People interested in a career in business analysis should check the International Institute of Business Analysis’ Business Analyst Career Road Map. It outlines the opportunities available and is designed to help you identify your best options based on your experience.
For instance, those seeking to break into business analysis that have backgrounds in business, sales, finance or programming can choose between jobs such as Functional Analyst, Service Request Analyst, Agile Analyst, Systems Analyst, Business Systems Analyst and Business Requirements Analyst/Requirements Engineer.
Those already in the BA game can also choose from many options including Process Analyst, Decision Support/Business Intelligence Analyst, Senior Business Systems Analyst, Business/Enterprise Architect or Senior Agile Analyst.
The role names are not job titles. These roles represent the different tasks, techniques and knowledge you’ll need to be successful. For example: a Systems Analyst may be part of a software development project that utilizes the Agile method. Therefore the Systems Analyst has Agile expertise. He or she could hold an Intermediate Systems Analyst and Intermediate Agile Analyst role, though their title could be Intermediate Systems Analyst.
Business Analysis Competencies
The IIBA Business Analysis Competency Model identifies 53 performance or discipline competencies specific to the role of the Business Analyst. The underlying competencies represent the foundational skills, knowledge and personal characteristics necessary to support your effective performance at any level of experience. There is also an assessment that IIBA members can take to see how they measure up, and to gauge their level of interest in becoming or advancing as a BA.