3 Directions to Take Your Business Analyst Career Path

Skills, experience and the desire for a new challenge: what you’ll need to take your business analyst career path in a different direction. Consider exploring one of these three options when you’re ready to make a fresh start — and build on your current strengths and abilities. By Robert Half Management Resources on Monday, April 13, 2015
1. Business analyst consultant

If you enjoy the types of responsibilities you have now, but want to increase your reach and possibly your salary, consider remapping your business analyst career path to take a consulting route.

Business analysts and other experienced professionals with specialized skills are choosing to become consultants because it provides them the opportunity to take on diverse projects, earn competitive compensation and enhance their skill sets. It’s also a way for senior-level professionals to expand their network.

Consulting can be a logical move for a business analyst who wants to work in a particular niche, such as business systems (see more below) or process analysis. Through consulting arrangements, business analysts also can enhance their market value by gaining exposure to companies of different types and sizes across various industries.

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2. Business systems analyst

Organizations increase operational efficiency by optimizing business processes and working to get the most value from their information systems and other key technology investments. Business systems analysts play an important role in helping executive management to achieve these goals; they serve as a “bridge” between the business and service providers to the enterprise.

There is strong demand for business systems analysts in the current hiring environment. If you have functional expertise in one or more traditional business processes, such as payroll, treasury or financial reporting, to list on your resume, your business analyst career path could lead straight to a business systems analyst position.

Knowledge of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems is vital for this role, as business systems analysts are often called on to help assess capabilities for existing or new ERP systems. When hiring for this position, many employers often look for business analysts with IT expertise, such as software or application development.

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