Your Next Move: Business Analyst

by Pranita Sarangabany | Aug 17, 2018

Your Next Move: Get the Inside Scoop on IT Job RolesThis article is part of an IT Career News series called Your Next Move. These articles take an inside look at the IT careers related to CompTIA certifications. Each article will include the responsibilities, qualifications, related job titles and salary range for the role. As you consider the next move in your IT career, check back with CompTIA to learn more about your job prospects and how to get there.

The most technically advanced system is useless without capable users. And even with them, technology is not always used to its full potential. Businesses are constantly looking for ways to improve how they leverage technology. Luckily, business analysts help companies align IT resources with business goals. If you crave big-picture problem solving, consider a career as a business analyst.  

What Is a Business Analyst?

Business analysts observe companies and look for improvement opportunities. A business analyst conducts interviews, observes meetings and analyzes data. After gathering information, a business analyst will present their proposed solution.

Business analysts help companies identify problems, discuss solutions and implement change. Business analysts might work on some of the following types of projects:

  • Analyzing a business process and making sure company technology is suited for the task
  • Understanding stakeholder goals and implementing progress tracking methods
  • Interpreting data analytics to inform business decisions

How to Become a Business Analyst

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Most business analyst positions require a bachelor’s degree, but there are very few college or university programs tailored to business consulting.

Business analysts need to understand technology before they can guide companies. Therefore, business analysts must have a solid IT foundation and a technical vocabulary to be successful. Preparing for and getting IT certifications like CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ can build your technical knowledge.

Because formal business analyst training is rare, certifications in areas like project management can also help business analysts stand out. CompTIA Project+ empowers business analysts with the skills to navigate the project lifecycle, communication and resource allocation. With CompTIA Project+, business analysts prove to employers that they have the skills to plan, execute and document their business solutions.

The Details

Business Analyst Salary Range

The median salary for a business analyst is $82,450 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Business Analyst Job Outlook

Business analyst employment is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, with more than 115,000 new job openings (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Skills Needed by Business Analyst

Employers may require the following skills for business analysts:

  • Communication skills to guide conversations with management and clients
  • Analytical skills to find issues from varying information sources
  • Creativity with project planning and problem solving
  • Persuasion skills when explaining proposed solutions
  • Self-management skills to complete tasks without frequent intervention

Job Titles Related to Business Analyst

  • Management Consultant
  • Management Analyst
  • Technology Consultant
If you’re interested in becoming a business analyst, check out CompTIA Project+.

5 Comments

  • Priyanka

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Please provide more details about business Analyst Certification Programme.

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Hi, Priyanka! Thanks for your comment. CompTIA does not offer a business analyst certification, per se, but certifications like A+, Network+, Security+ and Project+ can validate the skills needed by business analysts. Good luck!

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    Saturday, October 27, 2018

    This is Great Advice! Very honest and practical.Interesting information i got from here about business analyst. i am preparing for business analyst.and do specialisation in this field.so,this blog is very helpful for me. given all content are very informative.by reading this article I get all information that helps me for my career point of view.I look forward to reading many articles from you.waiting for updates.

  • Susheel

    Wednesday, July 31, 2019

    Does the certification exam valid for certain period of time frame.

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019

    Hi, Susheel! Thanks for your question. CompTIA certifications are valid for three years from the date you pass your exam. As long as you renew through continuing education before that three-year period is up, your certification will remain valid. You can read more here: https://certification.comptia.org/continuing-education/learn/overview

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