Business Analyst

Average Salary: £35,000 - £40,000
Competition: LOW
Years Experience: 2-5 years

Job Summary

Technology has brought the world an ocean of opportunity to improve the ways of life and business. For business especially, it’s important to keep up with the modern times. The individual who is responsible for doing this is the Business Analyst. They analyse and evaluate business processes and implement improvements for businesses, through the use of IT resources.

Duties

The aim for a Business Analyst is to make a business more efficient and therefore more competitive through processes and activities. This meaning that they can be deployed in more areas than IT, such as Finance. Within IT, a Business Analyst could be doing the following on a day-to-day basis:

  • Liaising with senior management to develop strategies in order to achieve business goals
  • Analysing business activities and identifying areas of improvements
  • Presenting ideas to senior management in regards to possible solutions
  • Organising design sessions to test suggested solutions
  • Implementing and testing the solution on systems
  • Producing user manuals and training staff how to use new systems

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Business Analyst should:

  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Be able to problem solve whilst using creativity
  • Have an analytical and logical approach
  • Possess strong organisational and planning skills
  • Have a proactive and determined presence

Entry Routes

To become a Business Analyst, it will give you a great advantage if you complete a degree in an IT related subject. This can be in subjects such as Software Development, Computer Sciences or Computing and Systems Development for instance. Even completing a degree in a relevant business subject could be also beneficial. Obtaining a Masters degree may put you straight into a Business Analyst role.

Building up a portfolio of relevant experience is vital. Other than going into this career path as a Junior Business Analyst, often people start as developers that are comfortable using IT systems.

Job Progression

Junior Business Analyst

Business Analyst

Project Manager

Senior Project Manager

Information Technology Director

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Variety – No project is ever the same
  • Ever-learning – Implementing new solutions means you are always picking up new skills
  • Networking – You get to meet a lot of new people in areas of the business you thought you would never come across

The Bad

  • Difficult People – Working alongside a variety of different people means you can encounter difficult personalities
  • Budget Constraints – Budget constraints can at times write-off the best solution
  • Stressful – Implementing something new always brings uncertainty and this can be stressful to meet strict deadlines