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How To Become A Business Analyst


A business analyst is an information technology worker who improves the efficiency and productivity of business operations.

The business analyst achieves this by closely analyzing the business processes in an organization for inefficiencies.

When inefficient business processes are discovered, the business analyst makes recommendations for business process improvements.

If the recommended solution is approved, the business analyst works with computer programmers, lead software developers, software managers and other information technology workers to implement the recommended solutions.

The business analyst works in a team, acting as a liaison between the business team and the software development team.

The business analyst is the information technology worker who lives in two worlds, one being the business world and the other being the software development world.

A business analyst needs to understand software development enough to discuss the details of the business process improvement project with computer programmers assigned to the project in a technical language programmers understand.

Roles and Responsibilities of a Business Analyst

The roles and responsibilities of a business analyst include:

Acting as a liaison between the software development team and the business team.

Writing feasibility studies, project briefs, cost analysis, testing schedules and user manuals for new business processes.

Analyzing business processes to identify problems and implementing solutions that improve the business process.

Communicating and presenting technical solutions for business problems to business stakeholders and owners.

Documenting or explaining complex business operations to software developers.

Career Outlook and Prospects for Business Analysts
Like the other professions in software development, business analysts also have well-paying jobs. In 2006, business analysts in the United States earned an average of $68,579 annually, with bonuses amounting to $3,783. The total increase from the figures of 2005 is 3.1%.

Business analysts who become contract information technology workers can earn six-figure salaries.

I recommend that you read two of my previous articles on contracting if you are interested in becoming a contract business analyst. The first article is the how to become a contract business analyst. The second is Full Time Business Analysts Or Contract Contract Business Analysts.

Both articles will help you decide whether to be a full-time business analyst or a contract business analyst.

Skills and Requirements for a Business Analyst

In some organizations, the business analyst works with a team of computer programmers and does not need to master computer programming.

In other organizations, the line separating the business analyst and the computer programmer is fuzzy, therefore the business analyst must know how to code. In cases like this a beginner or entry-level mastery of computer programming is all that is needed.

Generally, a basic computer expertise in computer programming will help a business analyst perform their work better.

To gain this basic expertise in computer programming, an aspiring business analyst should have a solid understanding of SQL, data analysis, reporting, UML, Visual Basic programming, Microsoft Office Automation and a few other software packages.

Just bear in mind that this varies from organization to organization.

The ability to work in a team and to coordinate among people is also a skill that the business analyst needs to cultivate. Good writing skills and communication skills are also helpful in this career.

Comparing Computer Programmer Careers To Business Analyst Careers

1. Technology Skills: Computer programmers spend the majority of their time writing code while business analysts spend a minor amount of time writing code.

2. People Skills: Business analysts invest a lot of time interacting with business users a lot, so they need good communication and relationship skills.

Computer programmers tend to invest most of their time working on software that will be used by people. So communication and relationship skills are secondary to technical skills for software developers.

3. Entry level requirements: Business analysis positions tend to have lower entry level requirements than computer programming positions. Business analysis positions tend to pay lower than computer programming positions as well.

One of the advantages of learning computer programming is that you instantly have a lot of well-paying career options including software project management and business analysis.

The business analyst career stands out because it gently introduces you to the software development industry. It also provides you the opportunity to use more of your communication, relationship-building and data-analysis talents.

After more than a decade in software development, I'm convinced that many people don't realize they have the option of becoming a business analyst. I hope that you do decide to become a business analyst if you are not really cut out to be a computer programmer.

If you want to become a business analyst or are looking for a business analyst job, begin by reading the series titled "The Business Analyst Job Description" to get the foundation or knowledge you need to succeed in business analyst jobs or roles.

