Data Analysis

Learn data analysis to power your career

Calbright’s Data Analysis Certificate Program provides the foundation for a career in the field, and serves as a springboard to the Google Professional Data Analytics Certification.

What is Data Analysis?

Data analysis is the ability to organize, interpret, and act on critical statistics and large amounts of information. It is an essential skill set in every industry as employers seek ways to improve and optimize data-driven decisions and operations.

What can Calbright’s data analysis certificate program do for you?

Students will learn to:
  • Analyze data systems and automate information retrieval
  • Identify key business insights
  • Prepare reports that show leaders how this data could be applied to their business model
100% Free​
No tuition, no fees, no financial aid forms – we’re free to Californians!​
Designed for virtual learning from the start. Access courses anywhere.​
Flexibly Paced
Take classes on your schedule. We fit into your life.​
Certificate in 1 Year
Study a few hours each week, earn your Calbright certificate in under a year.​


Why do companies need Data Analysts?

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Data analysts gather, manage, and visualize data for business intelligence insights in order to answer a question or to solve a problem. They provide critical information for organizational decision making and are found in many industries, including business, finance, insurance, criminal justice, science, medicine, and government.

Calbright’s Data Analysis certificate program is built in collaboration with employers, designed to reflect labor market insights and the needs of fast-growing sectors. 

The need for data analysts is growing – the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 36% nationwide increase in data analyst jobs by 2031.

Upon completion of the program, you’ll be both a generalist and a specialist, ready to apply your understanding to a variety of new opportunities and, if you choose, move toward the Google Professional Data Analytics Certification.

This program is currently free to California residents.

Skills you'll gain

Courses in this Program

BUS 500

Introduction to Structured Data​

This introductory course establishes a baseline understanding of terminology used in data analysis, how data is generated, and how to organize and visualize data using spreadsheets and Structured Query Language (SQL). You’ll begin preparing for the workplace by learning effective presentation and data storytelling techniques.

BUS 501

Application of Structured Data​

This course is a hands-on experience where you’ll apply your knowledge, skills, and abilities to a real-world data project. This will include the manipulation of data using SQL to tell a story and give you the opportunity to present the interpretation of your data findings.


Topics Covered

Calbright programs are designed to reflect labor market needs, and are built in collaboration with employers. You'll build knowledge and skills in Data Analysis that will translate across a wide variety of business contexts. The program covers these topics and more:

Note: While Calbright programs are flexibly paced, enrollment agreements are limited in duration.
Students are enrolled in successive 6-month terms for a maximum program length of three years.

Careers and Outcomes

What can you do with a certificate in Data Analysis?

Data Analyst

Data Analysts gather, manage and visualize data for business intelligence insights in order to answer a question or to solve a problem. Data Analysts work in many industries, including business, finance, criminal justice, science, medicine, and government.

Office Administrator

Collects, compiles, and analyzes information from various sources on a variety of specialized topics related to assigned programs; participates in the preparation of reports that present and interpret data, identify alternatives, and makes and justifies recommendations.

Retail Manager

Responsible for total store sales, sales growth and how your team can contribute impact total store profitability. You will know and assess the competition; leverage guest insights and feedback to drive the business model.

We'll help you get there!

No one should have to be in college alone, and at Calbright you’ve got a team working with you, supporting your success. Whether it’s help with your classes, help with technology, or even someone to help connect you to services you need in your life, we are here to be part of your journey to a better career and help transition you into a job in tech.


Over 11,000 entry level jobs requiring data analysis skills in California


Average starting salary for data analyst roles


Expected job growth in California in the next 10 years


Jobs, salary, and growth data via Lightcast, August 2023.

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