Starting a Career in Analytcs (Post 2): Technical Skill
This is the gritty, mechanical side of the job. It’s where you get your hands dirty. It’s where you get things done that other people ascribe to magic.
And the best part about it is that most (if not all) of this can be learned for free. You don’t have to get a degree in analytics (although we’re not downplaying how awesome that is) to have the skills. You just have to know where to look.
Below is a short list of skills you need to know. They take some time and effort, but they are all attainable and can be learned a la your convenience. There are many, many online resources.
Mix and match these according to your specific interests, but as a whole you should be able to:
– Write SQL code
– Create predictive models (Python, R, and SAS are big names here)
– Work with Google Analytics
– Do Data Visualization (Tableau is hands down the best in the field)
– Work Excel like a boss
There are of course other skills you can pursue that will elevate your technical prowess to an even higher level. But these five are the basics. And if you can do them, you’re already fixing to be a top tier analytics professional.
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