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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.

Education

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.

Advancement

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 Analyst Strohmier Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 16, 2015 $150,000
Business Analyst, CRM Agility Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2017 $117,996 -
$135,000
Business Analyst, CRM Agility Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 10, 2017 $117,996 -
$135,000
Business Analytics Analyst Arcogent, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 13, 2015 $109,000 -
$120,000
Business Analytics Analyst Arcogent, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 17, 2016 $109,000 -
$120,000
Business Analytics Analyst Arcogent, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 05, 2015 $109,000 -
$120,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 28, 2015 $107,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 29, 2015 $107,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2015 $107,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2015 $107,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2015 $107,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2015 $107,000
Business Systems Analyst ICSA Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 12, 2016 $107,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 21, 2015 $107,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2015 $107,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 14, 2015 $107,000
Business Systems Analyst ICSA Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 28, 2018 $103,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 02, 2015 $103,000
Business Systems Analyst Delviom LLC Ashburn, VA May 16, 2018 $102,731
Business Systems Analyst Delviom LLC Ashburn, VA May 18, 2018 $102,731
Business Systems Analyst Delviom LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 17, 2018 $102,731
Business Systems Analyst Delviom LLC Ashburn, VA May 21, 2018 $102,731
Business Systems Analyst Med-Strategies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 02, 2015 $102,502
Business Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Business Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Oracle E-Business Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Business System Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 18, 2016 $92,934
Business Analyst Amiti Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2018 $92,100
Software Systems Engineer/Business Systems Analyst Idexcel, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 30, 2017 $90,000
Business Analyst Concert Tech Corporation Ashburn, VA Feb 02, 2015 $88,000

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Top Skills for A Business Analyst

BusinessRequirementDocumentBusinessProcessModelsSQLServerMicrosoftVisioFinancialDataWarehouseTestPlansTestCasesUATApplicationDevelopmentJADUserAcceptanceWebUMLActivityDiagramsQASMEFunctionalRequirementsGatheringRequirementsWindowsXP

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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.

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