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What is the difference between data and business analyst?


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Alyssa’s Answer

At some companies, these may be the same role! Each company uses these job titles differently so it's really important to read the job description.

Generally though, a Data Analyst will be pulling and cleaning data, potentially presenting it too (this step is interchangeable between the roles). The Business Analyst will take the data and use it to make business decisions - highly communication focused as they need to be able to translate the data into a relevant meaning for the different areas of business.

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Monica’s Answer

Hello!

I'm a current business analyst and I have a bit of both in my work! I pull the data (or am given it), analyze it, and discuss courses of action needed to be taken based on that data. Currently, I help with the financials of a cloud run application and help discuss cost savings opportunities. Along with this, I am a product owner and help my team decide what they will work on next. I find that if the title is business analyst it is a little more encompassing of different skill sets. My main tasks are project & product management, data analysis and people skills.

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Ari’s Answer

A business analysts will look at the success of the company as a whole while a data analysts looks at the numbers of something like a survey and how many people answered a certain way.

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GIRIDHAR RAO’s Answer

Kelly,

Data Analyst role involves more technical responsibilities.

- Understating data and data formats
- Writing SQL queries
- Formatting data and reporting using simple tools like excel

Whereas, a Business Analyst role of a business facing working closely with business operations and end users.

- Should understand business operations and needs
- Should be able to understand how to use the data to fulfill the business needs

In general, there will be some overlap but they are different job responsibilities.

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Michael’s Answer

Hi Kelly,
Well this isn’t my exact field. But I have been a business owner for 38 years. The data analyst is going to obviously be gathering all the information about specific businesses or industries. The business analyst will then intern use that information to make business decisions within the company. I hope this helps.

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Aishwarya’s Answer

While data analysts and business analysts both work with data, the main difference lies in what they do with it. Business analysts use data to help organizations make more effective business decisions. In contrast, data analysts are more interested in gathering and analyzing data for the business to evaluate and use to make decisions on their own.

“In the simplest terms, data is a means to the end for business analysts, while data is the end for data analysts,” says Martin Schedlbauer, associate clinical professor and director of Northeastern University’s information and data sciences programs.

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Gabriela’s Answer

Hi Kelly,

Business and data analysts are both heavily involved in data analysis. Data analysts, however, are more focused with collecting, manipulating and analyzing the data, making sure that it is an accurate and reliable source of data. Business analysts, on the other hand, analyze that data and assess the business requirements from a business perspective as related to their role or project.

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Dr Bimal’s Answer

Data is an information but in analysis of Business or enterprise data has pivotal role.

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Rob’s Answer

As others have suggested, Data Analysts are typically involved in the areas of reporting, data mining, analysis, creating or running reports and overall addressing reporting needs of a given business segment.

Business Analysts on the other hand tend to be involved in the areas of project management and business operations. Individuals in this field become subject matter experts in a business activity and are tasked with translating business needs/requirements into project deliverables for another function (typically IT) to execute. They are also tasked with documenting operational activities and or new business changes.

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