Who is an RPA Business Analyst?

In this post, we are going to answer the question – Who is an RPA Business Analyst. This post will help you understand the career profile of an RPA BA, salary, skills needed, role etc.

RPA stands for Robotic process automation.

A business analyst is a person who acts as a translator between the technical team and the business user. Such a profile in the IT sector requires a person to be a techno-functional expert i.e. someone who understands the requirement of the customer and translates it into instructions that coders can understand and create software based on the understanding and documentation provided by this person.

Most often a business analyst is the voice of the customer and s/he understands the needs, desires, and motivations of the customers and translates it into technical requirements. Now, with the advent of RPA tools and growth of the RPA sector, we have a new profile in the job market and it is that of an RPA business analyst. You might ask, do we require an RPA Business Analyst when RPA is nothing but just a new tool? Surely, existing B.As are more than capable of implementing RPA tools with current implementation methodology. Well, let’s explore all aspects of the RPA Business Analyst Profile.

Why do we require a Business Analyst specializing in RPA?

Robotic process automation (RPA) is a specialized type of project with focus on automating repeatable tasks. Organizations wants to automate such processes to minimize operations/support costs.

Unlike a normal Software Development Project where a Business Analyst is required to visualize the UI screens and workflows. No such thing is required in RPA project as RPA projects start with the assumption that the process being automated is stable, well defined, and has a standardized input. Also unlike a normal software development life cycle, RPA projects are short in duration and typically take six to nine months to complete. So, how do we do documentation of software where we are creating no new screens or workflows, what questions do we ask the stakeholders and where do we start? And this is exactly why we need this profile?

Required Skills of a Business Analyst in RPA Environment

An RPA BA should be a process-oriented person. Someone who understands the purpose of existence of the process. This is why most companies prefer to hire people from Six Sigma or audit background and train them in RPA. However, the good news is that we now have RPA business analyst training available that solely focuses on RPA tool implementations.

Who can become an RPA Business Analyst

Anyone with a basic college education can undergo RPA BA training. Most of the courses focus on orienting you to become more process-oriented and look at the processes from performance and resource point of view. RPA Business Analyst training courses also teach you about tools & techniques to capture process details and evaluate the process from automation point of view.

RPA BA can be from a technical or functional background, unlike a traditional business analyst who must be a domain expert. RPA business analyst has no such constraints. The process he/she wishes to automate must have proper existing documentation that a B.A can refer to. That being said, RPA business analyst is still required to learn some traditional B.A skillset. In my experience, a traditional Business Analyst with proper training can easily become an RPA business analyst. Developers and Testers (Manual & Automated) can also become RPA business analysts, as a matter of fact software testers make good RPA Business Analysts as they already have process-oriented mind-set because they are required to break the process by using various combination of ways in which S.W feature can be used.

You can also check our general business analyst training program.

How Can I become Business Analyst in RPA Projects?

One can do the RPA BA course, plenty of which are also available online. Most of the courses are between 12 to 20 hours and one can easily complete RPA BA training in one month. However, it is necessary that you choose the course from a reputed training provider and it’s always best to go for Instructor-led courses.

You can also check our RPA Business Analyst Certification course.

How much do they Earn?

RPA BA earns on average 40% more than regular business analysts on the account of the fact that RPA Projects helps save millions for the companies that are implementing them. Also, RPA being a high demand for niche skill has better earnings prospects. A typical RPA Business Analyst earns anywhere between 8 to 18 lakh P.A depending upon his skills and experiences.

What is scope of RPA Business Analyst Profile outside of India?

Being an RPA business analyst gives you international mobility as there is a very high demand for RPA Business analysts in countries like Ireland, Canada, the USA, UK & Australia. The opposition to offshoring of jobs and shortage of skilled labour for mundane jobs have made RPA adoption a must-have for companies across the globe, and the fact that COVID has shown us the weakness in processes in case of calamity has only hastened the resolve of companies to adopt RPA. As a matter of fact, RPA is one of the most growing fields in the year 2020.

Some countries have more RPA BA jobs than others. E.g the USA has the most number of RPA BA jobs followed by countries like the UK & Ireland. Australia also offers good opportunities for RPA Business Analysts while Canada has very few RPA Business Analyst opportunities but they are growing rapidly.

Other countries like Singapore, Malaysia & South Africa also offer RPA Business Analyst opportunities but sometimes get overlooked because of less job visibility, language barriers, and the local environment. But never the less there is no dearth of such opportunities in the international job market.

Conclusion

Let me conclude by saying that this profile is indeed a great career path. It not only offers good career path and rapid growth but also a sense of satisfaction as you help a company save millions of dollars and make it more lean and agile.

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Abhishek Srivastava is a seasoned IT professional with diverse experience in Banking, Insurance, Utility and Education domains. Managing large accounts, Program management & Developing business solutions has been his forte.An NIT / IIM Kozhikode graduate, He founded Techcanvass (https://techcanvass.com) in 2013. With Techcanvass, He is pursuing his dream of creating an organization imparting quality education to IT professionals. He believes that learning is a lifelong journey and one must never stop learning.He also loves writing and sharing his knowledge. Some of his notable books are ERP to E2RP, UML Modelling for Business Analysts, Business Analysts Practitioners Guide, Software Testing: A practical Approach. All these books are available on Amazon.

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