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Thats really good article. Can you tell what will be opportunity for a person who have done computer programming then after management studies go for Business Analyst. Because that person possess fair technical skills and people skills.
Business analyst is a bridge between customers and company. When they communicate with clients then they must show both their people skills for relationship building and technical skills to understand the problem. And when they discuss problems with development team they must demonstrate excellent people skills.
Because to be very frank people dont want to work and its majorly responsibility of business analyst and project manager to motivate their people to work.
If you have studied computer programming and business management, your educational background will help you become a business analyst.
However, note that learning computer programming and studying business management does not make you a business analyst.
You will learn a little bit about business analysis from both studies (let's say 5%), which means that you still have to sit down and learn business analysis from the ground up ... :-)
Good Question!
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I really enjoyed your article on becoming a business analyst (from the programmer's perspective).
What intrigued me the most was your thought that most programmers/developers do not realize that they do have a career option of becoming a business analyst.
I agree with you that for those programmers who realize they are not cut out to keep coding, business systems analysis is probably a logical career move.
Best regards,
- Adrian
A person who has done management studies with a background in computer programming has the required technical skills to become a business analyst. To succeed as a business analyst, the person will also need good communication and interpersonal skills.
Nice article. For people who want to learn more about the role I have collected a bunch of blog posts on what the role is about
One comment about pay rates - While I agree entry level people are paid less then technical specialists, I find senior BAs are paid pretty well; similar rates to project managers and architects.
I founf the article relly good.I wanted to know that if a person is appointed as a business analyst.For understanding the requirement well,one should know how to prepare the test cases.Do this,really help BA?
Learning how to document business requirements using test cases will definitely fall under the duties, roles and responsibilties of a Business Analyst (BA), so you are right in your analysis.
Hi Kingsley,
I am into investment management and would like to veer into Business Analysis.
Where do I start from? Do you have any affordable school you can recommend that is based in Toronto, Canada?
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Do we have any websites that offer some good online tutorials for BA's, If Yes could you Please pass them on
Many thanks for providing valuable information on BA. As i'm interested and looking for BA job hope this is going to help me out.
Could you please provide me online tutorials for BA entry level.
Keep me in a loop for any article/discussion from you. You can reach me here
Best Regards,
i dont have an MBA degree, but i am working in an IT MNC.What should i do to go for B.A.
#mba #jobs you can become a business analyst without getting an MBA degree, OK?
Having an MBA does not make you a business analyst nor is it required to become a business analyst..
Also the educational requirements for becoming a business analyst are very specific.
An MBA is a business degree and while a business analyst is also a business oriented career, it is not the same as an MBA.
So, you have to start by acquiring business analysis skills like requirements analysis, requirements elicitation, requirements validation, Use Cases and UML.
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i am presently working in Business intelligence unit.
i would like to became a business analyst.
i have 4 yrs exp in banking domain and pursing a M.C.A degree.
My job profile is providing the data support & data analysis to user using the SAS tools with SQL queries to extract the data.what should i do to get a Business analyst ...
Please advice on the same.
#businessintelligence #businessanalyst bridge the gap to the next business analyst job using your SAS, data analysis, SQL Queries and data support.
Start by finding opportunities to transition to your business analyst career on your current job.
Note that you still may not be able to get a BA job ... even with your current business intelligence experience except if you prepare yourself for the opportunity ...
Prepare yourself for that opportunity by getting business analyst training because when the opportunity comes, you will only be chosen if you are qualified.
And if you are not qualified, your manager may prefer to hire an external Business Analyst!
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The article was very comprehandable and accurate.

