Hi guys, so I am wanting to have a career shift and I am curious if anyone can give me some advice on what it is like being a data analyst?
Though I may have limited experience, I have a BS in Business Administration. I am currently getting a certificate in Data analytics, and I am teaching myself SQL and Python.

What else could I do to make resume stand out more? What could I expect as a starting salary? Are there options to wfh?

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BID 1: Thank you so much! I greatly appreciate it.

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I went from legal transcriptionist to data analyst to bi developer. I started by delving into advanced Excel. First VLOOKUP, and then building reports with PowerQuery. That gave me a good introduction to data cleansing and transformation. I also learned the importance of .csv and got comfortable with import/export processes for data updates and maintenance. This set a good foundation to understanding relational databases and warehouses once I decided to pursue SQL. I worked through the w3 schools tutorial, and took the cert to an interview for a developer role. I didn't have any real world experience, but they didn't have any immediate "fires" that needed addressed because the platform wasn't live yet, so it ended up working out. I still don't know python... It's on my list of coding languages I want to learn, haha. 🙃 Best of luck, AMA

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This is a great piece of advice, I really appreciate it. Thank you so much! I feel like I am headed in a good direction now.

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Are you doing the Google data analytics cert? Also following

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Yes, the Google Analytics cert

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Message me if you looking for software engineer jobs

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PSA: You do not need a PhD to become a data scientist or any other role in data analytics, generally speaking.

Anyone who demands a PhD as a prereq for entry level is an elitist and should not be making business decisions.

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