Trying to figuer out my career goal, and I know I want to have it under a business major. So I was thinking what are the things to become an business analyst? -if there is such a thing-
Do I need a college degree to become a business analyst and what should I major in?
Many business analyst job advertisements do not actually require college degrees. Recruiters for business analyst positions look for applicants with skills and technologies such as but not limited to:
1. Business acumen
2. Facilitation skills
3. Strong organizational skills
4. Problem solving abilities
5. Experience in the practical and functional use of specific software such as Qlikview, MicroStrategy, Cognos and SQL Server
6. Understanding of Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) concepts and basic querying
7. Ability to interface directly with customers and facilitate requirements gathering & design sessions
The business analyst industry is a unique one that does not require a degree to get a job, unlike other professions such as law, accounting or medicine.
The business analyst career requires hands-on experience or real-world business analysis skills such as the examples given above. Getting a four year college degree to launch a career as a business analyst is the longest and most expensive way possible. What you need to do is acquire business analysis skills and then gain hands-on experience. How do you acquire real business analyst skills? Find an effective training program that will help you learn, understand, retain and apply business analysis concepts effectively on a job. This type of training program should include a mentoring/coaching option and should focus on skill building and provide practical training modules.
Then gain work experience as possible through internships or pro bono work whilst searching for that business analyst job.
If you do go to college with the plan to become a business analyst, choose a degree that will give you a good background on which to build a business analyst career, such as information technology, business, economics, computer science, or math. Most importantly, begin to acquire hands-on experience whilst in college as this will turn out to be more valuable than your degree. Keep in mind however, that anyone with any background can become a business analyst by gaining the skills and hands-on experience.