I have a hardcore 7.5 yrs of sales and marketing experience in banking and finance.
I have worked with around 4 reputed banks in credit cards and loans dept and would now want to persue my career in the IT sector as a BA.
Kindly suggest the way ahead.Could you please provide me online tutorials for BA entry level.
You can become a business analyst by leveraging your domain experience.
Since your domain experience is in the ares of banking and finance and sales and marketing, you may consider becoming a \"banking and finance business analyst\" or a \"marketing and sales business analyst\".
Why do I say that?
When you consider business analyst jobs, you would see that they tend to fall into two (2) major career paths:
1.) the domain business analyst career path
2.) the IT business analyst career path
Since you already have some domain experience, i would suggest that you start your job search with companies looking for business analysts with your kind of background before looking at other business analyst jobs
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I've a experience in banking/ finance field of around 4 years in marketing of financial products.
I am having BE ( Electronics & Telecomm ) with MBA ( Mktg ) as my qualification.
Kindly suggest how do I enter into the field of business analyst.
Looking forward for your revert.
This is how to enter the field of business analysis: begin by choosing a business analysis domain close to your background.
next, get some formal business analysis education or training.
finally do a gap analysis and use it to figure out the additional hands-on experience that you will need for transitioning to a business analysis career.
Since your current background is in the marketing of financial products, you may begin by looking at the financial business analyst career path.
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I would be eager to know about the responsibilities of a Business Analyst and the various tools and terminologies that would be needed for a smooth operation of the overall business.
Since I have only had an experience working on the java and J2EE platforms, I would be glad if you could guide me about the basics of the Business Analyst position and help me with the same.
Thanking You
Hariharan Mohan
#businessanalyst : BAs are responsible for eliciting, analyzing, validating and managing the requirements in a business.
Some of the tools or techniques use by business analysts will include Use Cases and UML Diagrams and of course any tool that will assist with the documentaion or generation of these models.
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I am a, Graduate , working as an operation executive but i want to become an analyst what should i do and what are the procedures to become an analyst.
#analyst #jobs The word Analyst may be too ambiguous as it refers to a systems analysts or a business analyst or a marketing analyst or even a data analyst.
So, you have to be more specific in your question.
Yo can start with the following questions:
1. Why do you want to become an analyst?
2. What type of analyst do you want to be?
3. What don't you like about your current career?
Note: An analyst typically gathers, analyzes and validates requirements.
The wr
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I am a B Com Graduate with about 7 years of experience in BPO sector and with absolutely no IT knowledge.
I wish to get into IT sector and subsequently progress to being a BA.
Can anyone please let me know, what is it that I should do or study to get into IT sector, considering the competition that I have to face?
And what is it that I should concentrate on to eventually becoming a BA?
Thanks a lot for the help.
Study Resources for Becoming a Business Analyst can be found at Business Analyst Training Newsletter here: Learn Business Analysis Newsletter
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I work as a Technical Analyst in a Financial Institution. The nature of my job is providing technical support to the bankers. I have been only in this field (Tech Support) and have an experience of about 5 yr including 2.5yr in the current.
To be honest i am desperately looking for a career change as i feel stagnant and do not see any advancement in my current employment. I know i have more potential in me which i cant deploy in my current position.
I have been wondering about the options of change in career or advance for a better living, with the skill i posses (Commerce gard and a diploma holder in IT with 5 yrs exp in Technical Support)
Upon research, BA seems really interesting to me. I love to to mingle with people. I believe i have good people school.
I kind of feel lost .
So how cud i start moving to BA from my current job. What course shud i be taking. Rather what how shud i make a move..?
Kindly request you to help me out in this?
#techsupport #helpdesk #ba Tech support jobs do not have to be a dead-ends. Use them as launching pads.\n\nStart working on bridging the gap between your current tech support role and your dream business analyst job.\n\nTo bridge that gap successfully, you need to learn or understand what business analysts do and then seek opportunities to practice business analysis.\n\nThe learning part is more straight forward. you can get information on how to learn business analysis here.\n\nThe practice part is more involved. Perhaps the best way to understand it is ... on the job training.\n\nFor example, look for opportunities to document what your team is working on the same way a business analyst would. \n\nLook for opportunities to lead meetings or facilitate interviews or give presentations.\n\nBuild relationships with your project managers, IT managers or Team Members and offer to help them with your recently learned BA skills. You will be surprised at the reception you will get as many IT teams are short staffed and will welcome any skilled or talented help they can get
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Thats a nice article! I am working with one of the software company as a Software QA engineer.
Currently my profile deals with communicating with BA guys along with developers and tech. support.
From last few months I am trying to search regarding BA Career path and wanted to know if its really possible to become BA without having much fair knowledge in Programming.
I'm an Industrial Engineering and Management graduate(B.E) and i got recruited into a major IT services firm and have been given the role of a software tester for which the training is being imparted now.
I read your views on BA and i felt that I could do justice to the role.
Could you please guide me in that regard by telling me the skills i need to acquire and way i need to go about in reaching it.
I've a time frame of about a year, after which I'd like to see myself as a BA.
Thank you for the guidance in advance.
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I read the article and its really nice, i come to know much more about BA.
I found this career very interesting... i always wanted to do something in business field, i have done my bachelors in business administration and my major was finance...i always wanted to work in a corporate world but never got an opportunity...
i m working in an insurance agency right now but i m not satisfy with my job because I don't think this is what i wanted to be in future ....
i have 5 yrs working experience in USA. i want to see my self as a Business Analyst working in a corporate... doing a team work.... BA always sound interesting to me....
Do i have to do MBA in order to become a BA or i can become BA with the degree i have right now?
If I can become a BA with my bachelor degree then can u please suggest me what should i do further... in order to work as a Business Analyst and also if you can suggest me some good company where i can apply for.
