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Tableau is among the world's most popular software programs for analytics, and it's used by leading companies worldwide, including Dell, KPMG, and Facebook.

Upskill and tap into your own talents with DataCamp's career-advancing Tableau courses. Our active learning approach means that you build skills and confidence at your own pace, while regularly testing your knowledge. 

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Why Learn Tableau?

TABLEAU - THE WORLD's MOST POPULAR DATA ANALYSIS VISUALIZATION TOOL

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What do Pfizer, Nissan, Lufthansa, and Lenovo have in common? They all rely on Tableau.

Businesses of all sizes and in all sectors use Tableau, and these companies need data and business intelligence professionals to help extract insights from data and make better business decisions. That's where you come in.

Tableau is a valuable skill, and having this software listed on your CV can help you unlock a variety of career paths, including business intelligence, data analytics, Tableau consulting, and Tableau development. Or, if you're a company owner, ask yourself: are you really putting your data to work?

Like data itself, startups have unlimited potential. Knowing how to use data to leverage that potential can be make-or-break, and Tableau skills can ensure your success. Plus, Tableau is incredibly user-friendly and easy to learn. In a matter of hours, you could be creating dynamic data visualizations and sharing your findings.

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Learning Tableau with DataCamp

LEARN UP TO 10X FASTER THAN AT UNIVERSITY

DataCamp is home to the most comprehensive data-science curriculum on the internet. We’ve helped millions of learners just like you learn the tools and technologies that drive analytics, including Tableau.

Go from total Tableau Padawan to Jedi at your own pace.

Short tutorials are combined with practical, hands-on exercises and will provide you with the Tableau skills you need in the real world.

DataCamp’s engaging Tableau courses and skills tracks are delivered by our own in-house data experts - professionals who work in academia, industry, and governments around the world.

Whether your goal is learning some Tableau basics or becoming a certified Tableau Desktop Specialist, DataCamp has you covered.

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Tableau Courses and Tracks

Learn Tableau Fundamentals

Kick things up a notch and get a firm grasp on Tableau’s fundamentals. Designed for those with basic skills and newcomers alike, you’ll learn what you need to know to pass Tableau’s Desktop Specialist certification on this skill track. Analyze customer churn, create dashboards and compelling visualization, and learn how to use Tableau to connect data from varied sources.

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Introduction to Tableau

About this course

Learn a few key concepts about Tableau and its essential features. You’ll be shown how to navigate the software’s drag-and-drop interface and create visualizations. You’ll also learn how to use Tableau to handle geographic data, how to manipulate data, and how to analyze data over time. As you learn these skills, you’ll work with real-life data from Airbnb, education, health statistics, and more.

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Analyzing Data in Tableau

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Take your Tableau skills to the next level with advanced analysis and visualization.

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Creating Dashboards in Tableau

About this course

In today's data-driven environment, dashboards are a must-have. Tableau dashboards can help you have a bigger influence on business performance.

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Case Study: Analyzing Customer Churn in Tableau

About this course

You'll use Tableau to study a dataset from a fictional company called Databel, and you'll have to figure out why consumers are leaving.

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Connecting Data in Tableau

About this course

Learn how to connect Tableau to a variety of data sources and how to prepare data for analysis.

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Statistical Techniques in Tableau

About this course

With Tableau's built-in statistical tools, you can take your reporting talents to the next level.

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If you're new to Tableau, make sure you start here with our most popular track for beginners.

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How Can I Demonstrate My Skills in Tableau?

When you complete a DataCamp Tableau skill track, you receive our statement of achievement, a shareable digital certificate that shows you met our high standards.

Post this statement of achievement to your LinkedIn profile directly from your DataCamp account, and include it on your resume.

Your learning journey doesn't have to stop there - you can use Tableau to contribute towards a professional certification as a data scientist or a data analyst. Our certification contents are based on in-depth analysis of real job requirements and are tailored to ensure that you have the right skills for a demanding job within the industry. 

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Who Needs to Learn Tableau?

People who want to build a career in data. Anyone pursuing a career as a data analyst, data scientist, or business intelligence specialist should know the Tableau basics at a minimum. 

Because Tableau is in such high use (the software has an impressive market share), there are dedicated professionals who focus on Tableau. 

