Talents are naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling or behavior that can be productively applied to achieve a nearly-perfect performance of a given activity (Bobkowska,2016). A talented individual who wants to make an outstanding positive impact as a business analyst needs a clear vision for their career path and the means; experience and core competencies, to get there.
Jobs in the business/management analysis career path are growing faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for business analysis professionals is projected to grow 14% from 2016 to 2026, adding about 115,200 new jobs (U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018). Competition for the business analyst role is fierce due to an attractive high earning potential. It is for this reason that U.S. News Money awarded it the 75th position in 2018 best 100 jobs and ranked it #16 in best business jobs. The IIBA, International Institute of Business Analysis, define a business/management analysts as any person who performs business analysis activities, regardless of job title or organizational role. Business analysis is the set of the tool used to define an organization’s capability and goals to deliver products and services to external and internal stakeholders.
Business analysts job titles are related to the tasks and the expected products the role deliver. The lists below are examples, and it does not cover all possible jobs. Typical job titles defined by IBM Rational Unified Process (IBM RUP) are:
Typical job titles as described by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) are:
A brief review of jobs posted on Career Builder, a popular job board, exemplified the type of candidate employers are seeking. Listed below is our review of job posts to give you an idea of the type of job candidates employers are looking to hire.
As a professional, you bring with you a variety of skills that translate into the core competencies required for business analysis. These skills are classified by the proficiency levels listed below.
The IIBA has identified several competency indicators that if practiced, could take a business analyst’s career from the beginner level (e.g., Business Analyst I) to Expert (e.g., Business Architect).
Get ahead in your career by gaining skills in the areas listed below. A Business Analyst I, proficiency level might look like this:
Get ahead in your career by gaining skills in the six areas listed below. A Sr. Business Analyst proficiency in these six skill areas might look like this:
Advancing in your career requires an intentional and thoughtful plan that focuses on the six competency areas laid out by the IIBA’s competency model. Other certifying entities’ competency model might be suitable, as long as the intent of the skillsets leads you from your current state to your dream job.
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