Help me crunch numbers...forever
December 4, 2013 6:26 AM Subscribe
What are some potential career paths for someone who loves doing data analysis? What can I be doing right now to build my skills and experience?
posted by capricorn to Work & Money (19 answers total) 63 users marked this as a favorite
For a while I've been kind of flailing around in terms of my career path. I have a bachelor's degree in linguistics and I work in entry-level nonprofit program management. I'm in a stable situation right now in terms of my job, but I always want to keep the future in mind so I can be aware of the kinds of professional development I want to be doing, and for the most part that future has been a huge blank.
Everyone keeps advising me to find my passion, and when every once in a while, I get the chance to work with data, numbers, surveys, polling, etc, I realize that turning a big mess of data (numerical or otherwise) into organized information that actually tells me something is totally the thing that I like doing. I love doing this at work when someone hands me a spreadsheet and asks me to make sense of it, I love doing it in my spare time with informal polling and graphing of information I'm interested in, and my reading list is full of data- and statistics-oriented blogs and articles.
I want to do this stuff every day. So: how do I get there from here? What types of careers involve a lot of number crunching? What background do people who do analysis typically have, and what can I do in my spare time to brush up on it? Looking further into the future, what kind of educational and professional goals should I have?