I would be highly obliged if you can help me out... and thanks for posting this article.
Thank you,
Sabina: Do You Need An MBA To Become A Business Analyst?
The answer is absolutely NO!
Your bachelors degree in business administration and major in finance is good for becoming a business analyst, so you don't need additional educational qualifications.
One of the biggest challenge facing professionals working in the USA is that a majority of them are working just to pay their bills. They actually hate their jobs but they can't switch to jobs that they are passionate about because of one reason or another.
One of the reasons why people can't switch to a job that they are passionate about is that they simply don't know what they love to do.
However, I would say that you are lucky because you identified the career that you love early enough in your life and you took the steps to prepare for your dream career by getting the right educational qualifications ... so good job!
I would be glad to help you. Here are the steps you may take to become a business analyst:
#1: Learn business analysis. You may study business analysis on your own or enroll in a business analyst training program.
#2: Get handson business analysis experience. The best place to start getting business analysis experience is with your current employer. Start small by taking baby steps. Look for opportunties to put your newly acquired business analysis experience to use.
#3: Transition to a full-time business analyst job. When you have built enough business analysis experience, go for a full-time business analyst job.
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Hi all,
I'm working in a regional management role in Retail Operations with total exp now of over 6 yrs. I'm from NON IT background (MBA in markeitng). Have been doing lot of data crunching in retail operations using excel. I think this field of data analytics fascinates my and i'm considering making a career switch at this juncture.
Also i hear that analytics has a good future. Now still confused i'm looking answers to below questions:
1. would it be a right move?
2. would my NON IT backgroud be a hinderance ?
3. are there any skills/certifications which i can do. i've recently taken a training for SAS base and advance.. what are the other such skills which i need to acquire?
4. most importantly.. what about earning potential? i'm presently earning about Rs. 6.5 lacs.
at what level (position) would i start. what would be the salary. i feel that having my experience in retail operations i can move into retail analytics domain... your comments..
I'm desparately seeking answers to these queries. I 'm very hopeful that i would get all of them answered at this forum....
thank you in advance
What you are talking about is: How To Become A Data Analyst .
That is fundamentally different from how to become a business analyst. But, here are the answers to your questions:
1. You love data analytics and you have a lot of experience in retail, crunching numbers with excel. You have one of the best reasons for changing careers:
a.) you already have handson experience in the industry you want to switch to
b.) You are fascinated by the industry that you are switching to.
In my opinion, you are ready for a career switch to data analysis and yes, you should make that change!
2. Your NON IT background is not a hindrance. But your skills may be a hindrance if you don't have all the skills required for the new job. I would advice you to master relational databases and especially data analysis using relational databases and/or SQL
3. You may take SAS training and you may get SAS certification. The most important thing is that you learn the fundamentals of data analysis using a tool .. any tool!
4. The earning potential is as good as $70K+ (USD) for data analyst jobs. Your exact compensation will depend on your negotiation skills.
5. I would suggest that you start at the Retail Analytics domain because you already have domain knowledge and experience and in my opinion, domain knowledge or experience is one of the biggest reasons why you will get hired.
I hope that my answers have been helpful. Good luck with your career transition.
For some information on how to become a data analyst, please click here
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I'm an IT Graduate and have around 5 Years of Teaching Experience.
I'm also pursuing a Masters in Information Management.
What are the steps needed and how can I Switch over to BA role?
How positively can my Teaching experience & Management learning will help me out in it?
Converting teaching experience and management learning to a business analysis job depends on how much business analysis you have been able to do on the job for your current employer.
For example, every school or school district has an Information Technology (IT) department. You can work with your IT department to computerize their systems by documenting their requirements, helping them ensure that they have their vision and scope properly defined as this prevents cost overruns and then helping them translate the requirements of their projects to their developers.
If set your heart on serving others by doing the best that you can do with your skills and knowledge, you will get the handson experience that you want and the ability to transition into a full-time business analyst !
So, go become a leader and you will get the job that you want ... read this post here ... read this post titled: Become A Leader And Get The Job That You want
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I have an MBA in HR with 2 years experience in recruitment in India.
I married and moved to London and I have not worked for more than a year. As I don't have local UK experience, so I am finding it difficult to get a job.
However the Business Analyst role always fascinates me but I don't know how to put forward my 1st step?
I am ready to work for free for a few months to get into a BA role ... Please guide me
Stop for a moment and think about the real reason why you can't get a job ... lack of local UK experience!
You have to address this issue squarely just like you addressed the issue of not being educated enough by getting an MBA degree!
The real problem that you have to solve is ... how to get local UK experience in HR or Business Analysis or Anything at all.
If you haven't solved this problem as in the HR field, will changing careers to business analysis for example, make it easier or harder for you?
Do you think that you will need be required to have handson experience in business analysis before you can get a job?
On the other hand, saying that you are ready to work for free is not enough. You actually have to contact people and tell them what you can or will do for them and then tell them that you will do it for free ... have you done that?
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Can a BA in IT industry survives in the Mining industry?
Yes, a BA in the IT Industry can survive in the Mining Industry if the BA is ready to put his/her head down and learn how the Mining Industry works.
You must be so focused and so obsessed about learning how the Mining Industry works that in a short time, you become as knowledgeable about the Mining Industry as others who have two or more years of mining experience.
In other words, don't depend on your IT Business Analysis skills alone, tackle this as seriously as you will tackle a PHD. or an MBA Program.
Your goal should not be to survive the Mining Industry but to excel as a Business Analyst (BA) in MIning ...
Best Wishes
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Do you think a BA in economics is a good starting point for pursuing a career in business analysis?
