Career Path: Analytics

“What attracted me to data science was the possibility of predicting the future.” – Elom Goka ’14


An increasing number of our graduates enter the analytics field (aka business intelligence in the corporate world) in recent years, because our curriculum is highly quantitative and analytical, and the demand for people with such skills has increased rapidly as the world becomes more digitized.  

The field of analytics encompasses a wide variety of data-related careers. Typically, a data analyst or scientist works to capture, maintain, process, and analyze data and then communicate the results. Data scientists are able to translate enormous amounts of data into answers that stakeholders in varying industries can utilize. 

Facts & Figures

Figures taken from Forbes, GlassDoor, PayScale, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Number of Jobs in 2020: 700,000
  • Job outlook: 28% (2020-2030)
  • Starting salary: $88,650/yr
  • Mid-career salary: $103,132/yr
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Soft Skills

  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Productive Collaboration & Flexibility
  • Organizational Skills
  • Focus & Attention to Detail

Technical Skills & Credentials

  • Programming Languages: Python, R, SAS, SQL, Tableau
  • Data Management
  • Model-Building

How to Get Started

  1. Talk with your advisor and/or one of the faculty below:
  2. Consider a major in Data Science or Data Analytics offered by the DSDA program, or combine a quant-oriented major such as economics with courses in programming/coding and databases offered by the computer science department; supplement such training with a few business courses to go into business analytics or business intelligence. 
  3. Pursue data internships or projects, and participate in the Data Clinic (offered by the DSDA program) to gain experiences working with real data in real projects
  4. Connect with Beloit Alumni in data careers (faculty listed above can help)
  5. Visit Career Works.

Alumni Stories

Kelly McLean ’20

From a Basketball Captain to a Data Analyst

A former basketball captain to now a young talented Data Analyst, and then an Underwriter at MetLife, Kelly McLean ’20 describes how her Beloit journey helped guide her to the perfect career pathway!


The delights of passion

As Tom channels his affinity for music and sports in Beloit, he walks us through his journey from class to landing his first job at the consulting firm to flourishing in the Data Analytics field. 


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