These Are The 10 Best States For Business Analysts
Business Analysts are one of the best jobs in America for recent college graduates. Additionally, a significant number of people out of college work as business analysts in every state in the union -- it's not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since Business Analysts are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where business analysts have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around, and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for business analysts. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America's Business Analysts:
So there you have it -- Virginia is the best of the best when it comes to being a business analysts.
How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for business analysts and for more on the top ten states.
How we determined the best states to be a business analyst
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
- Availability of jobs
So in order to find out the best states for business analysts in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well business analysts get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics's Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
- Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
- Average annual salary.
- Average annual salary for entry level work.
- Average annual salary for experienced professionals.
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state's cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for business analysts in California is $96,550 and the average salary in Oregon is $83,780, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life's essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for business analysts in America.
So without further ado, let's get into just what made each state so great for business analysts.
7. North Carolina
There You Have ItIf you're looking to start out your career as a business analyst these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You'll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement. If you're curious, here are the worst states to be a business analyst in America:
- North Dakota
Detailed List Of The Best States For Business Analysts