There are some fundamental skills you need to acquire to be successful in analytics:
Getting 1 to 2 years experience in this line is BIG BOOST to your career.
-SQL: understand relational tables, aggregations, joins (iiner, outer), correlated queries and self joins.
– Excel: always a powerful tool for prototyping, validation and ad hoc: pivot tables, vlookup and VBA helps
– Scripting languages: Ruby is an easy one to pick; you will need it for big data and large file manipulations, string parsing. Very common activities.
– Web tools: need to understand difference between unique visitors and is non-additive nature, visits, close rates etc. Tools suchs as Google Analytics or Omniture site catalyst.
– Visualization tools: data is no good until you can get insights and recommendations, and you need to be able to sell them by presenting well. I recommend Tableau and QlikView.
The above list should give you a good start .
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