Some entrants have a degree 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 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.
The Civil Service have also offered in the past a Fast Track Apprenticeship in Digital, Data and Technology for school leavers, allowing you to specialise in data analysis. See their website (under 'Contacts') for details on availability.
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.