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Recruiters are scrambling to find talent to fill data analysis roles. Demand for data analysis skills will likely continue to grow, and as the field of data analysis advances and needs for higher-level skills increase, recruiting could become even more challenging. For insight into the burgeoning occupational areas that rely on data analysis skills, the Society for Human Resource Management surveyed its members in 2016. getAbstract recommends this concise report to hiring authorities in the 80% of organizations that employ data analysis talent.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What roles and functions require skills in data analysis,
  • Which qualifications employers seek when they recruit data analysis talent, and
  • How organizations can plan to meet their future data analysis needs.

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The Society for Human Resource Management is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management.



Demand is growing for data analysis skills – “the ability to gather, analyze and draw practical conclusions from data.” The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts demand for these jobs will mushroom between 2016 and 2026. Roles that require data analysis skills already exist at most employers, whether the title reads “data analyst, statistician, scientist” or something less descriptive. These positions abound in finance and accounting departments, and they also turn up commonly in HR and business administration. But businesses also depend on these skills at the ...

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    Jennifer Frueh 1 year ago
    I'm curious about what are the skills required for data analysis: statistics, model-building, coding, etc.