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Data-Driven Careers You Probably Haven’t Thought About

July 15, 2020

If you are interested in pursuing a career that involves data, you have many options to consider. Here are three up and coming data-driven jobs you should think about as you plan your career path.

Database Administrator

The primary responsibility of a database administrator is to protect the information in a database. They are tasked with making sure the database runs efficiently. To do this, they install and use special software that stores and organizes data. Their work revolves around managing the data and maintaining its integrity.

Prospective database administrators can prepare themselves for the career by obtaining the appropriate training and education. A bachelor’s degree is usually required for the job, in addition to technical proficiency and industry required certifications. Because database administrators work with others to maintain a secure database, they also need to develop soft skills such as leadership and communication.  

Competitive Intelligence

Competitive intelligence is becoming an increasingly popular field. Those who work in competitive intelligence work to gather data for various clients about their competitors. You would be using a wide range of research tools to obtain this information, and then synthesize that data into a format that your client could use. You would need to be a fast learner and able to adapt to various technologies, online tools, and applications. You’ll also need to develop skill in analytical thinking so that you can see the most important information within a set of data. There are many jobs in competitive intelligence in diverse industries.

Business Analyst

The job of a business analyst is to assess a business in order to help it become more efficient in its processes, products, services, and software through data analysis. Business analysts will use a combination of hard and soft skills. Many businesses require their analysts to be proficient in database programming languages, as well as know how to navigate complex software. Analysts who are good technical writers are in high demand, as they are often required to create reports, plans, and other documentation. And of course, business analysts must be trained to gather and analyze data.  


As you plan your career, don’t forget to consider working as a database administrator, competitive intelligence, and business analyst. While each of three careers require the ability to work with data, they offer the flexibility of working in many diverse industries. This flexibility can allow you to find a career within your skillset that meets your needs.

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