Analyst means someone who looks over data and comes to a conclusion regarding its meaning, as in “My stock analyst had looked at all of the market data and said that the future was bright for my investments.”
There are many different types of analysts. Stock analysts predict whether the stock market will rise or fall. Systems analysts look at how computers can be integrated into a business to make it run more efficiently. Analyst is also the shortened form of psychoanalyst––someone who helps make sense of your emotional life.