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Zero to Hero: How to Become a Data Analyst with No Background

by | Oct 10, 2023


In recent years, the role of a data analyst has emerged as one of the most dynamic and sought-after professions. In our previous article, we discussed the ins and outs of pursuing a successful career in data analytics. But what if you find yourself on the other side of the spectrum, with no prior background in this field, but wanting to transition to this industry?

Fret not! In this article, we will be exploring how to go from zero to hero in data analytics. If you’ve been considering, but are not completely convinced to choose this path, below are five reasons to give you the push you need. 

Why Choose Data Analytics? 

  1. Data-Driven Decision-Making: In today’s fast-paced business world, data drives decisions. As a data-analyst, you’ll play a crucial role in guiding companies to make well-informed decisions based on data-driven insights. The ability to transform raw numbers to actionable propositions will be greatly valued.
  2. High Demand and Competitive Salaries: The demand for data analysts has also been on the rise across industries. This has led to competitive compensation packages and an increase in job opportunities for skilled professionals. Regardless of the industry you want to join (e.g., healthcare, finance, etc.), data analysts are needed everywhere!Refer below to see how much you could be earning as a data analyst at different seniority levels:

  3. Intellectual Stimulation: On the lookout for your next challenge? Look no further – data analytics is the perfect fit for those with a curious spirit. From analysing data sets, to unraveling hidden trends, and lastly to solve complex problems, you will never catch yourself feeling bored as an analyst.
  4. Versatility: Data analytics is a highly versatile industry that allows you to adapt your skills to different industries. Your expertise will not be restricted to one domain. This grants you the freedom and option to explore various fields and career paths. There will be no would’ve, could’ve, should’ves (cue Taylor Swift) in this industry!
  5. Meaningful Insights: As a data analyst, you have the potential to directly influence the success of an organisation. By uncovering patterns and providing meaningful insights, your work will help to enhance efficiency, products, and services, which ultimately contributes to business growth. 

Transitioning Into A Data Analyst Role With No Background 

At this point, you may be thinking how to make this transition with no prior background in data analytics – sounds like an impossible mountain to scale. The good news is that, while tough, it’s entirely possible.


  1. Building a Strong Foundation: To start, build your foundation by familiarising yourself with the basics of data analytics, including key concepts, terminology, and tools you need to know.Consider taking online courses like Cousera’s “Introduction to Data Science” by the University of Washington, Udemy’s “Data Science: A-Z: Real-Life Data Science Exercises Included”, or Heicoders Academy’s DA100: Data Analytics with SQL and Tableau. 
  2. Acquire Additional Complimentary Technical Skills: Next, learn programming languages like Python and R, which are commonly required for data analysis. Check out our AI100: Python Programming and Data Visualisation course, which equips learners with a strong foundation in Python programming. You can also find R tutorials on websites like DataCamp.Competency in data manipulation and visualisation tools like Excel, SQL (which is also covered in DA100) and Pandas, etc., will also be extremely helpful in your transition to a data analyst. 
  3. Gain Practical Experience: Of course, having hands-on experience will always be valuable. Explore real-world projects, internships or freelance opportunities to apply what you’ve learnt. This will also help to boost your portfolio and impress potential employers.
  4. Networking and Learning: Connect with professionals in the industry by joining online communities and groups to ask questions and gain insight from their experience. Keep in contact with like-minded peers from the workshops and courses you’ve attended.Also, follow data science blogs like Towards Data Science and Youtube channels like Data School for tutorials and tips.

  5. Crafting Your Story: Though this may sound showy, it is crucial to create a compelling narrative that emphasises your unique journey and skills – something that screams “hire me!” to potential employers. Start by updating your resume and LinkedIn profile to showcase your skills and achievements. For more tips on how to boost your resume, check out our three part series, “How to Land Your Dream Tech Job”.
    Lastly, at Heicoders Academy, our experienced team provides free resume consultation for all students (past and present). Students will also receive a free resume template that’ll help enhance their resumes.


    As data analytics is an ever-changing field, you’ll continue to refine your skills as you gain experience. This transition journey is one that is bound to be challenging, but also, definitely worth it. Wishing you all the best as you embark on this exhilarating journey ahead! 

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