Business Analytics vs Data Science

In the age of big data, parsing unwieldy amounts of information can lead to world-changing innovation.

To understand this data, companies are hiring a variety of specialists, including business analysts and data scientists.

Who Are They?

Business Analysts

Research and extract valuable information from structured and unstructured sources to explain historical, current, and future business performance: to determine the best analytical models and approaches to present and explain solutions to business users.

Data Scientists

Design, develop, and deploy algorithms through statistical programming that support business decision-making tools: manage large amounts of data; create visualizations to aid in understanding.

What Education Do They Have?

The majority of business analysts come from a variety of backgrounds including business and humanities, while data scientists tend to come from computer science, mathematics, and technology backgrounds.

Business Analysts

Sample Undergraduate Majors

Data Scientists

Sample Undergraduate Majors

What Skills Do They Have?

Both business analysts and data scientists are experts in using data to inform decisions, but they apply their skills in different ways, using the same or similar tools. The skills listed below describe someone who has earned a master’s degree in the field.

Business Analysts

Data Scientists

Where Do They Work?

Business Analysts

Data Scientists

Current job Outlook and Demand

Business Analysts

Data Scientists

To learn more about how you can earn your Master of Science in Analytics online from American University’s Kogod School of Business, visit onlinebusiness.american.edu/analytics.

Sources:

  1. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-2031.00
    http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-2041.00

  2. http://www.forbes.com/sites/piyankajain/2012/09/05/3-steps-to-id-analytics-training-need/

  3. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/operations-research-analysts.htm
    http://bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-tchnology/computer-and-information-research-scientists.htm

  4. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/operations-research-analysts.htm
    http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-and-information-research-scientists.htm

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