The short, cut and dried answer is that both the systems analyst and the business analyst work on gathering, documenting, validating, managing requirements but the Business Analyst is more likely to do this with the objective of meeting business requirements while the Systems Analyst will is focused on analyzing, documenting or managing how the Information Technology (IT) software / hardware systems will be designed to meet functional / system requirements.
In a real-world project, the business analyst is more likely to be in charge of documenting the Business Use Case while the systems analyst will be responsible for documenting the Systems Use Case.
As a career coach one of the challenges that many of my clients face is that of learning the most marketable skills in the current job market.
An example is a client that I will call John who has been looking for a while even though he has an advanced management degree (MBA).
He wonders why he’s constantly getting turned down for business analyst jobs even though he is certain of this: most of those getting hired are less educated than him!
I am dedicating this article to answering a question posted by an independent contract business analyst. If you have a question or challenge about your business analyst career, post it as comment at the end of this article and I will answer it for you:
Here is the question posed by the independent contract or consulting business analyst:
… I got hired by a consulting firm. I was under the impression that I was with a company with a team-oriented environment. By this I mean that I thought I would be working with project teams etc.
On of my readers needs help with finding a business analyst job, so I am posting the information I provided to him in this article.
If you have any questions about this or about your business analyst career, post it as comment at the end of this post and I would also answer or address it for you.
Here is the business analyst career question posted by my reader:
Hi – my greatest challenge is the fact that I’ve never held an IT Business Analyst position.