Data analyst is an excellent choice! Do not be discouraged however if you cannot immediately get a permanent full time position. My company and many others hire entry level data analysts through contract work from a separate firm so take a look at what temporary contract agencies there are in the area where you want to work. The agencies should be able to tell you which applications and tools are used by their employing companies. Learn about these applications and become proficient in their use. Your skill in them and understanding of charts, graphs, and other visual aspects of data will help you stand out during your job search. I have hired many data analysts specifically because of this stand out. Once you have worked for a year as a contract employee, you will likely have good opportunities to move into a permanent role at the company. Data analysis is a crucial core element of business and I applaud you in your career choice !
Andrew recommends the following next steps:
- Contact contract agencies in your area and determine what applications their employing companies use.
- Gain proficiency in those tools and applications. Be sure to fully understand how those tools translate data into visual charts and graphs and how those are used to convey data trends.
- Make yourself available for entry level work in data analytics. Don't be afraid to take a position which is mostly data scrubbing or data entry. This will lead to more challenging work in time.