In this guest post, Meggie Nahatakyan, a marketing manager with Omnicore Agency, discusses five reasons why remote data analytics jobs are a good fit for professionals who want to work from home.
5 Reasons Data Analytics Is a Perfect Field for Remote Workers
The immediate perks (like no more commutes!) of working from home are so appealing that more and more people are looking for ways to do their work remotely. If you have ever considered leaving the 9 to 5 office environment, and are thinking of what field to work in, then perhaps consider data analytics.
Remote data analysts create charts and data presentations using pertinent data gathered from the client and applying various analysis methods to come up with possible outcomes. They also summarize data in simple terms that their clients can easily understand and present the results for use in critical decision-making. Accuracy, critical thinking, and timeliness are only some of the essential skills any data analyst needs; so if these skills are right up your alley, you might want to start applying for these positions!
Working remotely in data analytics offers the following perks:
In a career that can strain the eyes and drain the brain, a flexible schedule can mean taking breaks when your body demands it. A flexible schedule also leaves more time for non-work related activities, ensuring that you don’t forget to feed your cats or clean your home regularly. In addition, working at your own pace can lead to a better appreciation of the work that you do and a lower chance of professional burnout.
Along with a flexible schedule, remote work also allows for flexibility in where you work. If you are most comfortable working from your recliner, have at it! You can also choose coworking spaces, coffee shops, the local park, or your home office. Wherever you decide you are most productive is where can get your work done.
2. The Best of Both Worlds
Ambiversion is a concept not as widely known as extroversion or introversion. For ambiverts, who can deal with shifting from introverted to extroverted personalities, remote data analysis could be a perfect career.
The introvert side will appreciate that working remotely limits interactions with colleagues and allows you to work at your own pace without waiting on anyone. It also allows for a more relaxed work environment without noise and distractions, and without anxiety borne of unwanted interactions. Although this might limit the practice of some social skills and could slow down collaborative project updates from time to time, there’s always the option of video calling or meeting up occasionally to touch base.
In remote work, you can still be called upon to actually present the analyzed data, which is where the extroverted part of you comes into play. This healthy dose of periodic interaction is a great refresher for social skills. The best part is that in isolation, you can master your data and hone your presentation skills so that come the day of data analysis submission you can present your findings without a hitch.
3. Increased Productivity
Considering you are a self-motivated person who needs little to no supervision, you may find that the quality and quantity of your work improves when working remotely. With fewer distractions and the luxury of working in your own space, you may find you are more productive with extra motivation to get things done. Often, your breaks become your driving force, pushing you to churn out quality work at a fraction of the time. There are fewer meetings too, so your laser-sharp focus is exactly where it’s supposed to be. In a field like data analytics, which requires utmost focus and concentration, this can be a huge factor in improving the quality of your work.
When you work remotely in data analytics, you are predominantly your own boss when it comes to the methodology of producing the outputs. There is no need to wait on data from anyone else or needlessly collaborate on processes that just slow you down. You are able to sharpen your decision-making skills when working on data, choosing the most appropriate analysis tools and presentation methods to communicate your results. Plus, you’re able to practice and improve your self-discipline skills, developing work habits that suit you, without someone looking over your shoulder!
5. You Can Apply Data Analytics to EVERYTHING
When working remotely, people tend to point out the difficulty in blurring the line between the home and the office. But looking at it from a different perspective, it is possible that the skills that you learn at work can be the same skills that can help you in life.
Working in data analytics will sharpen your eye to become more detail-oriented and hone your concentration skills. Using your data analysis skills will also help you make better decisions, almost knowing the exact outcome(s) you can expect and for which you can prepare. Working remotely means you also have the luxury of acting on that knowledge right away! Experience is, after all, the best teacher.
With these five reasons in mind, it is clear that remote data analysis work could improve the work-life balance that everyone yearns for by offering flexibility and independence. It also helps that working remotely allows you to forego long and tiring commutes, droning meetings, tedious grooming to get prepped for the day, and much more.
These five points could neither encompass all the perks of working remotely nor adequately describe the joys of working in data analytics. Experiencing it for yourself, however, could prove to be beneficial not only for your professional life but also for every other aspect of your life.
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About the Author
Meggie is a marketing expert and a data junkie with more than six years of experience in the field. Aside from being a marketing nerd, she loves taking her life to the extreme with bungee jumping and skydiving when she needs a break.