Business analyst

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Business analysts work with organisations to help them change and improve.

Salary Range: £30,000 to £70,000

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How to become a business analyst

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
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University

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:

  • business information systems
  • business management
  • computing and systems development
  • computer science

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Apprenticeship

You could start by completing a business analyst higher apprenticeship, or a degree apprenticeship in project management, software engineering or cyber security.

Entry requirements

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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Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs if you’ve got several years’ experience in project management, consulting or IT.

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Career tips

A working knowledge of project development methods like Waterfall or Agile can help you get into this career.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a business analyst from:

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • business management skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • speaking to managers to find out what they want to achieve
  • carrying out fact finding tasks into business processes to see what they do and how they do it
  • analysing findings and using data modelling methods to help recommend changes and improvements
  • explaining the benefits of your recommendations and looking at the potential impact and risks
  • agreeing the best way to put recommended changes into place with management
  • overseeing testing and quality checks of recommendations
  • supporting staff making changes and reporting any issues

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client’s business.

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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.