Information analyst

Information analysts use powerful analytics tools and modelling software to analyse and interpret data. Their findings and insights are used to help inform decision making, strategy and processes.

Starting your career

Subject choices

If you’re thinking of a career as an information analyst, useful subjects to choose at school include: 

  • English 
  • Maths 
  • Information and Communication Technology 
  • Physics 
  • Computing Science 
  • Statistics 
  • Business 

Work placements and volunteering

You’ll find it helpful to get some experience of working in healthcare by doing a work placement. There may also be opportunities to volunteer. This could help you when applying to university, college or a new job with NHSScotland. 

Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships

A Foundation Apprenticeships could help you gain the skills and experience relevant for a role as an information analyst.

Find out more about the Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills.

Modern Apprenticeships

Begin or continue your information analytics career journey with a Modern Apprenticeship in Data Analytics Technical. 

Graduate Apprenticeships

A Graduate Apprenticeship in data science is a great chance to learn relevant technical skills while gaining valuable work experience. 

Find out more about the Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science. 

College and university

If you choose to go to college or university before working as an information analyst, useful degree subjects for the role include: 

  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Data Science
  • Business Information Systems
  • Statistics and Operational Research 
  • Business Management
  • Social Science

The education pathway for many information analysts is varied. Studying other subjects at college or university could lead to a role in this area.

Widening participation supports adult learners who want to go to university. If you’re an adult with few or no qualifications, you could get into higher education through the Scottish Widening Access Programme (SWAP).

Many universities also provide access programmes to help you get the degree entry qualifications you need.

Search for college or university courses on My World of Work. 

The role

As an information analyst working in the NHS, you’ll examine complex data and create models. You’ll also identify trends and present results to stakeholders and colleagues using data visualisation techniques.

What you’ll do

Your tasks could include:

  • using multiple data sources and analytics tools to provide insights and support decision making
  • helping stakeholders to access and analyse data sets
  • supporting academic research projects
  • compiling and presenting statistics to colleagues and partner organisations

Top skills

Top skills for a role as an information analyst include:

  • analysis
  • communication
  • attention to detail
  • accuracy
  • organisation
  • teamwork

You’ll also need knowledge and experience of:

  • programming languages, such as R, Python, SQL, or SPSS
  • data protection and confidentiality principles
  • how data can help manage and improve health and social care

Who you’ll work with

As an information analyst, you could be working with:

  • data analysts
  • data scientists
  • project managers
  • data managers
  • information managers
  • information governance managers

Working environment

Information analysts can work in an office or remotely.

Did you know

Public Health Scotland launched on 1st April 2020. The new national Health Board employs information analysts and information managers to gain insights into healthcare data.

Learning and development

With training and experience, you could move into a supervisory or management role, such as senior information analyst or principal information analyst. If you take up these senior roles, you could be responsible for a team of staff and for managing a budget.

Professional bodies