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Job Name

Business analyst

Job Description
Business analysts work with organisations to help them change and improve.

Salary Low
£30,000 Starter

Salary high:
£70,000 Experienced

Typical hours:
37 to 39 a week

Typical Hours per Day:
evenings occasionally

How to become a business analyst

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

University

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:

  • business information systems
  • business management
  • computing and systems development
  • computer science

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

College

You could do a college course, which may lead onto more advanced qualifications or a higher apprenticeship, or help you to get a trainee position with a company. Courses include:

  • A Level in ICT
  • BTEC Extended Certificate in ICT
  • T level in Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Higher National Certificate in Computing

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national certificate or higher national diploma

Apprenticeship

You could start by completing an apprenticeship such as:

  • Level 4 IS business analyst
  • Degree apprenticeship in project management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got several years' experience in project management, consulting or IT.

More Information

Career tips

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a business analyst from:

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • business management skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • speak to managers to find out their business needs
  • investigate business processes to see what they do and how they do it
  • analyse findings and use data modelling methods to help recommend changes and improvements
  • explain the potential impact, benefits and risks of your recommendations
  • agree the best way to implement recommended changes
  • oversee testing and quality checks of recommendations
  • support staff making changes
  • document and report on change process

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into project management, consulting, or work in different industries.

You could set up your own company and work freelance.







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