What steps should I take to become a business analyst?

I have a degree in business administration option in information systems (just Graduated) and have minimal experience with PL/SQL, relation data base.

What is the initial path I should take and things I should learn in order to develop my Business Analyst (BA) skills
I am also interested in the salary range for this type of position

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2 Responses to "What steps should I take to become a business analyst?"

  1. zisskhan   November 30, 2010 at 2:33 am

    They are two fronts for business Analyst, First you need to know one particuallar domain or you should be good at use cases, Requirement gathering methods and good general knowledge. In typical requirement gathering scenerio you need to co-relate lot of stuff with u r understanding so that u can understand the business process. Most important thing for business analyst is Good comunication skills and pressentation skills.

    Since u already have business degree it would be easy for u enter the business analyst field but i suggest to enter in to insurance, retail or finance domain…. This are most sought after….

  2. How to Start A Business Analyst Career   July 14, 2011 at 6:42 am

    What should I do to become a business analyst?
    1. Understand the roles and responsibilities of a BA and ensure it’s something you would enjoy. The typical roles and responsibilities of a BA are:
    a. Acting as a liaison between the software development team and the business team.
    b. Writing feasibility studies, project briefs, cost analysis, testing schedules and user manuals for new business processes.
    c. Analyzing business processes to identify problems and implementing solutions that improve the business process.
    d. Communicating and presenting technical solutions for business problems to business stakeholders and owners.
    e. Documenting or explaining complex business operations to software developers.

    2. Evaluate your temperament and personal skills. The roles of a BA require diligence in tracking down experts and research; strong interviewing and listening skills; familiarity with a company’s product or service; good communication, writing and presentation skills; people skills and detailed work.

    3. Evaluate your current technical skills. You don’t need a degree in Business Analysis to become a BA, but you need the knowledge and skills. Decide what industry you would like to work in. Working in the industry you are already trained in is an advantage. A basic expertise in computer programming can launch your career in Business Analysis. To gain this, get a solid understanding of SQL, data analysis, reporting, UML, Visual Basic programming, Microsoft Office Automation and a few other software packages.

    4. Acquire the skills you don’t have. Confirm what type of learning that works best for you e.g. online learning, classroom or self-study. If you decide to earn a college degree, major in one that lays a theoretical background needed to become a BA such as Computer Science, Engineering or Business. You may also complete the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) through an accredited institution.

    5. Whilst searching for a job, get work experience through internships or work pro-bono for charities.


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