Work with programs to process and interpret large amounts of data. Transform raw data into meaningful information using programming and visualization software. Conduct this work in a wide variety of fields and industries, from manufacturing, to tech, to healthcare and more. Note: This is a rapidly growing, relatively new career, so there isn't data readily available for the local area.

A Typical Day

  • Analyze, manipulate, or process large sets of data using statistical software.
  • Apply feature selection algorithms to models predicting outcomes of interest, such as sales and healthcare use.
  • Apply sampling techniques to determine groups to be surveyed or use complete enumeration methods.
  • Compare models using statistical performance metrics, such as loss functions or proportion of explained variance.
  • Write up reports on the results of the data analysis.
  • Communicate with and help interpret the results of your data analysis with people who don't have the same background.

Recommended Credentials

Master's Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Associate's Degree in Computer Information-

Elsewhere in Michigan


Bachelor's Degree in Statistics -

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Take introductory programming or statistics classes. You can get a start on basic programming on many websites, like CodingBat.

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Take the math, programming, and statistics classes that your school offers. Look into AP options as well!

Pathway 2

You can pursue an associate's degree with programs in technology like - 

These will give you a great starting point to continue on in education

Pathway 3

Transfer to and complete a Bachelor's Program followed by a Master's program like at- 


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


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