A Business Analyst carries out a complete audit of a company to establish how it can be improved to make it more efficient, finds solutions to issues using intensive research and analysis. This may mean designing new systems or revamping existing ones. Training staff on how to use the new systems implemented.
You can get into this job through:
You could start by completing a business analyst higher apprenticeship, or a degree apprenticeship in project management, software engineering or cyber security.
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
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You can do a degree qualification in:
- business information systems
- business management
- computing and systems development
- computer science
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree.
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A working knowledge of project development methods like Waterfall or Agile can help you get into this career.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could move into project management, consulting, or work in different industries.
You could set up your own company and work freelance.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Business project manager
- Business adviser
- Management consultant
- Systems analyst
- Social media manager
- You will need a high level of business acumen
- The ability to understand customer needs and implement systems to meet the needs
- Good maths and numerical skills
- Logical thinking and objective
- Excellent communication skills to be able to explain complex systems in basic terms
- The ability to work well under pressure and to deadlines
- Able to work well as part of a team
£30,000 to £70,000