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Common Business Analysis Career Paths

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Business analysis is a growing field that is essential for organizations to understand and shape their operations, products, and services. Business analysts are responsible for analyzing an organization's business and providing recommendations for improvement.  


Having the business analysis skills employers want can advance your career faster. Explore the top skills for agile, product ownership, cybersecurity, and business data analytics.

There are several career paths that business analysts can take, and each offers unique opportunities for growth and development.  
Here are the six most common business analysis career paths: 


1. Product Management

Product managers are responsible for the development and success of a product. They work closely with business analysts to understand the needs of the market and to ensure that the product meets those needs.

Boost your skills: IIBA’s Product Ownership Analysis Certification Program provides the opportunity for those who practice analysis to acquire essential competencies that enable successful product development. The program recognizes the integration of business analysis and product ownership with an agile mindset to maximize value.  


2. Consulting

Business analysts who work in consulting roles help organizations solve complex problems and improve their operations. They may work with a variety of clients in different industries and must be able to adapt to new environments quickly.


3. Project Management

Business analysts who specialize in project management oversee the planning, execution, and delivery of projects. They work closely with project teams to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget.


4. Data Analytics  

Business analysts who focus on data analysis use data to inform their recommendations and help organizations make data-driven decisions. They may work with large sets of data and use tools such as Excel and SQL to extract insights. 

Prove your skills: Skilled business data analysts can prove their skills to employers by pursuing IIBA’s Certification in Business Data Analytics. Earning this certification informs employers of your passion for and competencies performing business analysis on analytics initiatives.  

5. System Design

Business analysts who specialize in system design work with organizations to design and implement new systems. They may be responsible for determining the best technology to use, as well as for integrating new systems into the existing infrastructure.

Boost your skills: IIBA’s Agile Analysis Certification will recognize your agile expertise and help showcase the agile mindset. The certification focuses on applying an agile perspective within a business analysis framework. It can help professionals become more credentialed, skilled, and valuable. 


6. Process Improvement

Business analysts who focus on process improvement work with organizations to identify inefficiencies and develop strategies to improve processes. They may be responsible for analyzing current processes, identifying areas for improvement, and implementing changes to increase efficiency.


Obtaining an International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) certification can be beneficial for your career as a business analyst professional in several ways. It can help you demonstrate your knowledge and skills in the field of business analysis to potential employers and can also help you stand out in a competitive job market. 

No matter which path you choose, a career in business analysis can be rewarding and challenging. It requires strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and the ability to think critically. If you're interested in pursuing a career in business analysis, it's important to have a strong foundation in business principles, as well as technical skills such as data analysis and project management. Regardless of the path you choose, you will have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the success of organizations and the people they serve. 


To expand your skill set and optimize your business analysis job opportunities, consider earning a professional certification. IIBA offers an array of professional certifications to help you stand out to employers.


About The Author:
Jinny Li, Program Marketing Specialist, International Institute of Business Analysis™ | IIBA®

As a Program Marketing Specialist at IIBA with over 10 years of marketing experience in retail, telecommunications, and insurance industries, Jinny is a well-rounded marketer who excels in e-commerce, marketing & communications strategies and is passionate about digital marketing analytics and marketing automation. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts hiking, and handcrafting.


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