Any college degree is a good starting point for a career in business analysis because ultimately your college degree does not matter as business analysis is not learnt in school!
So, if you like Economics, Maths, Statistics, Finance or topics like that, then go for a BA in Economics.
On the other hand, if you want to become a Domain Business Analyst who specializes in Finance, (Financial or Banking Business Analyst), a BA in Economics will be a very good starting point!
Good Luck with you career :-)
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I am really happy to see the response from the career coach.... Good Work!!!!
I am a B.E graduate working in a software concern for about 1 year in application side.I want to move from technical to business side i.e BA.
So please guide me how to mold myself and how to find the opportunities to change my field.
Everything you have heard about the saying: \"Knowledge is Power\" is true especially in today's information age.
The leverage that you have is your knowledge, skills and experience in business analysis.
So, do everything you can to learn more about business analysis, take lots of practice tests and get a lot of handson business analysis experience
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i have 5yrs experiance in banking and insurance.i am a bsc gradute.i am currently working in insurance industry as a manager.i want become a business analyst what should i do
Knowledge + Skills + Experience = \"A Business Analyst Career\"
1. Download the relevant curriculum for learning business analysis
2. Study to become a business analyst. Advance your knowledge into skills by taking lots of practice tests.
3. Get lots of hands-on business analysis experience
You may download a business analyst curriculum from here ...
Everything else you do to become a business analysts is not going to be as important as these first three (3) items.
4. Get your resume into tip top shape and send it to lots of recruiters
5. Start taking lots of interviews
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I am in ERP pre sales where i gather the requirements from the clients, show them software demo, submit proposal and cost estimates etc.
My questions are:
1. Is business analyst a better (high paying) position than pre sales consulting?
2. What will be the career move ?
3. I actually want to move into IT Management (like VP). What profession will help me? I am MBA with 4 years of exp in pre sales and sales of IT services and products.
Hey, these are good questions and I will answer them for you below.
Is business analysis a better paying position than pre-sales consulting?
It depends on the company that you work for and the average pay for business analysts compared to the average pay for pre-sales consultants.
It depends on the type of pre-sales job you are doing as well. Here in the US, the average pay for business analysts is about: $84K while the average pay for pre-sales ranges from $20K for retail sales to $124K for pre-sales engineers to as much as $288K if you are running your own business.
Having an MBA will help you move into management. However, becoming a manager and potentially a Vice President (VP) requires a little bit more planning.
Managers are hired for their understanding of how to run specific types of businesses in specific industries.
So, start by choosing an industry that you are passionate or at least comfortable with ... because you will be spending a good many years of your life in that industry.
Next, work hard and learn the company's business and then focus on bringing a lot of value to the company by doing a number of things:
1. help with bringing in more money
2. help with managing Information Technology / Software Development projects
3. Help with improving some aspects of the business (marketing, finance, etc)
Also, learn how to become a leader and become a bit more noticeable by developing a reputation for getting things done.
Get involved with making presentations and taking a more pro-active role with solving the problems facing your company's business
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I'm an MBA graduate with IT background but i'm interested in BA as it involves both system and people interaction. So please advise me on how should I go from here.
Many thanks in advance,
Yes, you are right in the sense that business analysis involves both systems and people ... that is a good way to summarize what business analysis is.
Congratulations on your MBA in Information Technology (IT), your background will help you relate with both business and systems people.
However, you have to do something a bit more specific to become a business analyst ...
You have to get a hold of a curriculum developed for business analysts and learn the topics in that business analyst curriculum.
You may download a business analyst curriculum from here ...
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Hi all,
I m doing a busines management course.. Its hardly a last semester left.
I had also learned about SQL, visual basic but i m not perfectly good in coding.
But i know how to resolve a busines problem,
i m having a knowlege of data analyst.
i kow how to make a stratagies, plans to get solve the busines problem.
Can u tel me that can i become a 'BA'? Since i m not good in coding but perfect in solving busines problem.
Your educational background in data analysis, business management, sql, visual basic will help start you on your way to becoming a business analyst.
However, you have to get a hold of a curriculum developed for business analysts and learn the topics in that business analyst curriculum.
You can download a business analyst curriculum from here ...
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I have been working as Cluster Manager Shared Services in an Life Insurance Company, i have total 9+ years of experience into financial services.
I want to switch to BA that too in IT industry but with my current domain experience, because i have been dreaming to work in IT MNC and if i could get opportunity to work even for On Site that sounds great for me and i will be in the sky.
So, how could i fit into BA role and more over is it recession proof or tampered, what will be future for BA and career path.
Thanks for your time.
I don't know about the business analyst career being recession proof ... is there any evidence to suggest that?
Saying that a career is recession proof, is a very strong assertion. The career that is the most recession proof is: \"The Software Developer Career\", specifically the Microsoft .NET Developer Track
But do you really want to drop business analysis and start learning Microsoft .NET Development simply because it is more recession proof than business analysis?
Notice that I use words like \"more recession proof\" ...
Ultimately no career is recession proof. As a matter of fact, here in the United States, more recession proof careers are found in the medical industry ... Medical Doctors are always in demand.
But here is my note of caution to you: comparing the \"recession proneness\" of one career to another is largely a historical analysis.
As in, I can say that based on the employment trends of the last five (5) years, Microsoft .NET Software Developer Careers are more recession proof than business analysis careers.
But this is just a historical analysis ... there is nothing that says that five (5) years from now, the business analyst career will not be more recession proof than the software developer career.
So, perhaps, your criteria for analyzing the suitability of the business analyst career is too narrow.
To determine, if the business analysis career is the right one for you, consider additional criteria such as:
1. Salary, Wages / Compensation
2. Demand: Locally, Regionally / Internationally
