Career Path: Data Analytics

“What attracted me to data science was the possibility of predicting the future.” – Elom Goka ’14
  • Student taking notes in a data analysis class.
    Howard Korn’87


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

Data Scientist: More Than Just Working with Data

Anthony Racine ’13 knows how to “sell” his creativity and problem-solving skills as an Analytics Manager.


Data Scientist: Turning an Interest into a Successful Career

Elom Goka ’14 made the most out of his interest and became a Data Scientist.


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