My Education: BS/BA, Business, Suffolk University
My Prior Experience: I worked at a large local bank for six years.
My Company: I work for a start-up company that scores foods on a 1 to 100 scale. The higher the number the higher the nutritional value.
Job/Career Overview: My primary responsibility is to make sure product information gets into our database.
On any given day, I am responsible for making sure product data information gets uploaded into our database. Once it's been uploaded, we forward the information to a local university where the nutritional information gets plugged into an algorithm, which a doctor developed, and based on the ranking that the algorithm gives it, we score each product from 1 to 100.
My job also involves ensuring that the data we entered matches the information that is on the product's Nutrition Fact Panel and ingredient statement. This requires comparing the data entry with an image of the label.
Once we receive the scores from the university, they go through two more reviews to ensure that the scoring is accurate. Once we determine the score is accurate, it gets published.
I rate this career 7 out of 10.
The best part of the job is knowing that I am part of doing something good that will help people determine which products in their local grocery store are good for them. I also love the work environment. It is very laid-back and everyone is friendly to one another. You feel like everyone's contribution is valued.
The worst part of the job is working with Excel spreadsheets every day. This part of the job can be boring at times.
The advice I would give someone pursuing a career as an analyst would be to go to college and get a college degree. I would definitely suggest finding work while in college that allows you to intern. Working while you're in school will give you some work experience, which any employer would value. While you are in school make sure you take courses in working with spreadsheets and databases.