It might go without saying, but if you want to be a Tableau consultant or a Tableau developer, you need to learn the software well!

Tableau is used by so many businesses, so everyone can benefit from learning how to use this tool and tell meaningful stories with data.

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Add Tableau to your data analyst skillset. Pass the Desktop Specialist Certification exam and become a Tableau Master.

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Your Tableau Instructors

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Hadrien Lacroix

Hadrien is a DataCamp curriculum manager and has helped created over 30+ DataCamp courses. See full Bio

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Sara Billen

Sara holds a master's degree in Business Engineering and Marketing Analysis and is a full time instructor at DataCamp. See full Bio

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Lis Sulmont

Lis holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from McGill University.  Apart from being a DataCamp instructor, she is overseeing the development of the DataCamp Workspace.  See full Bio

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Learn Tableau FAQs

Is Tableau easy to learn?

Yes. Tableau is very user-friendly and features a graphical, drag-and-drop interface that makes data analytics tasks easy. 

That said, while it’s easy to pick up the basics of Tableau, it’s much harder to fully master the program’s more powerful and complex functionalities. The best way to learn the ins and outs of Tableau (and ensure you understand the essentials) is through a structured course, such as DataCamp’s Tableau Fundamentals.

Should I learn Excel or Tableau?

It's not an either-or situation: you should learn both as they have different primary functions.  Excel is a spreadsheet tool, whilst Tableau is all about data visualization.  Excel comes with many useful inbuilt functions along with the ability to create more, whilst Tableau's strength is the analysis of large, complex data sets via a visual interface.

Is it worth learning Tableau in 2022?

Yes. Tableau is a valuable skill to possess because so many companies use this business intelligence software. If you learn how to use Tableau, you can look for work in data-related fields. 


DataCamp offers several Tableau courses, including Introduction to Tableau, which is suitable for newcomers, and Tableau Fundamentals, which teaches you everything needed to pass the Tableau Desktop Specialist examination.

Can I learn Tableau on my own?

Yes, but you might not gain a full understanding of the software’s functions, or its potential uses. 

Tableau was designed to be user-friendly, so people with little experience handling data or databases can comfortably use the program. But if you’re serious about business intelligence and data analytics, it’s best to seek Tableau training to ensure you really understand the advanced functions - including why and when you’ll use them.

How long does it take to learn Tableau?

At DataCamp, your first Tableau course can be completed in half a day, and you will already have gained useful Tableau skills.  More advanced skills can be obtained by completing DataCamp's Tableau Fundamentals, which has 5 courses with 24 hours of training.  Expect it to take 2 to 6 months to become adept at using Tableau, regardless of how fast you finished your training, as proficiency requires practice and experimentation.

Does Tableau use SQL?

Yes, Tableau comes with a connector for use with SQL Server to enable charting, creation of reports, and dashboards whilst connecting directly to a data source.

Does Tableau connect to Python?

Yes, via TabPy, an analytics extension that enables the execution of Python scripts and functions within Tableau.  The TabPy extension enables Tableau to run Python scripts in real-time and display the results as a visualization. 

If I already know R should I learn Tableau?

Yes, Tableau is not an R replacement. Rather, it enables easier creation of interactive charts than can be done in R.  If you already know Python, learning Tableau might be a better next step than learning R.

Do I need to know how to code to use Tableau?

No, you don’t need any coding skills to use Tableau. However, if you have learned the basics of Python or R (both data science languages you can learn with DataCamp online), then you can perform additional functions with Tableau, such as enhanced data visualizations.

Tableau was designed to perform data analytics and business intelligence tasks;  if you’re using Tableau, you’re working with data. Learning how to code in a programming language that’s suitable for data science tasks is a worthy investment of your time - an investment that can make you a more valuable employee or candidate.

Is the Tableau certification easy?

Yes, but only if you’re well prepared. The Tableau Desktop Specialist examination is an essential stepping stone if you’d like to become a Tableau consultant. Because Tableau is licensed software, the company has high standards and the passing grade for Desktop Specialist is 70%.


The best way to prepare for the exam is with a structured course, such as DataCamp’s Tableau Fundamentals, which teaches you everything you need to know to pass the Desktop Specialist exam.

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