Well, well, well…

I received a scholarship for a course at Duke on Data Mining and what it’s all about. I’m 1/4 of the way through the course, and I already have a new direction in my career. Better late than never, right?dont underestimate

I sure hope so.

So, what is this new direction you ask?

Data Scientist.

Yup! All the programming languages I’ve learned over the years combined with my attention to communication and my skill in analytics puts me all the way into Data Scientist! Sure, I could use more practice with SQL, but who couldn’t?

All the efforts I’ve been putting out to find work that pays what I want to be paid, uses my skillset, and allows me to work remotely, come together in this job title. There are other job titles as well, such as Business Data Analyst, but those folks tend to work onsite instead of remotely.

So, another resume update is underway.

The average salary for “business data analyst” ranges from approximately $57,476 per year for Intelligence Analyst to $90,891 per year for Senior Business Analyst.

You know, I’ve been doing this work for so many years that I don’t know what “label” or “title” to use for what I do. That’s been an issue. If I call it the wrong thing, I’m leaving a lot of money on the table.

What do you call it?

What I’ve called it is Analytics. But there’s so much more!

Using my skillset to the maximum benefit has always been difficult. As soon as I have a label for my skillset, the bar moves again and the label is obsolete. Hopefully, it will stay where it is long enough this time that I can get moving in the right direction.

 

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