • Translate complex data into understandable facts that you can communicate to managers and others in your company.
  • Collect data using a variety of tools such as SQL databases, spreadsheets, written reports and more.
  • Help your business determine the ideal price point for its good and services.
  • Make recommendations for cutting costs.
  • Help companies meet customers’ needs based on the analysis of data.

To perform these and other tasks, data analysts need a strong background in business analytics, which includes fields such as machine learning and computer languages such as Python, SQL, Hive and SAS. They must also be adept at understanding spreadsheets, such as Excel, to interpret data. You can study all of this and more in an online MBA program.

Earn Your Online MBA to Get a Data Analyst Job

You will need a variety of skills and knowledge to get a data analyst job. While you do not necessarily need a graduate degree for this type of job, employers are impressed by job candidates with an MBA. If you choose a program with a concentration in business analytics, you will emerge with an especially strong background in fields such as database management, machine learning and other areas that are crucial to data analysis. An MBA may help you get a job faster and start with a higher salary than if you only held a bachelor’s degree.

By obtaining your degree online, you can avoid many of the inconveniences typically associated with returning to school. You will be able to create a flexible schedule that allows you to keep your current job. You may also be able to minimize costs by earning your degree online.

An online MBA program with a focus on business analytics can be your path to a successful career as a data analyst. As the business world relies more heavily on big data, there will be an increased need for people who know how to collect and interpret data. By choosing the right MBA program, you can position yourself to profit from the growing importance of data in the global economy.

Learn more about the University of Tennessee Chattanooga online MBA program.


PayScale: Data Analyst Salary (United States)

The Telegraph: Students Feel Benefits of an Online MBA — Even Before Graduation

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