In 2017, Tableau was named as one of the top 10 technical skills with ‘explosive growth in job demand’. Studies have shown that visuals improve learning by up to 400 percent. Additionally, the majority of the world’s population has access to the Internet. This has made data visualisation now more important than ever.
And in contrast to your traditional excel spreadsheet, Tableau allows you to create interactive graphs to gather insights. This helps to broaden your vision and lets you and your company make the best possible informed decisions.
Read on to find out more about Tableau and how you can get started with it.
What is Tableau?
As previously mentioned, Tableau is a data visualisation tool allowing you to create interactive graphs to gain insights for your company. Tableau helps you and your audience understand large data sets using a variety of visuals. With a simple drag and drop, you’ll be able to summarise large sets of data into a simple chart.
Additionally, the Tableau software has a variety of uses, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Importing large datasets
- Managing metadata
- Creating no-code data queries
- Data blending (a method for combining data from multiple sources)
- Data collaboration
- And of course, data visualisation.
Examples of Tableau Being Used
Ever since Tableau was founded in 2003, it has been actively used in the business intelligence industry. Companies like The World Bank, New York Times, Linkedin, Nike and Skype have all used Tableau. These companies have used the platform to convey messages to their consumers and to make decisions for their company.
Take Linkedin’s use of Tableau as a real-life application example. With over 800 million members, Linkedin needs an efficient platform to analyse their sales. Currently, Linkedin uses Tableau to process large amounts of consumer data in order to frequently measure performance of their sales. This in turn has resulted in an increase in revenue as the sales cycle has become more proactive.
Why Should I Learn Tableau?
To re-emphasise, Tableau was listed as one of the 10 technical skills with explosive growth in job demand by Forbes. More companies are relying on data to help make decisions, making Tableau increase in demand in the last few years.
A study done by the Statista states that “over the next five years up to 2025, global data creation is projected to grow to more than 180 zettabytes.” To compare, 1 zettabyte is equivalent to as much information as there are grains of sand on all beaches. And with more data comes more people needed to analyse and visualise these large amounts of data. This, in turn, creates more jobs, such as being a Tableau professional.
Additionally, picking up Tableau as a skill can help to widen one’s job opportunities. With Tableau in your skillset, some of the many jobs and careers to choose from are as follows:
- Tableau Developer
- Data Analyst
- Senior Tableau Developer
- Tableau Consultant
- Business Analyst and more.
What Is The Salary of A Tableau Professional?
On top of its increasing demand, the salary of Tableau professionals is attractive as well. The job website Indeed mentions that Tableau Developers in Singapore have been reported to make S$7,602 at U3 InfoTech Pte Ltd, and S$7,260 at NTT Data. On a global scale, Glassdoor states that the average income of a Tableau Developer has risen to US$108,000 per year in the United States.
How Do I Start A Career in Tableau?
To get started, choose to pick up other skills like Excel and SQL as well. With these, you’ll be able to pick up Tableau faster and more efficiently. It also helps join a community of Tableau learners. This will allow you to learn from the individuals around you and to connect you with key industry players. Gaining as much experience and practice as possible is also important, so don’t shy away from showcasing and practising your Tableau skills with Tableau Dashboards, which uses public data.
Most importantly, be sure to certify your experience and Tableau skills. You can do this by opting to enrol into a course that teaches you about data visualisation and Tableau.
How Do I Start Learning Tableau?
Similar to the points stated above, you can get started by picking up skills and enrolling in a course. Ensure that the course and/or workshop you take allows you to learn some of the more commonly used tools. This includes tools like Excel and SQL, on top of Tableau.
Refer to the section below on some of the questions you should refer to when searching for a Tableau course to take.
What Courses Should I Take To Learn Tableau?
When looking for a course to take on Tableau, be sure to refer to the following questions. These will help to ensure you get the best Tableau course possible in your area:
- Does the course teach Microsoft Excel, SQL, and Tableau?
- Is the course being taught by industry professionals?
- Are there works by previous students that you can get access to in order to find out more about the course?
- Is there subsidies/funding available in order to help you financially?
- Does the course include a certificate at the end to certify your learning?
- Are there reviews by previous students?
The Data Analytics Bootcamp is a course that fulfils all the questions above and is taught by expert data analysts in Singapore. For more information on data analytics, do read on in our blog post, “A Beginner’s Guide To Data Analytics”.
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