What to do to become a business analyst?

I am a student. I want to know what I have to do to become a business analyst.

Which degrees should I take and how much years it will take.

What to do to become a business analyst?

Planning a path to the career of your choice or changing careers successfully, requires careful thought and strategy.

The great thing about business analysis is the ease with which you may begin a career in it by gaining business analysis skills through training and real-world business analysis skills.

The business analysis profession is a specialized profession just like law, medicine or engineering.

It is not solely computer programming or project management; neither does it require the status that comes with an MBA.

Business analysts liaise between stakeholders to understand business problems and the requirements for a successful solution using strategic thinking and excellent communication skills.

To learn business analysis skills, you need technical skills, business skills, industry knowledge and analysis skills.

A solid understanding of software such as SQL, data analysis, reporting, UML, Visual Basic programming, Microsoft Office Automation and a few other software packages will also equip you in your new career.

The most indispensable element in your planning however, is acquiring real-world business analysis skills and experience.

This will give you an edge and help you hit the ground running when you snag that new business analyst job.

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, should focus on skill building and provide practical training modules.

Note this type of training is not the three to five day intensive program. Such intensive trainings are equivalent to cramming for an examination and real-life professional skills cannot be learnt in a hurry.

An effective training program will give you the opportunity to learn at your own pace from beginner to advanced level analysis, in a natural and productive manner

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5 Responses to "What to do to become a business analyst?"

  1. lildude211us   November 29, 2010 at 10:30 am

    your degree should be anything that is related to business (like business management or finance) It will probably take you 4 years to finish to get your bachelors and getting an MBA (really helps) will take another 2-3 years.

  2. Bill   November 29, 2010 at 10:30 am

    The above poster is correct. Your business degree should also include some IT subjects like systems analysis or the systems development life cycle (an IT specialization would be good)

    An MBA with IT specialization is of course valuable – but they can often be done in as little as a year. An IT Masters degree would be useful as well – you may like to leave the MBA until you have had significant job experience and get something like an executive MBA.


  3. Satish Ola   September 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

    i am MBA in Marketing, but i didnt get good opportunity in marketing now i make my mind for bussiness analysis. is it help full for me or what i have to do to become a good bussiness analyst. i have full knowledge of marketing.plz suggest me

  4. shahela malik   November 27, 2011 at 4:38 am

    I am an MBA , my specializations were event management and international business management . i would like to know the possibilities of joining the business analyst .

  5. Itumeleng   April 5, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I acquired my Diploma 5 years ago, I had difficulty getting the right start to kick start my IT career. I am currently working as Coordinator/admin, using softwares such as Navision and Oracle. Can somebody advice me on what to do or what to study in order to become a Business Analyst. This has been my dream ever since i graduated. Please help with what i can study that will give me competitve advantage in the market….
    Will learning ERP modules help?


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