Data Manager

Introduction

Modern IT systems operate in every walk of life, and as a result, more and more data is being generated than ever before. The value of this data is only just being realised, and a new world of opportunity is opening up. As a Data Manager you will be responsible for managing the collection and storage of this data within your organisation .

Also known as

  • Data Architect
  • Data Manager

Work Activities

Data very plays a crucial role in helping businesses and organisations to function effectively. However, data is only as good as the system or process that collects it. As a Data Manager you will be responsible for creating and maintaining this system and process.

As a Data Manager, you could be working in one of many different areas or industries, all of which realise the importance of data management. You could be working in:

  • schools, colleges, universities
  • hospitals
  • local county councils
  • human resource (HR) departments
  • an IT company
  • a logistics business

Managing the data of your organisation will involve performing many different duties, including:

  • maintaining accurate and up-to-date databases
  • generating reports which are effective and easily readable for non-technical managers
  • making suggestions to management, based on the collected data
  • producing statistical analysis from the collected data
  • managing a team, including training and performance monitoring
  • performing data validation - the process of making sure your data management systems use the correct and most useful forms of data
  • maintaining a data warehouse - this is the creation of a central collection point for all an organisation's data, often collected by many different databases

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become a Data Manager, you will need to:

  • be good with mathematics
  • have great IT skills, including being familiar with databases and query languages
  • have good analytical skills
  • be good at solving problems
  • have project management skills
  • to be able to work to deadlines
  • pay attention to details and accuracy
  • have great teamworking skills
  • be willing to keep up to date with any changes in data protection laws and the latest database technologies
  • have excellent communication skills, and to be able to explain technical issues, to non-technical people

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

  • Starting: £21,000 - £24,000
  • With experience: £27,000 - £32,000
  • Senior Data Managers earn £35,000 - £40,500

Hours of work

Data Managers usually work 35 hours from Monday to Friday, but might work some late evenings when deadlines require, or work out of hours if systems fail.

Where could I work?

Employers are in every sector of industry and commerce, including banks, building societies, insurance companies and others in the finance sector, and in public service (for example, local and central government departments).

Opportunities for Data Managers occur in towns and cities throughout the UK.

This career could involve working for an agency.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised on specialist IT job boards and employers' websites, in computing magazines and professional journals, in local/national newspapers, on Universal Jobmatch and at Jobcentre Plus.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry Routes

Some employers require you to have a degree before you become a Data Manager. Degrees in relevant subjects are available at many universities. In order to get onto a degree course you will usually need at least two A levels.

A great way to get into this career is through an internship. Take a look at our information article 'Internships', for more details.

Another option is to get onto a Degree Apprenticeship in a relevant area.Take a look at our information article 'Apprenticeships – How do I apply', for more details about applying for apprenticeship positions.

An A level in an IT based subject would be a great help.

So now is a great time to start planning your route through to university. IT based subjects at GCSE and A level would help you to stand out from the crowd. Also, try to get as much experience of working with databases as you can. This could be through work experience, a part-time job, or maybe at school or college.

Training

If you would like some training, the Chartered Institute for IT offer a practitioner certificate in data management essentials. By the end of the course, you would have learnt about:

  • demonstrating how to implement good practice in data management
  • understanding how to develop procedures for managing corporate dates
  • knowing how to work within a data management team and the roles and responsibilities within data management

Check the website for dates and availability.

Other courses could be available in your area.

Work Experience

Previous experience working in IT or in a managerial role would be really useful for this career.

Qualifications

To get onto an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you’ll usually need five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, possibly including English and maths.

To get onto a Degree Apprenticeship, you will usually need at least 2 A levels.

For entry to a relevant degree course, the usual requirement is:

  • 2/3 A levels
  • GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in 2/3 other subjects
  • English and maths at GCSE

Alternatives to A levels include:

  • BTEC level 3 qualifications
  • the International Baccalaureate Diploma

The BTEC level 3 qualification 'professional competence for IT and telecoms professionals' will help you to stand out from the crowd.

See if a college close to you offers this qualification.

However, course requirements vary so check college/university websites very carefully.

Some universities accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to 1 A level.

Further Information

Apprenticeships: Get In. Go Far

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

Tel: 0800 015 0400

Email: nationalhelpdesk@findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk

Website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk

The Tech Partnership

Skills for business and information technology

Address: 1 Castle Lane, London SW1E 6DR

Tel: 020 7963 8920

Email: info@e-skills.com

Website: www.e-skills.com

BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT

Address: First Floor, Block D, North Star House, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1FA

Tel: 0845 3004417

Email: custsupport@bcs.uk

Website: www.bcs.org

Big Ambition

Email: bigambition@e-skills.com

Website: www.bigambition.co.uk

Bring IT On

Irish enquiries

Website: www.bringitonni.info

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

People Exchange Cymru (PEC)

Public sector recruitment portal for Wales

Email: peopleexchangecymru@gov.wales

Website: www.peopleexchangecymru.org.uk/home

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