Data analysts in demand
Demand for data analysts is strong because:
- organisations collect large amounts of digital data
- they need to make sense of this data to gain insights and make sound decisions.
Shortage of experienced data analysts
There are not enough experienced data analysts to meet demand. Nearly two thirds of IT employers report skills shortages, and there aren't enough information technology (IT) trainees.
Developer programmer, database administrator, ICT business analyst and systems analyst appear on Immigration New Zealand's long-term skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled data analysts from overseas to work in New Zealand.
According to the Census, 29,202 developer programmers, database administrators, ICT business analysts and systems analysts worked in New Zealand in 2018.
How to get your first IT job
You can improve your chances of getting an IT job through:
- internships like Summer of Tech
- graduate programmes offered by IT companies
- events such as hackathons
- mentoring programmes.
Types of employers varied
Employers of data analysts include:
- tertiary institutions
- retail, marketing and finance companies
- pharmaceutical and telecommunications companies
- government and public sector organisations.