3. Portability of skills
4. Learning curve
5. Technical skills requirement
6. Soft skills requirement
7. Working environment
8. Educational requirements
9. Job experience requirements
10. Passion / Drive / Motivation / Vision
11. Current background
These are just some of the equally valid criteria for analyzing the suitability of the business analyst career.
I would be happy to discuss any / some of these criteria with you
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I just answered your question
Hello i am presently working as a software tester.
I have an IT background as i have done BCA and then MSc(Computer Applications).
I am interested in making a transition to the Business analyst profile in the financial domain as i know I have the required skill-sets for the same like communication skills, documentation skills etc.
Can you please guide me on how to proceed for the same?
Are there any certifications in BA field for the finance domain which will help me if i undertake it?
Looking forward to your revert
Best Regards
Hi,\n\nI'm an MBA graduate and completed my B.Com also. I've got a year of experience in Recruitment.. \n\nI'm thinking of changing my career in to BA functional role. \n\nI've no idea how to start in to BA domain. Please guide me with necessary inputs. \n\nI don't have any knowledge into software testing or programming skills.
I have a delimma. I have a tuition waiver (veteran-hazelwood act) to go to any public community college or university in Texas tuition free but I cannot find considerable work after receiving my Bachelor's degree from University of Phoenix.
Since I am stuck doing contract lower-level accounting jobs for $15 an hour or armed over-night security for $10 I do not even have extra money for books and the fees that are left when I begin classes even though everything else is paid for.
I have been accepted for an MBA program to a local non-profit christian university that will allow me to take one class at a time vs the 2 or 3 at a time I would have to take at the traditional university not really allowing me to work much if at all.
The christian university will allow me to continue working full at time menial jobs and also be available for any further future opportunities as I continue my MBA. The traditional university has an AACSB accredidation and the christian one doesn't.
I need advise on what option to take.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Does anyone think me getting a CPA/Masters in Finance to become a Business Analyst a good idea?
Analyst and research seem to be jobs suitable for an introvert.
I prefer to not have consistent interaction with people but can communicate well regularly.
I think this combination of Business/Accounting/Finance and I.T. touch on all the careers I have soon that are good for introverts.
Does anyone agree?
Will a CPA / Masters in Finance help you become a business analyst? Probably Not!
Having a CPA or a Masters in Finance will help you become a Financial Analyst but it will probably not help you become a business analyst except if you want to limit yourself to the financial domain.
You are mixing up the classical definition of business analysis which several years ago meant lots of financial analysis with the current / more modern definition of a business analysis.
Financial Analysts are not Business Analysts in the current / modern context because financial analysts limit themselves to financial / accounting topics while business analysts cater to a wider set of business processes / domains.
Click here to Download and review the curriculum development plan for business analysts and then compare that to the knowledge requirement for CPAs
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I have just started my career as Test engineer and I have completed my MBA also. I want to proceed towards a Business Analyst role.
Will my experience in testing roles help me achieve my dream?
Your experience as a Software Test engineer counts towards the experience required to become a business analyst.
Whether your experience is in automated testing or manual testing, user acceptance testing or test verification, creating test plans or test cases, you can transfer that to a new business analyst role.
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Hi, I am about to complete my MCA. I would like to start my career as a BA. Can you please tell me if there is any specialised course I need to go for? What other skills/qualities I need to possess? Please let me know.
I am a Team Leader with the Inside Sales process / Business Development for an IT company.
I am more involved in generating new business for the Organization and working with the sales people closely for the European market.
I want to look out for a Business Analyst role.
Could you suggest me how to take it forward.
Thanks & Regards,
Why Knowledge Matters
As a Team Leader in an Information Technology (IT) Firm you are positioned to gain / develop the experience required for a business analyst role.
That is because, as a Team Leader, you have the opportunity to interface with other departments or influence the type of work you perform and especially how that work gets done.
However, you will not be able to take full advantage of the opportunity presented to you in your Lead position except if you first take the time to master the principles of business analysis.
So, getting business analysis knowledge comes first. With that in mind, make it your goal to learn everything that you can about business analysis from blogs, textbooks, online discussion forums, coaching and training.
Getting the requisite knowledge will give you the ability to contribute to business analysis discussions whenever you are in a meeting with management, other supervisors or other team leads and pretty soon, you will be known as one of the \"Go To Guys / Girls\" ...
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I am a software tester
. Do i need to do a MBA coarse to become a BA or my exp in the testing field will help me to become a BA
No, An MBA Is Not Required For Business Analysts, read this post titled: \"Is An MBA Required For Business Analysts\", for an explanation.
Yes, your Experience as a Software Tester can help you become a Business Analyst, read this post titled: \"Starting Your Business Analyst Career As A Software Tester\"
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Hi,\n\nI discovered this website while I was searching for some online information on business analyst portfolios and found it very helpful as i read emails related to \"how to start a career in Business Analysis\". \n\nI am an MS graduate in sales and marketing with more than 11 years of work experience in different fields (4.5 years in an export house and 6.5 years in a bank (BPO)) and I have the same question as others on how to get into this BA field.\n\nThanks in advance.
I'm looking to becoming a BA. I have 16 years experience in IT, the last 10 years as a MIS reporting Analyst.
BA seems to be a natural step forward.
I dont mind spending quality time and money on course(s). I need to get some actual experience working on a project as a BA.
I dont even mind doing it for free. However, I'm finding it tough to find companies willing to hire me on that basis.
Any pointers/tips as to what to do?
I hear from people who think that they are making the right effort towards becoming a business analysts or achieving some other worthwhile career goal.
But what I have found out is that what seems to one like a serious investment of time or money towards becoming a business analyst may not seem like that to me when compared to someone else's investment of time / money.
Can you help me understand / evaluate your efforts towards becoming a business analyst by answering a few questions:

