Careers in Consumer Analytics

The future of fashion and lifestyle: Data

As more companies seek to predict and meet consumer demand, fashion and lifestyle businesses are undergoing a data-driven revolution.

Professionals who work in consumer analytics possess expertise to enhance various facets of a company’s operations, from customer experiences to marketing and supply chain optimization.

With a master’s degree in Consumer Analytics from LIM College, you can enhance your résumé and acquire skills to excel in roles that involve harnessing the power of big data.

A growing field

Consumer analysts play a pivotal role within the expansive domain of market research analysts. This field is on the rise, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

current jobs

Companies are leveraging data-driven insights to make informed decisions, and the demand for consumer analysts is increasing accordingly.

job growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of analysts to grow 13% from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.

projected employment

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be nearly a million market analyst jobs by 2032.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts about 94,600 new openings for market analysts each year to meet increasing demand.

Explore careers in consumer analytics

Consumer analysts and operations analysts are types of data analysts who work with data to solve business problems.

Consumer analysts specialize in understanding consumer behavior and preferences, whereas operations analysts concentrate on optimizing operational efficiency. Both roles utilize data analysis to provide insights and recommendations that are essential for informed decision-making in the business world.

What does a consumer analyst do?

Consumer analysts are data experts who play a vital role in understanding consumer preferences, product demand, and pricing dynamics. They help businesses run efficiently by collecting and analyzing data. Consumer analysts are a subset of the broader field of data analysts, professionals who use data to solve business challenges. 

Their responsibilities include:

  • Data Gathering: Collecting information on consumer needs, demographics, preferences, and purchasing habits using polls, questionnaires, and surveys.
  • Data Interpretation: Employing statistical software, analysts decode data to forecast future trends, evaluate product demand, and devise strategies for sales, marketing, advertising, and product promotions.
  • Data Presentation: Converting complex data into comprehensible written reports and using visual aids such as charts, infographics, and tables to present findings.
  • Communication: Consumer analysts communicate their outcomes and insights to business leaders.

What does an operations analyst do?

Operations analysts also harness the power of data to address business challenges, particularly in operational efficiency. This may include shipping, product distribution, production scheduling, supply chain management, product organization, and pricing models. 

Their responsibilities include: 

  • Data Analysis: Employing statistical analysis, simulations, and predictive modeling to analyze data and develop solutions to enhance business operations, such as supply chain management, pricing strategies, and marketing initiatives.
  • Consultation: Providing valuable insights and recommendations to decision-makers, advising them on the potential effects of their actions.
  • Data Presentation: Sharing their findings in written reports and making data-driven recommendations to business leaders and executives.

With a degree in Consumer Analytics from LIM College, you can pursue a career in a wide range of industries and seek professional roles where you can make a significant impact on business strategies and consumer experiences.

Employers in many fields look for employees with data analysis skills. Some of these fields include:

  • Beauty
  • Consulting
  • Consumer Goods
  • Fashion
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Retail
  • Sports
  • Technology

Sample consumer and operation analyst job titles include: 

  • Consumer Business Data Analyst
  • Consumer insights Lead
  • Consumer Intelligence Analyst
  • Data Analytics Specialist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Retail Analyst

To thrive in the world of consumer analytics, which offers career pathways with the potential for rapid growth, you must have the technical skills to decipher and explain consumer trends and behavior. These skills include:

  • Data storytelling: Translate data into compelling narratives that inform strategic decision-making.
  • Data visualization (e.g., Tableau®, Microsoft Power BI®): Create clear and impactful data presentations through data visualization tools.
  • Statistical programming (e.g., Python®): Prepare for robust data analysis and modeling by understanding statistical programming languages.
  • Microsoft Excel (e.g., spreadsheets, pivot tables, conditional formatting): Facilitate data organization and in-depth analysis by mastering Excel.
  • Data management: Execute efficient data handling and management to manage vast datasets.
  • Creative and critical thinking: Uncover insights and make new connections that improve business practices.
  • Communication: Share insights and recommendations with colleagues and leaders effectively.
  • Decision making: Apply data-driven insights to make informed decisions.
  • Presentation skills: Clearly convey findings and recommendations to clients and stakeholders.
Master of Science in Consumer Analytics

In LIM’s Master of Science (MS) in Consumer Analytics degree program you can develop practical hands-on software skills and acquire valuable business and marketing knowledge applicable in the world of fashion, lifestyle, and beyond.

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