Chapter-5: How Anyone Can Become a Certified Business Analyst (Alternative Career Paths)

Alternative Paths to a Career as a Business Analyst

There are alternative paths to transition from your current profession to a business analyst. You can start by enrolling in an entry-level business analysis training course or even enroll in the Business Analyst Certification Masters program depending on your work experience and required expertise. This will enable you to stand out from your peers and increase your chances of success. 

1) For college graduates:

For a fresh graduate from college with a bachelor's degree in fields such as information systems, business, accounting, human resources, or any related field, the next step to enroll for the entry-level business analyst certificate program. This will help you to build your experience and skillsets. You can use this certification as a stepping stone into a business analyst career.

2) Software Professionals: 

Professional software developers looking for new career paths can move from their current jobs to become a business analyst. As a software engineer, you already possess some of the skills required to be a business analyst, such as communication, analysis, and data mining skills.  These skills coupled with business analysis certification will make it easy to transition between the two career paths. To make sure that you are ready for this transition, a certification course is highly recommended.

3) Business Industry Professionals:

As a business industry professional, you can leverage your knowledge in your current career to the next level of expertise. You can do this easily by enrolling in a CCBA certification to enhance your skill and improve your chances of becoming a professional business analyst. 

Can Anyone Become a Business Analyst?

a) I'm unemployed. How can I become a business analyst?

If you are unemployed, you can qualify for a subset of business analysis jobs and start updating your resume to prepare for the business analyst role. If you are unable to get a relevant business analysis job, you can start looking for transitional roles, such as a job in technology, programming, or engineering niche which can be easily transitioned into business analysis.

b) I recently graduated from college with a degree in business analysis, how can I become a Business Analyst? 

If you are a recent college graduate with the intention to become a business analyst, you can start by searching for organizations that recruit recent college graduates into business analysis roles. If you also have some level of experience in business analysis, you can search for transitional roles in IT, programming, or engineering where you can work your way up to become a business analyst. 

c) I don't have a degree, how can I become a Business Analyst? 

You don't need a degree to become a business analyst, but a degree in the relevant business field can help. However, you will need to work in related entry-level positions such as business research, accounting, project coordination, or a similar role. This will enable you to gain relevant work experience in company processes. You also need to possess natural communication and leadership skills to be able to adequately transition to this role. To boost your skills, experience, and knowledge, enroll in an entry certificate in business analysis.  You don’t need a degree or work experience to become certified at entry-level. 

d) I'm an MBA graduate, how can I become a Business Analyst? Is there an easy way?

According to the U.S. Bureau of labor statistics, most employers prefer to employ candidates that have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. As a master's degree holder, you can enroll for Business Analyst Certification and become a business analyst. This will enable you to get the essential skills needed for the profession. You can transition into the business analysis by identifying your transferable skills such as communication, leadership, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. 

e) Should I pursue business analysis training before becoming a business analyst?

Yes, pursuing a business analysis training prior to becoming a business analyst is an important step.  A business analysis certification will help to strengthen your skills, knowledge, and experience. There are four levels of certification for business analysts under the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).  You can find the details in the sections above. 

f) I don't have IT skills and experience. How can I become a business analyst? Is there an easy way?

You don't actually need IT skills to become a business analyst. You need the following skills: communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, documentation and specification, analysis, facilitation and elicitation, relationship building, and self-managing skills. However, if you want to be a business analyst on an IT project, you will need to have a technical understanding.

g) I don't have business expertise, how can I become a business analyst? Is there an easy way? 

Not having expertise in business does not mean you cannot become a business analyst.  It is just a leverage point to help you find your footing as a new business analyst.  If you don't have an expertise in the domain, you will need to search for job opportunities where business expertise is not a requirement. Although it may be hard to find such opportunities, it is not impossible.

Moving forward

Enroll in any one of the following Business Analyst Certification Training based on your eligibility requirements to Become a Business Analyst Professional.

  1. Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA™)

  2. Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA®) 

  3. Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) 

  4. Certified Business Analysis Thought Leads (CBATL)

You have read about the importance of certification in this guide. It is now time for you to select the training program that suits your interest, finances, and schedule. Pay specific attention to a specific program that guarantees your success in the business analysis career. 

After you have explored the certifications above, you can get more knowledge from:
a) Webinars
b) Conferences
c) Local networking meetings
d) Business Analysis Books

Find our CBAP®-Certified Business Analysis Professional Online Classroom training classes in top cities:

Name Date Place
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