Becoming a business analyst
Can I become a business Analyst ? If you have this question on your mind, you will find this article useful. In this post, we are going to answer some of the commonly asked questions regarding business analyst.
Business analyst is a much sought after career option and deciding to get into this profession, is a good choice. If you don’t find answers to your specific questions, please write to me and I will definitely try and answer that.
Commonly asked questions regarding Business analyst career
Let me start by saying, Business analysts are the must needed role in the IT industry. The industry has been grappling with the high percentage of failed or delayed projects. This has led to the emergence and significance of the business analyst role. Almost every software project needs a business analyst (if not more).
Let’s now look at the questions.
I am a tester or into manual testing, can I become a business analyst?
Manual testing professionals can also become business analysts. Being in the IT industry is an advantage. As you understand the software development process, it makes your transition easier.
As a business analyst, two of the most important responsibilities are requirements development and functional testing. As you are already familiar with the functional testing, your learning cycle is shorter.
You need to learn the following skills to become a business analyst:
- Requirement elicitation skills
- Process modelling like UML, DFD etc
- Data Modelling like ER and class diagrams
- SQL basics
You can find useful resources in the tutorial section of this blog to learn the key skills to become a business analyst.
When should I start as a BA? Can a fresher be a BA?
There is no pre-requisite of having industry experience for becoming a business analyst. You can start as an intern or a junior business analyst, but it is completely possible to become a business analyst, even if you are a fresher. But please note that you still need to acquire the BA skills. You can find the following videos and article useful:
How is the career path for a BA?
The career path of a BA is shown in the diagram below. Please note, at some point in your career, you can choose to become a Project Manager. As many would feel that Project management is more lucrative at that stage of their career.
Do I need to have any certifications?
Which are the entry level certifications for a Business Analyst?
There is a perception that certifications from a recognized body is important. However, some believe that certifications do not matter, it is actually your skill which matters. However, our view is that certifications, at the very least, are the only way to ensure your threshold of skills.
Are there any certifications for new business analysts, here is the list:
With 3.5 years of experience in retail industry, can I become a business analyst?
This question can be generalized to answer questions for professional from any other industry. So if you re coming from retail industry or from sales background or from travel industry, this question is applicable. Any non-IT industry background professional, will find this answer useful.
We have a published post on the same subject:
Hope these questions help, in case you have a specific question, do write to us.