  1. How much quality time have you invested towards \"Becoming a Business Analyst (BA)\"?

  2. Which courses did you invest in, how much time did you spend working through these courses and how much money did you invest in each them?

  3. How many companies did you approach for BA Work / Experience and what did you offer each of them or what exactly did you propose to them?

I will be looking out for your detailed reply ...
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Is There Any Certification for Business Analysts?

Hello Sir,
I have been working in the IT industry for 7 years(in Banking & healthcare domains) on technologies like .net, SQL, Biztalk, xml, Enterprise Architecture Tool.
Now I am planning to move my career to Business Analysis.
I would really appreciate it if you can provide me some information about how to become a Business Analyst.
Is there any certification for business analysis?
Many Thanks
Becoming a business analyst is about understanding the roles and responsibilities of a business analyst and then performing them and then documenting all that on your resume.
In terms of certifications you may look into the IIBA's CCBA / CBAP or the ISEB in the UK
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What Is The Soft Route To Becoming a Business Analyst?

When I graduated college with a bachelor's in pre-law I instinctively knew that law school was not for me.
So I took the first entry level job that offered tuition reimbursement. I figured I'd work full-time and earn a generic MBA, until I figured out what I really wanted to commit to.
That entry level job turned into 5 yrs at a Fortune 500 supply chain. I started out as a buyer and gathered all sorts of experience.
I participated in projects ranging from market research, cost analysis, price control, auditing/compliance, best practice implementation, inventory management, and even got to beta-test the purchasing and inventory modules during a major ERP transition.
It basically gave me a chance to work alongside nearly every operational dept (marketing, R&D, corporate finance, exec mgmt, IT both devs and dba's, logistics, AP, sales, cs, etc.)
Having completed the mba with a 3.8 gpa, I think I'm well suited to finally commit to a career as a business analyst.
My biggest obstacle is that I have absolutely no experience or knowledge with computer programming and coding.
Nearly every online guide I read about becoming a business analysts seem to stem from an IT professional with a hard background in developing, expanding into the role of a BA.
What is the best course of action for someone in my position?
I do have the luxury of going back to school if needed but was wondering if I should just dabble into online certificate courses for computer programming.
Are there any subjects or programs in particular you would recommend?
Any help would be greatly appreciate.
Thanks in advance!

