The Education of a Data or Business Intelligence Analyst, Part I – Introduction to Recommended University Classes

More and more employers are looking for Data Analysts or Business Intelligence Analysts in order to get meaningful information out of the data they collect from their operations. According to, the average salary for a Data Analyst in Dallas, TX is $63,000, while the average salary for a Business Intelligence Analyst in Dallas, TX is $86,000 .

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However, it is often not clear what one needs to study to work in either field. Below is a quick list of all of the university classes that you should take to become a Data Analyst or Business Intelligence Analyst. Keep in mind, you do not need to take all of the classes below, but the more you take the easier your career will be.

In future posts, I will go into more detail about each of the general subjects shown below as well as discuss the type of certifications one should pursue.

Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III – Multivariable Calculus
Differential Equations
Partial Differential Equations
Other Mathematics
Linear Algebra
Discrete Mathematics
Formal Logic
Probability Theory and Statistics
Introduction to Probability Theory using Multivariable Calculus
Introduction to Statistics
Computers and Programming
Introduction to Programming
Data Structures
Object Oriented Programming
Relational Databases
Introduction to Operating Systems
Introduction to Networking
Micro Economics
Corporate Finance
Introduction to Accounting