In her role as a Health Care Research Programmer, Melinda specializes in working with Medicare data to support government-funded projects. She creates Standard Analytic Files from raw data, which are used by research analysts to perform various analytical tasks.
Melinda began her career at Arbor Research as a research analyst. She soon found that her favorite tasks involved solving problems she saw with the data. With support from members of the staff and other training opportunities, she transitioned into a programming role working with large data sets.
The collaboration between the programming and analytic teams is incredibly important to solving problems within the data. Melinda states, “We work a lot within the programming team to sort out data issues – and then we work with analysts to figure out what data we need, what structure we need it in, and what kind of questions the analysts are trying to answer – we really work together to do that.”
The work at Arbor Research is rewarding. “My work is recognized here,” says Melinda, “through increased responsibilities on projects and even helping to train new people.” Working as part of a close-knit team benefits Melinda, as well. She notes, “a big reason I came to Arbor Research is that it seemed like a team environment. If I have an issue, I can talk to people who have had similar experiences – and people come to me with questions, too.”
Melinda has encouraged others to apply for jobs at Arbor Research because she appreciates the opportunities for professional growth and flexibility, “I’ve had incredible opportunities here, and I think that for people starting out – whether right out of school or looking for something new – there’s a wide variety of jobs.”