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Participants will:

  • Gain a solid grounding in data analysis concepts
  • Explore data analysis software tools
  • Build data visualization skills 

When learners complete all three courses (approximately nine hours), they can take a final exam to earn a Professional Certificate from Microsoft, proving they’ve developed career-essential data analysis skills.


Data analyst

“A data analyst collects, cleans, and analyzes data sets to solve problems,” says Strachnyi. “Essentially, a data analyst’s goal is to uncover key insights and leverage these insights to help their organizations make decisions and perform more effectively.” 

Where to start: The Become a Data Analyst learning path consists of 13 courses taught by data analyst professionals and experts, each with the purpose of equipping learners with the hard and soft skills required to begin their journeys as data analysts.

 Participants who take these courses will:

  • Learn the technical skills for data analyst career paths
  • Develop their competencies in high-demand analysis tools
  • Build communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills


Data scientist

“Data scientists work closely with business stakeholders to understand their goals and determine how data can be used to achieve them,” says Strachnyi. “They design data-modeling processes, create algorithms and predictive models to extract the data and business needs, help analyze the data, and share insights with peers.” 

Where to start: The Become a Data Scientist learning path consists of 12 courses designed to support participants in building the skills they’ll need to pursue a career in data science. This learning path will help your learners:

  • Build a solid foundational understanding of statistics, which is necessary for any data science–related field
  • Discover the many categories of job specialization within data science
  • Learn how to source, explore, and communicate with data through graphs and statistics


Data engineer

“Data engineers are data professionals tasked with creating and maintaining complex systems that are capable of collecting, storing, and analyzing data for companies,” says Strachnyi. “They build and manage systems that can arrange raw data into readable and viable versions, then send that data forward for further analysis by data scientists and data analysts.”

Where to start: The Advance Your Data Engineering Skills learning path includes 15 expert-led courses, each of which helps participants develop and strengthen the most in-demand skills for data engineers today according to LinkedIn data.

While taking the courses on this learning path, participants will:

  • Expand knowledge of data structures and algorithms
  • Expand coding proficiency using multiple tools
  • Prep for the Microsoft Azure Data Engineering (DP-203) exam



Data consultant

“A data consultant develops strategies for identifying and utilizing data for a company's needs,” says Strachnyi. “They are primarily responsible for collecting data, maintaining and designing databases, coordinating with multiple data specialists, inspecting data for inconsistencies, and implementing corrective measures.“

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Data steward

“Data stewards are responsible for keeping data safe and usable by being responsible for data maintenance, quality, communication, metadata management, and security,” says Strachnyi. “A data steward is responsible for carrying out data usage and security policies as determined through enterprise data governance initiatives, acting as a liaison between the information technology department and the business side of an organization.” 

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Chief data officer

“A chief data officer, or CDO, oversees a range of data-related functions to ensure an organization is getting the most of what could be its most valuable asset, says Strachnyi. “A CDO may be responsible for data management, ensuring data quality and creating data strategy. They may also be responsible for data analytics and business intelligence.”

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