Business analyst

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

Average salary (a year)

£30,000 Starter

to

£70,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

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 for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Apprenticeship

You could start by completing a business analyst higher apprenticeship, or a degree apprenticeship in project management, software engineering or cyber security.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Direct application

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

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Career tips

A working knowledge of project development methods like Waterfall or Agile can help you get into this career.

Further information

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

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

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • speaking to managers to find out what they want to achieve
  • carrying out fact finding tasks into business processes to see what they do and how they do it
  • analysing findings and using data modelling methods to help recommend changes and improvements
  • explaining the benefits of your recommendations and looking at the potential impact and risks
  • agreeing the best way to put recommended changes into place with management
  • overseeing testing and quality checks of recommendations
  • supporting staff making changes and reporting any issues

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Project Management Apprentice

  • Wage : £12,000.00 Annually
  • Location: YO32 9PT

Business Analyst Apprentice - 18073

  • Wage : £12,000.00 - £15,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Milton Keynes MK9 2BE

Courses In England

BTEC L3 Double ICT

  • Provider: Colton Hills Community School
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: WOLVERHAMPTON

Computing A Level

  • Provider: Royal Alexandra and Albert School
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Reigate

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