I would like to seek some advice on what skills / qualifications (programming/database knowledge etc) should I have to be able to apply and get hired as an IT Business Analyst.
Take note that I already graduated college with a BS in Computer Science degree.
Please be specific in giving me advice,
Thank you in advance
What are the Qualifications for Becoming an IT Business Analyst
Information Technology (IT) Business Analysts play an important role by being responsible for their organizations technological development and direction i.e. they improve production, cost-effectiveness and workflow through their companyâ€™s business information and technical systems.
IT business analysts can work in different functions and company departments such as finance, information systems, product development and operations.
IT Business Analysts may hold job titles such as business systems Analyst, Computer Systems Analyst or Information Systems Analyst.
The easiest way to get hired for an IT business analyst job is your hands-on business analysis experience or real-world skills, not your educational credentials.
Gain hands-on experience by:
1. Taking a training program that is specifically designed to help you get hands-on business analysis experience.
2. Volunteering in the Systems or IT department of non-profit organizations and afterwards ask for a reference.
3. Through internships.
4. Offer your independent IT Business Analysis services to small businesses for a lesser fee than market value.
You do not need a specific educational background to become a business analyst. You basically can learn what business analysts do, get some hands-on experience and re-write your resume profile with that information.
There are however, employers who unwisely limit their talent search to applicants with â€˜credentialsâ€™.
This is unwise because certifications do not always represent the applicantâ€™s true skill, experience and expertise.
If you decide to earn a credential such as a college degree, seek a Bachelor of
Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Business Systems Analysis.
But remember that IT Managers are looking for hands-on skills, experience and expertise in specific knowledge areas.