Data Analyst

Companies use data to inform their business practices, and they rely on skilled professionals to collect and interpret that data. With the rise of big data, data analytics is projected to be one of the fastest-growing job sectors over the next few years. Data analysts interpret data sets into informative

charts and reports to help companies expand their business. If you're a pro at math and computers, you could have a bright future as a Data Analyst VBO.


Data Analyst VBOs gather statistical information from various sources and interpret patterns and trends in the data. Data analysts detail their analyses in comprehensive reports and submit findings to their clients. Clients use these findings to inform marketing campaigns and other important business decisions. Data analysts also use data to calculate risk and identify harmful business practices. Data Analysts typically find and survey participants to gather the information for their analyses.

As a successful Data Analyst, you should be competent in programs such as Microsoft Access and Excel, SQL Databases, C++ programs, and SharePoint. It should be obvious that an analytical mind is incredibly important in this role.

Here are just a few reasons you should consider becoming a Data Analyst VBO:

  • It is a relatively new, but fast-growing industry.
  • You are able to help business owners make sense of their data collections.
  • There are plenty of training opportunities online to help you build your expertise.

Here is an example of a VBO Niche for a Data Analyst
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Primary Niche

Data Analyst

SUB Niche

Data Analyst For Politicians

VBO Niche

Data Analyst for Mayors in Metropolitan Communities

We provide some great resources to help you get up and running as a Data Analyst. If you have questions about becoming a Data Analyst, feel free to head over to our Groups and ask there!


  • Collect and interpret data.
  • Analyze results and report back to the client.
  • Identify patterns and trends in data sets.
  • Use patterns and trends to help determine course of action for the client.
  • Be able to effectively communicate results to clients.
  • Possess an analytical mind and problem-solving skills.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of data collection and analysis tools and methods.


Our research shows the hourly rate charged by VBOs ranges from $40.00 to $140.00. However, the majority seemed to land in the $70.00 to $100.00 per hour range. Factors affecting this variance include geographic location, experience, and level of expertise.


O’Reilly Data Radar

O’Reilly Data Radar's blog covers everything from software engineering to data analysis. They offer tons of information, including data-centered events, opinions, updates, and more.

Analytics Vidhya

Analytics Vidhya's blog provides information on the development of analytical skills plus industry best practices, insights, and updates. This is a great resource for beginners because the content is easy to understand.


StatsBlog is an aggregator of blogs that focus on statistics and data analysis.



Udemy is a great site for VBOs to sharpen their skills. Their classes typically range from $10.00 - $200.00. However, they are known to have frequent sales where with virtually all lessons as low as $10.00.


Skillshare is an online learning community with classes in that are often helpful for VBOs focused design, business, tech, and more.


Lynda has been around a long time and might just be one of the granddaddy's of online training. Pretty much all courses are well vetted and professionally done. While there courses may be a little more expensive, they are top quality. Since they were recently acquired by LinkedIn, some premium accounts get access to Lynda at no additional charge which is a great deal.


Coursera offers courses from many of the top universities including Stanford, Duke, and Penn. As a result, their courses are similar to the instruction you’d receive in higher education.







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