Some entrants have a degree (SCQF Levels 9-11) in a numerical subject, such as economics, statistics, mathematics, computer science or information systems. For entry you need 4-5 Highers, usually including Maths, with English at least to National 5.
If you don’t have a relevant degree, you can take a postgraduate (SCQF Level 11) course such as big data, business analytics, data analytics or data science.
You could enter through the Civil Service Fast Stream in Digital, Data and Technology, which is a 4 year programme covering a range of areas, including data analytics. A 2:2 degree in any subject is accepted for entry.
You may be able to get in through a Technical Apprenticeship in Data Analytics at SCQF Level 8. For entry you require some subjects at Higher, but requirements vary depending on the employer. Check the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) website for details.
Data analysts can work in a wide range of sectors, including finance, information technology, retail, education, government, healthcare and consulting. Jobs are advertised through recruitment agencies and online.
What Does it Take?
You need to have:
excellent attention to detail
strong analytical skills
a high level of mathematical ability
good communication skills
excellent problem solving skills
good IT skills.
You need to be able to:
understand and interpret complex data
work alone and as part of a team
work to deadlines.
If completing a Technical Apprenticeship, you work towards the Diploma in Data Analytics at SCQF Level 8.
You do on the job training specific to the area of work and sector that you work in.
Training may include courses on data analysis software and tools, data query languages, such as SQL and Oracle, and programming languages, such as Python and MATLAB.