Data & analytics

Summary

The success and failure of businesses depends increasingly on the ability to capture the right data, draw insight from it, and make decisions based on it. These activities have grown more interesting and challenging as the amount of data generated by the world has exploded, and technologists have created new ways to combine it and visualize it. Companies are hungry for data talent at all levels and across the enterprise—from Data Scientists with PhDs to marketing professionals who can apply analytics to business decisions. These jobs pay very well and are likely to continue growing in demand across the country. Moreover, we believe Chicago is emerging as a national leader in data and analytics. This is a great path to pursue whether you’re more interested in the science of data or the business application of it.

Career examples

Below are a few examples of occupations within this career path that are expected to grow over the next 10 years in the U.S., including in Chicago. Jobs in this career path require expertise in programs that our renowned academic partners are offering.

Job title
Data architect
Level
Senior

Develops computer databases for a company or organization. Designs, builds and implements databases and database systems that meet business requirements. Supports database administration, develops database security policies and works to prevent cyber-attacks.

Average salary
$107k
Chicago Jobs
698 jobs posted in the past 12 months
Expected U.S. growth
9% in the next 10 years
Desired skills
  • SQL, data architecture, data warehousing, ETL.
  • This job usually requires a bachelor’s degree.
  • About 50% of job postings require 6+ years of experience.
Job title
Data engineer
Level
Mid-level

Designs, builds and manages information infrastructures and solutions to enable data scientists and data analysts to draw business insight from the data. Data engineers also make sure those systems are operating smoothly and effectively to serve the organization’s needs.

Average salary

$113k

Chicago Jobs
1,500 jobs posted in the past 12 months
Expected U.S. growth
9% in the next 10 years
Desired skills
  • Python, SQL, Big Data, ETL.
  • This job usually requires a bachelor’s degree.
  • About 60% of job postings require 3-5 years of experience.
Job title
Marketing data analyst
Level
Junior to mid-level

Responsible for quantitative and qualitative market analysis, marketing data analysts identify key market statistics, interpret findings and enable marketing managers to understand the numbers behind marketing strategies.

Average salary
$77k
Chicago Jobs
384 jobs posted in the past 12 months
Expected U.S. growth
9% in the next 10 years
Desired skills
  • Data analysis, SQL, Salesforce, Tableau, Python, Economics, SAS, Excel.
  • 30% of job postings require under 2 years of previous experience, while ~60% require 3-5 years of experience
Job title
Data analyst
Level
Junior to mid-level

Responsible for quantitative and qualitative market analysis, data analysts identify key market statistics, interpret findings and enable marketing managers to understand the numbers behind marketing strategies.

Average salary
$77k
Chicago Jobs
384 jobs posted in the past 12 months
Expected U.S. growth
9% in the next 10 years
Desired skills
  • Data analysis, SQL, Salesforce, Tableau, Python, Economics, SAS, Excel.
  • 30% of job postings require under 2 years of previous experience, while ~60% require 3-5 years of experience.
Footnotes
  • Note on Credentials: Greater than 70% of all job postings in each pathway required a bachelor’s degree; certifications were only required occasionally.
  • Note on Occupations: This sample list of occupations within the career paths is not exhaustive.
  • Note on Data: Number of job postings in Chicago and expected job growth in Chicago includes data for the Chicago–Naperville-Elgin IL–IN–WI Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes the metropolitan area of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.
  • Sources: Burning Glass Technologies. (2020) “Labor Insight Real-Time Labor Market Information Tool.” [Data File]. https://laborinsight.burning-glass.com/us#dashboards/occupation-profile . Retrieved May 5, 2020; US Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2020) “Employment Projections.” Retrieved May 6, 2020.
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