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As a reports analysts, you’ll review company data, such as budgeting and accounting reports, to support strategic initiatives. You will also identify and resolve potential data-integrity and other reporting issues. Depending on the industry you work in, you may need specialized experience as well, such as in health care or the financial services industry.
Your employer may require you to perform daily, weekly or monthly analysis and present findings along with areas where you identify room for improvement. For example, you may to help develop forecast potential revenue or document a pricing process. You may also work closely with managers or other department heads, making sure that they understand the data you provide and know how to best address any issues your analysis uncovers.
Part of your job may include maintaining database operations and teaching other employees how to use database applications and tools. Your job may also include providing some technical support, such as by maintaining your company’s website or helping internal and external customers use it or by identifying and resolving technical challenges and helping developers prioritize issues and workflow.
Education and Experience
Most employers will require you to have at least a bachelor’s degree, such as in information technology, statistics or data analysis. You should also have between five and seven years of experience, preferably generating or analyzing reports. Having industry-specific experience may also come in handy. For example, a firm that offers financial consulting services may want you to have experience working with data warehouse projects in the financial industry. Work for a health care provider and you may need to understand hospital abstract reporting systems.
Skills For Success
To succeed as a reports analyst, you must be able to work well with others as well as on your own and have strong reasoning and analytical skills. You must have impeccable communication skills and be comfortable using standard word-processing and spreadsheet programs like Microsoft Word and Excel, database programs like Microsoft Access and Web-based applications. Some employers may also want you to be familiar with SQL or other scripting languages and also familiar developing and data-security protocols.
William Henderson has been writing for newspapers, magazines and journals for more than 15 years. He served as editor of the "New England Blade" and is a former contributor to "The Advocate." His work has also appeared on The Good Men Project, Life By Me and The Huffington Post.
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