What people that now work in Analyst / Data Scientist have to say about their experiences.

JobsForAstronomers: What is your current job?
Ms. Disarray: Product Analyst Intern

JobsForAstronomers: What is your level of satisfaction with your current job?
Ms. Disarray: On a scale of 1-10, probably a 7? But I'm still in my first week, so that could change.

JobsForAstronomers: What qualifications were necessary for obtaining this position?
Ms. Disarray: I needed to know SQL, which I didn't, so they took me on as an intern with the intent to hire.

JobsForAstronomers: What additional training did you complete in order to be able to perform your duties?
Ms. Disarray: I'm completing it now! :)

JobsForAstronomers: What was your last academic position before switching fields of work (i.e. PhD student, first/second post-doc etc)?
Ms. Disarray: Physics PhD student who changed her mind and got a master's instead. I was 21 when I entered undergrad as a physics major, graduated with my master's at 29 (June 2012), and started my job just 4 days ago (10/1/12) - I'll be 30 in a few weeks.