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Business analyst

Alternative titles for this job include Process analyst, business systems analyst

Business analysts investigate situations and problems to find improvements for businesses.

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter


£55,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

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How to become a business analyst

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


Any degree that teaches analytical skills can be useful for this role.

Some employers may prefer you to have a degree or postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject, such as:

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

Experience during your degree

You may have an advantage if your degree course lets you get some business experience. This could be through:

  • internships
  • work placements
  • a year in industry

It may also be useful to get experience of managing projects and analysing data.

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

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You could gain some of the skills and knowledge needed for this role through an apprenticeship like a:

  • business analyst higher apprenticeship
  • project management higher or degree apprenticeship

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

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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

To get into this career, it may be useful to know about agile project management or other similar methods.

Further information

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

You can find out more about government business analysts in the Civil Service on GOV.UK.

What it takes

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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
  • 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

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • speak to managers to learn what their business needs are
  • write down what the business does and how
  • analyse your findings to suggest changes and improvements
  • explain the possible effects of changes, such as the costs, benefits and risks
  • agree the best way to make changes
  • organise testing and quality checks
  • support staff making changes

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

  • become a project manager
  • work as a consultant
  • work in different industries
  • set up your own company
  • work freelance

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

L4 Business Analyst Apprentice (Micro Nav Ltd)

  • Wage: £18,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Seabourne Road, Bournemouth, Dorset

Business Analyst Apprentice

  • Wage: £18,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Birmingham, UK

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