A friend of mine recently pointed out a Web analyst's job shares many characteristics of the best jobs listed in a recent article on CareerJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's executive career site. The article uses six primary factors to judge occupations: income, stress, physical demands, outlook, security, and work environment.
Web analyst didn't make the list, but a successful, business-focused Web analyst shares many skills and qualities of the professions that come out on top:
Does this make a successful Web analytics professional the best job of all? Tough to say. It can rank very high in the six measurements, but based on the shortage of experienced people in the field, maybe it's the undiscovered über-job. Web analytics may not be terribly sexy. We hardly get the money or fame of an NBA player. But for the average Joe, it can be very satisfying.
With the strange mix of all of the above job characteristics, it also begins to explain the lack of qualified Web analytics professionals available on today's market.
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March 19, 2014