The career path for international students in MS Business Analytics programs is filled with opportunity. Though finding jobs for international students after the MS degree is always challenging due to changing H-1B rules, data analysts are in demand. Jobs in business or data analytics are in demand in the US and are expected to grow 27% in the next 10 years. Currently there are 7,238 openings for business analysts on LinkedIn.
Jobs for international students after MS
International students who are graduating from MS in Business Analytics, MS Data Analytics, and MS Data Science degrees have a variety of roles to choose from after they receive their degree. In this post, I use the term Data Analyst to refer to a variety of data-enabled roles that international students in MS Business Analytics and similar programs are qualified for after graduation.
Click on the job title below to learn more about the skills, salary, and job responsibilities.
- Management Analyst/Consultant
- Data Scientist
- Big Data Analytics Specialist
- Research Analyst
- Market Research Analyst
- Business Analyst
Salary after MS in Business Analytics
The median annual salary for data-related occupations in 2016 was $79,200. The salary depends on the role. To find detailed salary information about opportunities after graduation, ask your career services office for an employment report. Here’s an example from North Carolina State University MS in Analytics program.
Top skills for data-related roles
- Data Mining / Data Warehouse
- Data Modeling
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Statistical Analysis
- Data Analysis
Don’t forget the soft skills. Your ability to communicate, write, and show your curiosity are just as important as your technical skills.
Finding data analyst jobs for international students
Ddata analyst jobs are in demand across industries in the US. These companies sponsored H-1B visas for data analysts in 2017. The list excludes staffing and IT outsourcing companies:
- Machine Zone
- Fractal Analytics
- Leaf Group
- Applied Predictive Technologies
See more companies that hire international students: Top 250 Companies that Offer H-1B.
Job search tips
To find data analyst jobs for international students, you need to prepare. Don’t wait until your last few months to start searching for a job. Start the process after you arrive, especially if you are in a one-year or 9 month program. Learn about the H-1B process so you are prepared to interact with employers.