  1. What Is The Fastest Route To Becoming A Business Analyst?

    you do not need to go back to college for any kind of additional degree because that will not make you a business analyst.

    You also do not need to get any kind of certification because getting a paper certificate will not make you a business analyst.

  2. Learn Business Analysis Organically

    You also do not need to worry about lack of previous IT background as that is not your immediate concern.

    What you need to do is \"understand what a business analyst does first\" and then next \"learn business analysis organically\".

    Worrying about your lack of Information Technology (IT) experience is a waste of time.

    Remember that everyone has to start somewhere and you will get your IT experience in time just like those who currently have it.

  3. How Should You Approach Becoming A Business Analyst?

    First of all, take a good hard look at the roles and responsibilities of a business analyst and then rewrite your resume so that it highlights the relevant experience in your resume that matches that of a business analyst.

    Next, just learn business analyst. Grab a business analyst curriculum and either self-study business analysis or enroll for training. Either way, just learn it.

    Finally as you learn business analysis, find opportunities to put your learning / skills into practice so that you get experience as time goes. Finally, update your resume to highlight the new, additional experience and start interviewing for business analyst jobs!

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How Do I Become An Implementation Business Analyst?

I am a Business Analyst working in the HR domain. In my current role, I gather requirements to implement HR systems.
I prefer to go the Implementation Functional consultant path than traditional Business Analyst career path.
How do I go about pursuing this?
As an Implementation Business Analyst, you will take an enterprise system like SalesForce or SAP and implement it in a system.
Your first step will be to research the industry you are interested in and then pick a Software that you will specialize in.
Then get lots of hands-on experience in all aspects of that software especially in areas like planning, configuration management, installation.
Now, the question for you is: \"what enterprise software system\" are you interested in specializing in and why?
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I\"m looking for a position either as a Business Analyst, Implementation Consultant or possibly account executive for an ecommerce platform provider or technology provider providing services to enhance or facilitate ecommerce, such as an integrator/middleware provider.
The best of my experience is with B2B but will consider B2C for a company willing to overlook my limited experience in SEO and social media.
I feel like I'm spinning my wheels in my search and am looking for a more efficient strategy to get interviews and land a position.
Some significant challenges I'm looking to position in the right light are a few recent job hops and the fact that I am now unemployed.
The most significant tenure I have on my resume is with ACDelco from 2004 - 2009 where I deployed ecommerce for their distributors in North Central region. When General Motors conducted large scale layoffs in 2009, including my team, I did a lot of moving around to survive and keep my skills fresh.
An unfortunate gamble I took and lost was in 2011, where I left a position as eCommerce Marketing Manager for ACDelco's largest distributor to accept a role as Business Intelligence Manager for an auto parts buying group that recruited me.
After accepting this position, it was eliminated within 8 months because the data I was to work with was not reliable.
Data cleansing and normalization at this company was overseen by the Director of Supply Chain and out of my control.
After the Manager of BI position was eliminated, I quickly accepted a sales job with Time Warner Cable Business Class, selling their voice, data and cloud services.
Although this was a huge departure from what I did before, this job was offered to me through a friend, and I accepted it because my mom needed open heart surgery and I had neither the time, nor the mental energy to conduct a full blown job search for a role in B2B ecommerce when I needed to travel back and forth from TX to NW Indiana to visit her in the hospital and arrange for her rehabilitation.
I finally left this role, because quite honestly it was a bad fit and I wasn't making quota, so I left before I was told to leave.
In spite of what appears to be some messy job hopping on my resume since 2009, the experience I gained since I left ACDelco was enormously valuable and I know I can make a great contribution to the right organization.
I don't want to keep accepting positions to survive and want a role where I can stay as long as possible. I just need to get in front of the right hiring manager who will have empathy for my history.
I'll attach my resume. Any direction you can point me in will be appreciated.
i am a diploma holder in logistics and mba in retail management (by correspondence ).
How do I look for a job as a BA
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