What does a Data Manager do?

A Data Manager analyzes the data needs of the company or research organization and uses skills in coding to maintain secure databases. They then collect and organize the data obtained. A Data Manager uses their training in analytics and various coding programs to analyze information and draw conclusions based on their findings. Additionally, using mathematical and statistical theory methods they present findings to management which are then used to improve various initiatives within the company. A Data Manager can look at a set of data and seek out patterns and utilize the information to remain competitive in the business of their employer.

A Data Manager meets with management and determines the best methods to gather the information needed. Advanced education in statistics, mathematics, computer science or related field is required, with many in the position holding a Master's degree in these fields. Focused attention to detail, as well as the ability to understand abstract concepts, is essential to perform well in this role.

What responsibilities are common for Data Manager jobs?
  • Research and properly evaluate sources of information to determine possible limitations in reliability or usability
  • Apply sampling techniques to effectively determine and define ideal categories to be questioned
  • Compare and analyze provided statistical information to identify patterns, relationships and problems
  • Define and utilize statistical methods to solve industry-specific problems in varying fields, such as economics and engineering
  • Prepare detailed reports for management and other departments by analyzing and interpreting data
  • Train assistants and other members of the team how to properly organize findings and read data collected
  • Design computer code using various languages to improve and update software and applications
  • Refer to previous instances and findings to determine the ideal method for gathering data
What are the typical qualifications for Data Manager jobs?
  • Bachelor's degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science or related field
  • Strong math and analytical skills are essential to complete job requirements successfully
  • Ability to complete milestones and work toward multiple deadlines simultaneously
  • Excellent multitasking skills and task management strategies
  • Interpersonal and customer service skills are required when meeting with and interviewing potential clients
  • Strong computer skills and ability to use necessary databases and software
  • Confident in decision making and the ability to explain processes or choices as needed
  • Experience working with private and sensitive personal information
  • Able to compile and organize statistical information retrieved and present findings to management
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Data Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$79,140 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$55K
Median: $79K
$115K
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Data Manager Career Path

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Data Manager

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
8%
2 - 4
54%
5 - 7
23%
8+
15%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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SingtelSingtel
Senior Manager Data Governance
Feb 16, 2022

“The culture in the past was not the best but I have already seen signs of improvement in the right direction”

BATBAT
Data Management Analyst
Jul 13, 2022

“Low work life balance sometimes but if you love your job its alright i guess.”

Science 37Science 37
Data Coordinator
Mar 12, 2021

“It is a dead end opportunity with no clear forward vision and I would advise anyone who values career growth to avoid.”

Wells FargoWells Fargo
Data Management Analyst
Mar 7, 2022

“Amazing company to start you career with as it is one of the largest banks in the world with good brand recognition”

MD Anderson Cancer CenterMD Anderson Cancer Center
Research Data Coordinator
Aug 10, 2022

“If you are looking to start your career or acquire experience in the oncology field this is the best place to be.”

IQVIAIQVIA
Data Team Lead
May 22, 2022

“Not many opportunities for raises and bonuses are not great.”

Easy Event PlanningEasy Event Planning
Data Management Analyst
Aug 10, 2020

“pay is not that great but not that horrible”

GT ExpressGT Express
Private Contractor
Aug 24, 2022

“Great pay if market is good”

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