Career Path: Data Analytics

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


The field of data analytics encompasses a wide variety of data-related careers. Typically, a data science firm 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
  • Data Management
  • Model-Building

How to Get Started

  1. Take Beloit College courses in:
    • Programming/Coding
    • Databases
    • Statistics & Quantitative Methods
    • Storytelling Using Data
    • Online Coding and Analytics Courses
    • Data Analytics Internships
  2. Talk with your advisor and Economics & Business faculty:
  3. Connect with Beloit Alumni in accounting careers.
  4. Visit Career Works.

Alumni Stories

Proud of you, Le!

Combining passion for education with data and economics

From a passion for education and economics to landing her first internship as Data Analyst at Chicago Public Schools, Le took the path less traveled, and is making a difference!

You’re awesome, Ruby!

Enthusiastic about diversity and inclusion in HR recruitment

Ruby Green’20 started her adventure as an aspiring musical theatre talent in Beloit. After digging into market research and completing an I-com internship in Brussels, she walks us through her journey to discovering the passion for creating diversity and inclusion in HR and recruiting.


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