IT occupation

Data Analyst


Data analysts are responsible for analyzing data using statistical techniques, implementing and maintaining databases, gathering data from primary and secondary sources, and identifying, analyzing, and interpreting trends. Data analysts communicate this information to management and other stakeholders, providing insight which can be used to make business decisions.


A bachelor's degree, usually in computer science, computer programming, web development, or software engineering, or completion of a college program in computer science or a related field is usually required.


1-2 years


The career path of a Data Analyst typically starts with an Analyst I position (Junior Analyst) and then progresses to Analyst II (Analyst), Senior Analyst, and then Data Scientist or Chief Technology Officer. Data Analysts may also specialize in a particular industry.


This occupation is not regulated in Canada. The following are some of the certifications/certificate programs that may be useful for this occupation:

  • Google Data Analytics Professional Certificate
  • IBM Data Analyst Professional Certificate OR IBM Data Science Professional Certificate
  • Microsoft Certified: Power BI Data Analyst Associate
  • Amazon Web Services Data Analytics Certification
  • SAS Statistical Business Analyst Professional Certificate
  • CompTIA Data Analytics Plus Certification
  • Certified Data Professional (CDP) Certification

Competency Areas

Area 1: Business Analysis and Management

Area 2: Design and Architecture

Area 3: Development and Implementation

Area 4: Testing and Quality Assurance

Area 5: Security and Standards

Area 6: Administration and Support

Level 1 Basic Level

The individual has some knowledge and experience to carry out standard, routine tasks under supervision. They can follow instructions, complete assigned tasks, manage their work, and assist other colleagues.

Level 2 Intermediate Level

The individual has the knowledge and experience to carry out both standard and non-standard tasks with minimal supervision. They can plan activities, make key decisions, and work independently.

Level 3 Advanced Level

The individual has the knowledge and experience to carry out complex tasks confidently and consistently, without any supervision. They apply specialized knowledge to design and implement strategies, while also providing guidance and supervision to others.

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