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5 Reasons to Start a Career in Business Analysis

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Business analysis is a rapidly growing field in the business world and for good reason. A career in business analysis offers numerous benefits. Find out more.

Business analysis is a rapidly growing field in the business world and for good reason. A career in business analysis offers numerous benefits, including intellectual challenge, high job demand, and potential for growth and advancement.

Here are a few reasons why starting a career in business analysis is a smart choice.

1. Challenge Yourself

Business analysis is a field that provides an intellectual challenge. Business analysis professionals are responsible for identifying and analyzing problems in business processes and finding solutions to improve them. This requires a deep understanding of business operations, data analysis, and problem-solving skills. As a business analysis professional, you will be constantly learning and applying new methodologies and techniques, which keeps the job interesting and fulfilling.

2. The Demand is Growing

The demand for business analysis professionals is growing at a rapid rate. According to the US Department of Labor, the demand for jobs related to business analysis is expected to grow by 11% by 2031. This means that there are plenty of job opportunities available, and the field is expected to continue to grow in the future.

3. Professional Growth and Advancement

Business analysis provides opportunities for growth and advancement. As a business analysis professional getting into the profession, you can expect to start in an entry-level position, but with experience and knowledge, you can move up the ranks to more senior positions. Professional certification, such as IIBA’s Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) demonstrates to employers that you have a solid foundation in the principles and practices of business analysis. ECBA™ covers foundational knowledge on how to approach business analysis according to the BABOK® Guide.

Employers are always looking for individuals who can add value to their organizations, and having a certificate in business analysis can provide a competitive edge in the job market and earn you 15% more than non-certified professionals.

4. Continuing Evolution of Business Analysis

The Entry Certificate in Business Analysis provides individuals with the base knowledge needed to pursue more advanced certifications in business analysis. For example, individuals who complete the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) may take the next step to pursue certifications such as the Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) or the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®).

There are also opportunities to specialize in specific areas such as data analysis, process improvement, or product ownership, which can lead to higher salaries and more job opportunities. The evolution of business analysis professionals into expanding roles depends on a combination of digital skills, business acumen, and targeted knowledge to drive better business outcomes across all industries. Business analysis certifications such as IIBA’s Agile Analysis Certification, Certification in Business Data Analytics, Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis,  and the Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis are all great areas of specialization to explore.

5. Job Security

Business analysis is a field that provides fairly steady job security. In an ever-changing business environment, businesses need to continually adapt and improve their processes to stay competitive. Business analysis professionals play a critical role in this process, which means that their skills are in demand and unlikely to become obsolete. According to IIBA’s 2022 Global State of Business Analysis report, 29% of respondents work for large organizations with over 5,000 employees and 24% of mid-level career respondents have no plans to change their employer.

What Next?

Starting a career in business analysis is a smart choice for those who are looking for a challenging and rewarding career. With high job demand, opportunities for growth and advancement, and job security, it's a field that offers a bright future for those willing to put in the work.

If you are interested in a career in business analysis, start by gaining the necessary skills and qualifications through a training course or obtaining a professional certification like the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA). Then, start exploring job opportunities in your area through IIBA’s Career Center!

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About The Author:
Kevin Legacy

Kevin Legacy is an accomplished professional with a track record of producing exceptional results. He has a proven ability to improve service and create efficiencies, resulting in better business outcomes. He has a strong background in educational publishing and professional certifications. In his current role as Senior Manager of Customer Support with IIBA, he manages a dynamic team to ensure outstanding customer service. Kevin has strong knowledge of business analysis and has earned his Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™).


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