Hiring Data Analysts in Austin TX

Sep 10 17 Comments

I'm trying to hire Data Analysts in Austin TX in the healthcare industry. In 2 months I have gotten virtually no good applicants. Tips for how to find and connect with these types? If you're a DA: what types of places do you normally search for positions? What types of benefits are most appealing to you?

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  • Walmart QqDG66
    I work as a data analyst, and pretty much all people look for data scientist roles if you're a data analyst. So maybe upgrade the title a bit?
    Sep 10 2
    • OP
      Thanks for the tip! Wish I could but HR won't allow. It truly is a SQL based role which company separates from Data Science roles that require more tech/math saavy.
      Sep 10
    • Neurocrine AtinlayBro
      Facebook calls it's SQL based role as data scientist, and more quantitative/ML role as ML scientist or research scientist. I think what Walmart is saying is correct.
      Sep 10
  • Neurocrine AtinlayBro
    I am a data scientist in healthcare. What's the pay band you are offering?
    Sep 10 5
    • OP
      Depending on experiencing, base between $75k to $85k. Possibly a little higher if I'm just totally wowed.
      Sep 10
    • OP
      Will also say, that is for folks who are just regular SQL based DAs. Data scientists are a different pay scale and title closer to the 6 figure mark.
      Sep 10
    • Neurocrine AtinlayBro
      That seems like a new grad salary. A lot of other companies pay a lot more than that for new grad. My friend in Austin started with 95k base 5 years ago.

      Healthcare is lagging behind in terms of impactful work and good pay. Almost everyone around me in healthcare wants to move out of it unless their skills are too specific. Healthcare data analyst is a niche domain anyway.

      For my experience, healthcare pays me $120k. For the exact same experience, LinkedIn would pay me $200k. So why not? Unless you show that the skills a candidate would learn at your org would improve his market value or that you pay him well, finding good talent is tough.
      Sep 10
    • OP
      I agree with your points. Healthcare is behind the times in terms of technology and software tools too. I think it's hard for the company to see that in a market like Austin because salary scales are set from the Corp. Office in St. Louis where there's way less competition/supply.

      I must be missing the train becasue I've never been able to find anything in Austin as an Individual Contributor for more than $90k. I even had a startup tell me that $160k TC was too much for them for an Analytics Director position. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places too?!
      Sep 10
    • Neurocrine AtinlayBro
      Agree with the salary scales. A startup in Austin offered me $140 for a head of data science position, which I received after a lot of push and negotiation. Toyota offered me $90k when I am an experienced data scienfist. I didn't pursue that role. People want to move towards NYC, Seattle, Cali to stay closer to the market. I have a lot of friends in Midwest and they want to move to the coasts for better careers. And move to Austin probably once they are ready to have kids.

      So again, unless you can offer development of good career skills or good pay, finding great talent is hard, especially in niche domain.
      Sep 10
  • New axs1312
    I am actively seeking full-time opportunities in the Data science/analytics realm.
    LinkedIn/Career websites are my go-to while searching for jobs. H1B sponsorship and good health insurance are the most appealing benefits.
    Sep 10 2
    • OP
      I've run into the H1B issue a lot and lost out on some great candidates because of it. Company policy is that we have to prove there were no other candiates by doing an insane number if interviews. In practice, we usually find someone decent by around 20 or 25 interviews so most never HMs never end up qualifying to sponsor.
      Sep 10
    • Neurocrine AtinlayBro
      Lol good luck finding talent without sponsorship. You are better off hiring a consulting company like Accenture, ZS, Axtria, IQVIA, Veeva, Deloitte, BCG etc who work on healthcare projects if sponsorship is a constraint.
      Sep 10
  • Aetna iXDf85o
    I’m in this realm! The provider/institutional data file domain knowledge is niche especially if you are tying in Medicare/Medicaid since those get extra dicey. Based on your wishlist I’d imagine you are looking for someone more senior which would drive up your pay band. Is this role remote? I negotiated working remotely because it makes me happy and no one chooses to be on 290 - 183 in traffic for fun. Aetna also edged out competition with its volunteering hours, wellness incentives to lower premiums and (at least in my department) retention.
    Keep in mind though- there has been a lot of interest in the healthcare field which will make finding top talent considerably harder.
    Sep 19 1
    • OP
      Yes, a more senior/experienced individual would be ideal. I don't have a problem bumping up pay commensurately, although I am somewhat limited by HR in just how high that can go for a new hire. The role can be up to 60% remote.

      I didn't know Aetna had a big presence in Austin. Where in town are they located?
      Sep 19
  • Charter Mæstro
    Everything I have ever heard about Healthcare is that HIPPA is an atrocious nightmare, so I stay away from ever applying for those even for funsies unless pay is in the 110+ range.

    What is your companies glass door rating? If you want to DM me your job posting, or post it here, I will read it over and tell you what red flags I would look at if any.

    also out of curiosity what is a 'good data analyst candidate' to you?
    Sep 12 1
    • OP
      HIPPA's not that bad. You just make sure you don't save data on non-network drives and encrypt your email and then it's simple.

      Parent company is 3.1 on Glassdoor but our Texas subsidiary is a 3.5.

      Posting is crap.
      https://jobs.centene.com/job/austin/data-analyst-iii-sql-excel-tableau/17169/12698416. Corporate makes it this generic hodge podge of skills that can then apply for all departments from finance to operations to clinical to quality, etc. I don't even do HEDIS or pharmacy underwriting like the post mentions.

      I want someone who is really good with SQL and has experience with healthcare data (UB40, 1500s, DRGs, CPTs, HCPCS). Ideally they would have some knowledge of payor systems, medical billing and coding, and basic anatomy/physiology. On top of that, some finance background to understand how to do an accrual estimate, calculate ROI on programs, evaluate outcomes between a treatment and control group, and evaluate cost benefit of various vendors and payment contracts. They need to be familiar with ETL, window functions, creating stored procedures, etc. And need to know how to validate their work. Then blending all of that together for someone who can ultimately look at 1 billion medical claims, pull the right data and/or classify things correctly, build a model and/or perform a financial analysis, then give me the 4 bullet point executive summary to guide business strategy and decision making.

      It's asking for a lot. Lots of skills from a diverse range of backgrounds. I probably won't find that unicorn, but would even take someone with 80% of those skills.
      Sep 13
  • Aetna iXDf85o
    Not in Austin but they have a small office near IAH in Houston. HR with all their red tape :/
    Sep 20 0