At the core, business analysts are problem solvers. They very often are interested in both business and the problems it faces and how to solve those problems using computer technology.
A business analyst will define the needs and problems within a business, corporation or organisation by studying its overall business and information needs.
They usually work in the IT department and implement computer or technology-based solutions to improve the way the company, government or organisation can move forward to achieve its goals.
A few things a business analyst does during their day will include:
There are many pathways to becoming a business analyst, and it never hurts to acquire as much training as possible. The basic education requirements to become a business analyst is a Bachelor of Science degree with a heavy emphasis on mathematics and information technology.
This can be completed at various South African universities. Some universities of technology also offer a national diploma/bachelor of technology degree in information technology and computer science.
Apart from these educational qualifications, you will require a number of ‘soft skills’ which will include an interest in business and how it works.
If you can tick off the following, you may be ready to start on a new career path.
Would you consider yourself to be analytical and logical?
Are you persuasive, a team player, able to think creatively and solve problems?
Are you self-motivated and able to communicate clearly to diverse teams and people?
Are you willing to work hard and motivate others to be at their best?
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