• Program: Information Technology/Computer Careers
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
  • Academic Planning Guide:


Data Analyst compile and analyze data contained in a computer database or elsewhere to identify problems and possible solutions. They might also design and build databases to house the information they need, ensure data accuracy and make recommendations to business managers about how to improve efficiency or quality based on their findings. Students considering this award should have analytical and statistical skills, knowledge of database types and use, plus familiarity with data warehousing and data manipulation. A Data Analyst must be proficient in data manipulation with excellent attention to detail and the ability to identify inconsistencies in data, an aptitude for learning technology quickly, the ability to take initiative and manage multiple priorities simultaneously. Job Functions could include: data entry and importing, data collection, data validation and scrubbing, data mining, reporting and documentation. To be a Data Analyst, a person must have other qualities. Some of these qualities include the ability to work close and build relationships with diverse groups of people, the desire to be part of a team, and the ability to work with the unknown. Others include critical thinking, decision-making, problem-solving, questioning, diplomacy, and negotiation, along with excellent oral and written communication skills.

Career Opportunities

This occupational area includes the following career titles: Data Analyst and Technical Process Analyst, to name a few. Data Analysts work within banks, insurance companies, healthcare facilities, government agencies, educational institutions, retail industries, and various service and manufacturing businesses.

Award Outcomes:

  • Utilize software applications to manage data.
  • Practice essential data analysis techniques.
  • Apply a variety of statistical models.
  • Transform data inside of an organization into information critical to business decisions Utilize financial concepts in analysis of business problems.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communications skills in business ommunications.
  • Demonstrate project management skills using a group-oriented problem-solving approach.
  • Create relational databases with an efficient design.
  • Understand how information technology supports operational and business requirements Review the IS principles and the changing role of the IS professional.
  • Understand the role, the processes and the structure of an enterprise data warehouse.
  • Practice professional and ethical behavior.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 45 Credits
General Education Requirements 15 Credits
  • ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
  • ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
  • MATH2150 Introduction to Statistics 3
  • Choose one of the following:
  • COMM2050 Interpersonal Communication 3
  • COMM2060 Small Group Communication 3
  • COMM2130 Public Speaking 3
  • Choose one of the following: Any course from Goal 2 (Critical Thinking) of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 3
  • Choose one of the following: Any course from Goal 9 (Ethics and Civic Responsibility) of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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