Host said: How did you get your start doing reporting analyst work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?
Do you need a particular educational background?
No formal education needed. Experience: Excel power-user ; VBA ; SQL ; basic web development knowledge, knowledge of data formatting for hand-held devises ; project management (ability to develop and meet a time-line and deliver what you have promised ; good requirements gathering skills (consultative approach / ask the right questions)) ; Customer orientation - need to understand your customers business area, what decisions he/she will be making against the reporting you provide, and how your customer prefers to digest data (some people want colorful charts and graphs - even specific colors ; others only want text data in raw format) ; how often your customer wants to see refreshed data - whether he/she will need an emergency method for forcing the reporting process to run before the scheduled iteration ; testing - you will want to ensure that the customer gets what they really want before they are sitting in an important meeting giving you high marks for something that they will then be embarrassed about because it fails when they try to show it to their colleague. The best