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Deciding which course to take

Tuesday, 9th December 2014

Deciding which course to take can be daunting. The good news is that there are numerous options - you're sure to find something that suits who you are, how you think and what inspires you the most.

Starting out in your career

Getting into analytics is a great career option. It's a field which is growing rapidly and trained analysts are highly sought after. It's also paying well; extremely well. The 2014 IAPA Skills & Salary Report found that analysts' average salaries had jumped 14% to $125K per annum.

The analytics field is dominated by highly educated professionals with joint and higher degrees. The types of degrees that most analysts hold are mathematics, statistics, finance or commerce, information systems, computer science, science and management. Having a combination of technical, strategic and interpersonal skills will open up more options in your career.

If you're looking to get into a career in analytics you'll need to be curious, great with numbers and a good communicator. Take a look at the Tertiary Education course section to see which Under Graduate Courses best suit you.

Another great resource is this article titled 'So you wanna be a data scientist? A guide to 2015's hottest profession'.

Moving into analytics from another career

The 2014 IAPA Skills & Salary Report also found that many people were migrating into analytics roles. If you're working in an analytics capacity but perhaps don't have the formal qualifications behind you there are now new options to upskill.

If you already hold a degree you could consider starting your Masters. Universities such as Deakin offer a Master in Business Analytics, and this can also be studied online. IAPA is also developing a series of practical courses to help bring those conducting analytics tasks up to speed quickly in new techniques.

Upskilling into new areas

Analytics over the last 10 years has evolved considerably. Technology has created new opportunities and new ways of working. We are now in the modern era of analytics.

To help you keep your skills up to date IAPA is extending our education program. We're developing a series of practical short courses, covering the areas of analytics most in demand. Courses will be released during 2015. If you're not already an IAPA member (which is free!), sign up and we'll let you know as soon as the courses are available for study.

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