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How To Change Careers from Software Developer to Data Analyst
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Here Is A Data Analyst\'s Coaching Question ...

I have a Masters in Computer Science degree and have been working as a CRM developer with a custom CRM software for a year now.
I did a data mining and statistics courses back in grad school but then ventured out into more of a software development role in my first job.
What are best options to get into a role which involves data analysis work.
Also where can I find small time projects to work on, so as to build my hands on experience.