Career outlook for business analyst
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
Business analysts look at the way an organisation works and come up with ideas on how it can improve. You'd meet with managers to find out what the business aims and needs are, and what they do to meet them.
In this job, you'd look at things like technical systems, business models and procedures that are in place. Then you'd analyse and test them to decide if there are better ways of doing things that could help the business.
The business would decide what systems or procedures need changed. You’d then work with the relevant teams to organise and oversee these changes.
What you might do
- help design, document and maintain system processes
- use data to research and analyse the structure of a business and how it uses technology
- identify problem areas and consider opportunities for improvement
- communicate with senior management to identify the business’ goals
- create and test IT solutions and systems to make sure they meet business needs
- persuade stakeholders of the benefits of implementing new strategies or systems
- provide staff with training sessions for new IT systems
- oversee the introduction of new technology or systems
Depending on the business, you could work on unique and exciting projects. Your interests can guide your career.
You could work in the financial sector. It'd be your job to spot trends and make forecasts to help with investment decisions.
Space companies also hire business analysts to help develop the business case for their mission ideas. You'd come up with business plans to take astronauts and equipment on space missions.
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