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Insights from the 2022 Global State of Business Analysis Report 

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How did this past year impact business analysis work? What industries are Business Analysis Professionals working in? What is one’s career journey like as a Business Analyst? Find these answers and more in this the newly released 2022 Global State of Business Analysis Report (GSBA) exclusively for IIBA members.

Each year IIBA engages the global business analysis community to answer questions about their work. Over the years, it has grown into an industry report that tracks demographic and business analysis practice maturity. This year we collected responses from more than 4,200 professionals, representing 165 countries. 


Career Journey for Business Analysis Professionals 

This year we added a new career journey section addressing what professionals need to know about business analysis career phases with specific insights including salary, organization types, job titles, salary, and more.  
Ensuring you're on the right path to career progression can be tricky. In this year's survey, when comes to employer defined career paths, 40% of respondents reported "Yes" their employers have a defined career path and 52% reported "No", their employers do not. The findings suggest that organizations offering internal training and development can increase employee skills and reduce turnover. Also, this year’s survey respondents indicated that 42% of professionals are considering a new job


Did you know IIBA offers resources to support your career development, training, certification, and finding a job that will take your career where you want to go? IIBA’s Career Center connects business analysis talent with opportunity. Find out more here


Certification? Why it Matters...

Investing in yourself to enhance your skillset has always been a long game investment. This year’s GSBA survey asked respondents why they got certified and the number one answer was to gain confidence and advance their career with 92% of respondents recommending certification to support further career development.

Here’s a breakdown of some other key benefits of certification:
  •  23% reported higher confidence at work 
  • 23% reported upskilling 
  • 13% stated it Helped me find a job 
  • 12% reported salary increase 
  • 11% reported greater fulfillment at work 
  • 10% reported it helped me improve my ratings in my performance review 
  • 8% reported promotion 


In addition to these benefits, it was reported that respondents who have at least one certification earn 15% more than their peers. Certification improves your marketability, your employability, and your earning potential. Explore IIBA’s professional certifications.


Top Business Analysis Skill Sets

Findings by the Stanford Research Institute International and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation found that 75% of long-term job success depends upon soft skills mastery and only 25% on technical skills. The GSBA report breaks down both top reported hard and soft skills. 

 In a recent episode of Business Analysis Live! podcast hosts Scott Bennett, Manager, Business Analysis and Susan Moore, Community Engagement Manager, discuss these top skills, and more, in greater detail. 

Here’s a quick glimpse of this year’s reported top hard skills include:
  • Communication Skills 
  • Problem Solving 
  • Business Knowledge 
  • Facilitation 
  • Agile Mindset 
  • Decision Making 
  • Creative Thinking 
  • Systems Thinking 
  • Leadership & Influencing 
  • Conceptual Thinking  

Wondering how can you use these insights to grow your career and what tools you have at your disposal as an IIBA Member to help? Register for our upcoming webinar on February 28th, Navigating the Business Analysis Job Market in 2023 where we delve into the current trends and outlook of the business analysis job market. 


This is just a snapshot of the data we report on in the latest GSBA Report. Want to learn more? Click here to read the full report.  
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About The Author:
Tiffani Iacolino

Tiffani Iacolino is a Product Marketing Manager at IIBA® and has 15+ years of marketing experience across the legal, technology, telecommunications, publishing, media, and professional services industries. She’s passionate about delivering meaningful products and solutions to the business analysis community, including IIBA’s latest offering the Cybersecurity Analysis Learning and Certification Program. Hailing from the Greater Toronto Area, she enjoys an amazing cup of coffee, running, and yoga -- between chasing her two adorable children! 


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