I am graduating with a bachelor's degree in applied math and I will pursue a master's degree in statistics this fall.
There are many specialized fields in applied statistics. I realize I may be more interested in becoming a data analyst, working with big data in market research or IT, but I'm not sure what kinds of skills are needed and what are the core courses I should take to become a data analyst.
I've learned some MatLab, R, SPSS, C, ruby, can't say I'm an expert on these. I'm learning SAS, because SAS seems to be what every stats master should know. (Is this really true?)
I'm a little confused right now and need some specific advice about what skills I should intensively learn and what courses I should take.