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I'm a new grad looking for my first job as a data analyst. Most of the openings I've seen look for some combination of R, Matlab, and SQL, but I've come across some positions that are only looking for advanced Excel experience.

Aside from the obvious, what are the differences between positions that want R, Matlab and SQL and those that mostly want Excel programming? Are the typical candidates all that different?

Articles/posts like "Don't Call Yourself a Programmer" and Questions over Excel programming would lead me to think the ideal candidates would be similar.

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Language experience tends to be HR filters. However, there are places that teach these as a vocation and not the underlying concepts that would produce candidates that may have difficulty switching from one language to another. –  MichaelT Jul 3 '13 at 20:10
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