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What is it like to be a Business Analyst?
Business analysts, also known as business systems analysts/planners, analyse and manage the information systems requirements within an organisation. They use their specialist problem-solving skills to identify and solve technological issues to achieve maximum efficiency of an organisation’s business systems including database design and implementation, security and network management, service management and resource systems.
Business analysts work in a variety of settings including IT firms and industry, government organisations, telecommunications sector, computer companies and the corporate sector.
For more information about a career as an Business Analyst, visit the Job Outlook website.
This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.
This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.
Is it right for me?
Business analysts have a strong sense for identifying and solving complex business needs. Your success as a business analyst depends greatly on your leadership skills and your ability to conduct strategic research into different organisations.
- Interested in computing and information and communications technology (ICT)
- Able to grasp concepts and think creatively
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Team leadership capabilities
- Able to make informed decisions on a wide range of complex business and technical issues
- Able to work independently.
To become a Business Analyst
To be able to become a Business Analyst, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:
- Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Information Technology Management)
- Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems Development)
- Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Technology Management)
- one of the following double degrees:
- Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Information Technology
- Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Information Technology
Which pathway is best for you is individual in nature. Contact a career counsellor to explore these options further.
The Information Technology Management major of the Bachelor of Business and Commerce is provisionally accredited at professional level by the Australian Computer Society and, through the Seoul Accord, is recognised in other countries.