I am seeking input from industry professionals on whether I have the requisite experience and skills to be a candidate for a data analyst position in the life sciences industry.
My background in brief: I am an IT Director at a major pharmaceutical company who is exploring a career change into data analytics. I have 25+ years of varied IT experience including leading teams of database administrators, BI analysts/developers and master data management specialists. My hands-on skills are advanced Excel, basic SQL and R, along with strong analytical and communication/presentation abilities. I have a good understanding of statistics -- as a university adjunct professor I taught several courses, including one in data analytics to MBA candidates -- but no work experience in data analysis.
My motivation for exploring a change is simply that I enjoy data analysis and statistics. My financial situation will allow me to take a job at a data analyst level salary and progress from there, but first I wonder whether my background would qualify me for a position.
Does anyone have thoughts to share on this?