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Working As A Business Requirements Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $79,011

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Requirements Analyst Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become A Business Requirements 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 2.9 years
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Top Careers After Business Requirements Analyst
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Business Requirements Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

51.4%

Male

44.2%

Unknown

4.4%
Ethnicity

White

51.0%

Asian

17.4%

Black or African American

13.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Unknown

6.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%

Chinese

8.3%

German

8.3%

Cantonese

8.3%

Gujarati

8.3%

Hindi

8.3%

Mandarin

8.3%
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Business Requirements Analyst Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

12.0%

Strayer University

8.0%

Pennsylvania State University

6.0%

University of Phoenix

6.0%

George Washington University

6.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.0%

Eastern Michigan University

4.0%

Arizona State University

4.0%

University of Iowa

4.0%

University of South Florida

4.0%

University of Baltimore

4.0%

American University

4.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.0%

DePaul University

4.0%

University of Virginia

4.0%

James Madison University

4.0%

Madonna University

4.0%

Western Kentucky University

4.0%

Walden University

4.0%

University of Delaware

4.0%
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Majors

Business

27.5%

Computer Science

9.2%

Computer Information Systems

8.5%

Management

5.9%

Accounting

5.9%

Information Technology

5.2%

Finance

4.6%

Project Management

4.6%

Liberal Arts

3.3%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Management Science

2.6%

Political Science

2.6%

International Relations

2.6%

English

2.6%

Social Sciences

2.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%

Philosophy

2.0%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Computer Applications

2.0%
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Degrees

Masters

37.7%

Bachelors

37.7%

Other

12.7%

Certificate

4.7%

Associate

4.7%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Business Requirements Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Requirements Analyst Vega Consulting Solutions, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 30, 2016 $136,000
Directions Business Requirement Analyst NACA Logistics (USA) Inc. Carson, CA Sep 26, 2013 $99,970
Business Requirements Analyst Vega Consulting Solutions Washington, DC Mar 14, 2012 $95,000
Business/Requirement Analyst D3 Services Inc. Vienna, VA Sep 03, 2014 $90,000
Business/Requirment Analyst Interactive Process Technology, LLC Austin, TX Nov 21, 2011 $90,000
Business/Requirments Analsyt Interactive Process Technology, LLC Austin, TX Nov 28, 2011 $90,000
Directions Business Requirement Analyst NACA Logistics (USA) Inc. Carson, CA Sep 21, 2013 $84,500
Business Requirements Analyst Vega Consulting Solutions, Inc. Washington, DC Oct 04, 2011 $79,310
Business Analyst/Requirements Analyst Epathusa, Inc. West Des Moines, IA Jan 09, 2016 $75,000
Business Requirements Analyst Fast Switch Ltd Columbus, OH Aug 10, 2015 $73,045
Business/Requirements Analyst Alere Analytics, Inc. (Formerly Diagnosis One) Lowell, MA Nov 12, 2014 $67,100
Business/Requirement Analyst Unicon International, Inc. Columbus, OH Aug 22, 2014 $67,038 -
$77,917
Business Requirements Analyst Fast Switch Ltd Columbus, OH Sep 18, 2014 $66,784
Business Requirements Analyst Advance Technical Solutions Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Mar 31, 2011 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Business Requirements Analyst

  1. Business Requirements
  2. Sequence Diagrams
  3. Business Process Models
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist in facilitating Enterprise Solution selection by providing the necessary information on system functionality in relation to high level business requirements.
  • Communicated this to management, wrote functional specifications, sequence diagrams, and business class diagrams for technical team.
  • Test environments, User Acceptance Test Plans, Accessible Letters, Interface Agreements, System Impact Assessments.
  • Collaborate with software development, project lead, and/or project team members to document application visions, functionality and technical requirements.
  • Facilitated JAD sessions with management, development team, users and other stakeholders to refine functional requirements.

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