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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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Business Analyst Career Paths

Business Analyst
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Marketing Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Business Analyst Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    52.6%
  • Female

    44.3%
  • Unknown

    3.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    66.9%
  • Asian

    19.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.4%
  • Unknown

    3.8%
  • Black or African American

    1.1%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    35.4%
  • French

    12.0%
  • Chinese

    8.6%
  • Mandarin

    7.8%
  • German

    4.7%
  • Hindi

    4.7%
  • Portuguese

    4.0%
  • Russian

    3.4%
  • Italian

    2.9%
  • Japanese

    2.9%
  • Arabic

    2.6%
  • Cantonese

    2.4%
  • Urdu

    1.8%
  • Korean

    1.7%
  • Carrier

    1.7%
  • Vietnamese

    0.9%
  • Gujarati

    0.9%
  • Polish

    0.8%
  • Thai

    0.5%
  • Bengali

    0.5%
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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 05, 2015 $109,000 -
$120,000
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 Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 29, 2015 $107,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 21, 2015 $107,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2015 $107,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2015 $107,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2015 $107,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 28, 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 14, 2015 $107,000
Business Systems Analyst ICSA Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 12, 2016 $107,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 20, 2013 $105,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 02, 2015 $103,000
Business Systems Analyst ICSA Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 28, 2018 $103,000
Business Systems Analyst Delviom LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 17, 2018 $102,731
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 May 21, 2018 $102,731
Business Systems Analyst Med-Strategies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 02, 2015 $102,502
Oracle E-Business Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Business Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Business Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Business Systems Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 26, 2013 $93,600
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
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 23, 2014 $91,000
Business Analyst, CRM Agility Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 01, 2014 $90,000 -
$105,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 05, 2013 $90,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 05, 2013 $90,000
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
Business Analyst Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 06, 2015 $87,422
Business/Systems Analyst Delviom, LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 21, 2016 $85,000 -
$100,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 04, 2012 $85,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 07, 2013 $85,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 14, 2013 $85,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 06, 2013 $85,000
Business Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 09, 2017 $84,000
Business Systems Analyst Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 19, 2016 $83,782
Business Systems Analyst Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 02, 2017 $83,304
Business Analyst Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Aug 27, 2016 $83,158
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 04, 2014 $83,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 09, 2014 $83,000
Business System Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 08, 2014 $83,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2013 $82,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 04, 2013 $82,000
Business Analyst CNI Global Solutions, LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 14, 2017 $80,184 -
$104,200
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 15, 2012 $80,000
SR. Business Systems Analyst Porvus Tehnologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 24, 2010 $80,000 -
$90,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 08, 2014 $80,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 04, 2014 $80,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 27, 2013 $80,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 15, 2013 $80,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 23, 2013 $80,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 26, 2013 $80,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 04, 2013 $79,000
Business Systems Analyst Elite Innovative Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 19, 2017 $79,000
Business Systems Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 07, 2013 $77,000
Business Systems Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 06, 2013 $77,000
Business Analyst Concert Tech Corporation Ashburn, VA Jan 14, 2014 $76,600
Business Analyst Sstech LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 28, 2016 $75,000
Business System Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 06, 2014 $75,000
Oracle Financials Business Analyst Intellipoint Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 01, 2011 $75,000
Business Analyst Infotech Systems Technology Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2015 $75,000
Business Systems Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 28, 2014 $75,000
Business Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 16, 2010 $75,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 07, 2012 $75,000
Business Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2014 $73,400
Business Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2014 $73,400
Business Systems Analyst 2 Caci Enterprise Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 09, 2017 $71,783
Business Analyst/Statistician Nedia Enterprises, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 10, 2015 $71,730
Business Analyst Concepts Information Technology, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 13, 2018 $70,958
Business Analyst Deloitte Consulting LLP Ashburn, VA Nov 28, 2017 $70,574
Business Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 16, 2018 $70,283
Business Analyst Klein Management Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 10, 2015 $70,000
Business Analyst-Rules Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 31, 2012 $70,000
Business Systems Analyst Med-Strategies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 15, 2015 $70,000
Business Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $70,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 12, 2013 $70,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 12, 2014 $70,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 08, 2013 $70,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2013 $70,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 15, 2013 $69,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 08, 2013 $69,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 02, 2013 $69,000
Business System Analyst Dfuse Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 24, 2013 $68,000
Business Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 10, 2015 $68,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 22, 2015 $68,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 06, 2013 $68,000
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2014 $67,700
Business Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 05, 2015 $67,700
Business Analyst Zillion Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 06, 2014 $67,621
Business Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 15, 2015 $67,621
Business Analyst North Dome Solutions Ashburn, VA Sep 08, 2015 $67,621
Business Analyst Nexus It Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2017 $67,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 09, 2017 $66,784
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 07, 2017 $66,784
Business Analyst ICSA Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 26, 2016 $66,331
Business Analyst Nedia Enterprises, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 18, 2013 $66,074
Business Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 24, 2016 $66,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 13, 2013 $66,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 13, 2014 $65,500
Business Analyst I Amazon.Com Services, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 23, 2018 $65,200
Business Analyst Vivsoft Technologies LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 08, 2014 $65,000
Business Analyst Nexus It Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2016 $65,000
Business Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2010 $65,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 28, 2012 $65,000
Business Systems Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 19, 2014 $65,000
Business Analyst Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $65,000
Business Analyst Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA Feb 25, 2013 $65,000
Business Systems Analyst Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA Oct 03, 2012 $65,000
Business Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 05, 2016 $65,000
Business Analyst Nexus It Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2016 $65,000
Business Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting Corporation Ashburn, VA Jul 21, 2016 $65,000
Business Analyst North Dome Solutions Ashburn, VA Sep 08, 2015 $65,000

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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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