Career path to becoming a big data analyst

Big Data
IT career
Hello everyone,
By way of introduction, I am Sean and I am looking for a way out of my confusion as to which path to apply to become an analytics professional in the Big data field.
I don't belong to the IT background but have a very deep interest in technical knowhow. I have done Business Administration in my graduation and have been working in a financial service company for the past 2 years. I have lost my interest in the work and therefore want to shift into the analytics field which i researched is of much interest to me.
Please suggest me the technologies and certifications that I need to acquire to get into this field and ultimately become a Big Data Analyst. I am ready to begin from the scratch and work my way up into this field and hence would want to know a complete career path for this.

Software/Hardware used:
SAS, R, BI, Database, Oracle 11g, Hadoop, Apache, Pig, Hive, Impala, Cassandra

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Welcome to the wonderful world of IT! The best way to learn and grow in this area is to find and follow the big players in this field such as IBM (there are tons of others). TechTarget has a website dedicated to this:
…and here’s a good article talking about what’s coming in this space next year:
I would recommend combining big data with something cool like security or IoT. There is a lot of growth in these areas and it’s actually interesting unlike other areas of this field. Best of luck!

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  • Subhendu Sen

    Basically your background is commerce related. You did not mention your age or academic qualifications. How much your knowledge in IT that is also nor revealed, but you have a very deep interest in technical knowhow. Assuming you have a fair knowledge in computer basics and have a little bit of knowledge in systems also. For Big Data Analyst, some knowledge of programming may be required. Knowledge of Data Warehousing is also a plus. During work, Data Mining/ Data Designing also be required. In this case, knowledge of RDBMS can be helpful.

    Now for course etc. you can go for basic course of Big Data, which is a part of Big Data Micro Masters program, where you will develop your knowledge of big data analytics/ enhance your programming & mathematical skills. Also it helps ton learn to use essential analytic tools such as Apache Spark and R.

    But as your background is commerce based, (if understood correctly) you can contact a good educational institution for more help and guidance.

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  • ToddN2000
    Here is another site that list 5 of the skills needed in detail.
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