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How to become a business analyst

There is more than one path to becoming a business analyst but getting a relevant degree can be a major boost in this field. We detail what you’ll need to do if you’re interested in this career path.

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Whether you have a passion for business or are looking for a career with a high earning potential, the path of a business analyst may be right for you. From working in-house for a business to being called upon when needed, the day-to-day work life in this role can be very varied and rewarding. We look at what it takes to become a business analyst.  


What is a business analyst? 


Business analysts work to plan, develop, and manage solutions in line with company goals and objectives. The role aims to optimise performance, procedures, and processes. These can be related to the core focus of a business, but in many cases, are closely related to information technology and software solutions. In our modern world, most businesses rely on technology, the internet and IT systems, and without them, they would not be able to function. 


Therefore, the role of a business analyst is so crucial. Analysts keep things running optimally and efficiently but also look to make improvements where possible. The challenges of this role can create a high pressure but rewarding environment for the right person. 


So how do you become a business analyst? As with many career paths, there are several options to choose from for those who are interested with a relevant degree supporting you along the way. 


Finding the right degree 


With some careers, you need to have studied a specific degree to qualify. These are sometimes referred to as professional degrees. However, if you’re interested in becoming a business analyst, you may be pleased to know that several degrees options can aid you in this role.  


Any degree with an analytical focus would be beneficial as a business analyst. It would provide a lot of the knowledge and skills needed to be able to accurately assess the needs of the business you’re working for and develop feasible solutions.  


Several degrees come under this category, including: 



With a degree in any of the above, you would be showing an employer that you have the education and know-how to effectively carry out regular assessments and put your findings into practice. 


STEM degrees are very popular among international students. We look at the best STEM degrees for employment. 


Extra skills that may help 


While the bulk of being a business analyst is working with the numbers, you must work with people too. While this is true for many roles, a business analyst is often required to liaise with multiple departments at once. Good communication skills are arguably even more necessary. 


Gaining experience during your studies that shows you have developed and utilised these skills effectively can be a great asset when applying for a business analyst role.  


Highlighting these skills in a graduate portfolio can help a potential employer see your value. They will know you can handle the data side of things but also collaborate effectively.  


Thinking of studying in the UK? Find out more about the top business schools there


Getting your foot in the door 


For many postgraduate students looking for a career as a business analyst, the most common step into this field is with an entry-level role. 


 The size of the business, how many business analysts are needed, and the depth of work required are all factors that come into play. In many cases, an experienced business analyst isn’t necessarily what they need, and they are happy to allow a postgraduate with the appropriate education to step into the role. 


Opportunities like these are great, as they allow you to build on your experience from day one, and you can begin to find out what industry you want to work in.  


In other cases, companies will offer an entry-level business analyst role where a successful candidate will be required to report to someone in a more senior position allowing you to learn from them and develop in this role. 


If you think this may be the career for you, find the perfect degree to help you get there with our course matcher too


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