Data Analyst


Data Analyst is a registered form of professional membership status that provides formal recognition of a member’s statistical training and work-based experience at entry level. Holders are considered to be registered as RSS Data Analysts.

You may be eligible for the RSS registered Data Analyst award if you meet all of the criteria listed below – or for full details, download the notes for guidance (PDF). To apply, please follow the link located within MyRSS.

  • You have undertaken sufficient statistical training either as part of RSS Quality Marked courses or course that meet this standard. See list of quality marked courses/modules
  • You have at least one years’ work experience within a statistical role
  • You are able to supply evidence of your continued professional development (CPD) of the past year, totalling 30 hours of learning.

To fulfil the requirements for Data Analyst, an individual must have undertaken RSS Quality Marked training or equivalent that meets one or more of the requirements below:

They must have good knowledge of

  • The frequentist and Bayesian methods for conducting data analyses
  • Their logical foundations, including relevant probability theory
  • The principles of systematic data collection, management and curation.

They can use this knowledge, together with software and programming skills, to

  • Build, assess and refine models appropriate for describing and understanding a wide variety of processes or problems
  • Draw appropriate inferences from them
  • Effectively communicate both substantive results and the nature of the uncertainty inherent in them, to expert or lay audiences.

They are aware of the implications of their work for the rights of individuals, are trustworthy, maintain the highest ethical standards and work for the public good.