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Become A Business Analyst

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Working As A Business Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $63,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Analyst Do

A business analyst is someone who analyzes an organization or business domain (real or hypothetical) and documents its business or processes or systems, assessing the business model or its integration with technology.

How To Become A Business Analyst

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.


Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.


With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Real Business Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business and Systems Analyst Advanced Logistics Consulting Inc. River Falls, WI Sep 20, 2015 $271,310
Ecommerce Business Analyst Ascendum Solutions, LLC Highland Heights, KY Apr 01, 2015 $265,884
Ecommerce Business Analyst Krosource, LLC Cincinnati, OH Apr 15, 2015 $265,884
Business Analyst Precision Global Consulting, Inc. New York, NY Jul 13, 2015 $250,000
Director, Business Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Nov 06, 2015 $237,500
Product Delivery Business Analyst Populus Group LLC Minneapolis, MN May 11, 2015 $229,570
Business Systems Analyst Consultant Verrazano Consulting Solutions LLC New York, NY Oct 07, 2015 $219,135
Business Systems Analyst Oakley, Inc. CA Mar 10, 2016 $208,700
Business Systems Analyst Interpro, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 14, 2015 $200,000
Business Systems Analyst Iris Software, Inc. New York, NY Oct 02, 2015 $200,000
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Top Skills for A Business Analyst


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Top Business Analyst Skills

  1. Business Requirement Document
  2. Business Process Models
  3. SQL Server
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed and authored Business Requirement Documents, Functional Specifications and Technical maps for Asset Management stream.
  • Prepared Business Process Models that includes modeling of all the activities of the business from the conceptual to procedural level.
  • Utilized querying relational databases (T-SQL) and Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services to pull and integrate data from various sources.
  • Used Microsoft VISIO to document the flow of the project including sales calls.
  • Led quarterly financial and inventory forecast processes to plan business operations at vendor and country levels.

Top Business Analyst Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Business Analyst

  1. Bank of America
  2. Accenture LTD
  3. Liberty Mutual Insurance
  4. J.P. Morgan
  5. Wells Fargo
  6. State Farm
  7. Capital One
  8. American Express
  9. HP
  10. Cognizant
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