What is a Data Analyst?

A Data Analyst collects, organises and studies data to provide business insight. In this role, you will:

  • apply tools and techniques for data analysis and data visualisation (including the use of business information tools)
  • identify, collect, and migrate data to and from a range of systems
  • manage, clean, abstract and aggregate data alongside a range of analytical studies on that data
  • manipulate and link different data sets
  • summarise and present data and conclusions in the most appropriate format for users

What transferrable skills should a Data Analyst possess?

You will need the following skills for this role, although the level of expertise for each will vary, depending on the role level.

  • Communication

    You can demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills and understand how to share insights with stakeholders.

  • Data management

    You can understand data sources, data organisation and storage.

  • IT and mathematics

    You can demonstrate IT and mathematical skills through relevant qualifications or work experience.

  • Logical and creative thinking

    You can apply logic and creativity to approach a problem.

  • Project management

    You can work with stakeholders to gather requirements and deliver findings.

What does a typical day look like?

‘As a Data Analyst at DVLA, there isn’t a standard day. We have regular reporting requirements to produce output for the most senior internal and external stakeholders. We also collaborate within a project delivery environment on transformation programmes to deliver business led change. Data Analysts need to be flexible and adaptable, often multi-tasking in an environment where priorities can change at short notice according to stakeholder needs.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required to relate to and communicate with stakeholders in their own language. The role also provides the opportunity to use a range of applications to gather, analyse, share and report key information. We are also encouraged to innovate, research and adopt new ways of doing things to deliver outcomes.

I would highly recommend the Data Analyst role.’


You’ll need to keep up to date with the latest developments in the field as new technologies are constantly being developed. You can boost your knowledge by studying for industry qualifications.

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