What does a Director of Data do?

A Data Manager analyzes the data needs of the company or research organization and uses skills in coding to maintain secure databases. They then collect and organize the data obtained. A Data Manager uses their training in analytics and various coding programs to analyze information and draw conclusions based on their findings. Additionally, using mathematical and statistical theory methods they present findings to management which are then used to improve various initiatives within the company. A Data Manager can look at a set of data and seek out patterns and utilize the information to remain competitive in the business of their employer.

A Data Manager meets with management and determines the best methods to gather the information needed. Advanced education in statistics, mathematics, computer science or related field is required, with many in the position holding a Master's degree in these fields. Focused attention to detail, as well as the ability to understand abstract concepts, is essential to perform well in this role.

  • Research and properly evaluate sources of information to determine possible limitations in reliability or usability
  • Apply sampling techniques to effectively determine and define ideal categories to be questioned
  • Compare and analyze provided statistical information to identify patterns, relationships and problems
  • Define and utilize statistical methods to solve industry-specific problems in varying fields, such as economics and engineering
  • Prepare detailed reports for management and other departments by analyzing and interpreting data
  • Train assistants and other members of the team how to properly organize findings and read data collected
  • Design computer code using various languages to improve and update software and applications
  • Refer to previous instances and findings to determine the ideal method for gathering data
  • Bachelor's degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science or related field
  • Strong math and analytical skills are essential to complete job requirements successfully
  • Ability to complete milestones and work toward multiple deadlines simultaneously
  • Excellent multitasking skills and task management strategies
  • Interpersonal and customer service skills are required when meeting with and interviewing potential clients
  • Strong computer skills and ability to use necessary databases and software
  • Confident in decision making and the ability to explain processes or choices as needed
  • Experience working with private and sensitive personal information
  • Able to compile and organize statistical information retrieved and present findings to management
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

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“Keck Medicine of USC was recently recognized as one of the best hospital systems in the nation.”

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12 Mar 2021

“It is a dead end opportunity with no clear forward vision and I would advise anyone who values career growth to avoid.”

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10 Aug 2020

“pay is not that great but not that horrible”

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“Entry level pay was good for starting”

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“Good worklife balance is nice”

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24 Sep 2021

“management is great and you get to work with them closely”

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“Varied work and many areas to grow skills and competencies”

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