Business Analyst Kaitātari Pakihi

Business analysts design or recommend solutions, such as computers or computer programs, to help organisations meet their goals.

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Business analysts may choose to gain industry certifications such as those available through the Information Technology Certified Technologist (CTech) scheme. 

Business analysts may do some or all of the following:

  • consult with an organisation's management, staff and customers on their needs, goals and requirements
  • design or recommend solutions (such as computers or computer programs) to meet clients' needs
  • document requirements for computer systems
  • estimate costs and write business cases
  • oversee new developments, including design and choice of computers and computer programs.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for business analysts includes:

  • computer programming
  • business management
  • project management.

Personal Qualities

Business analysts need to be:

  • logical, methodical, patient, and good listeners
  • able to work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • skilled at design and planning
  • good at verbal and written communication
  • skilled at analysing and problem-solving.

Skills

Business analysts need to have knowledge of:

  • computer hardware and software, and methods of programming
  • methods of analysing needs, costs and benefits
  • the business they are working in and the staff's work methods.

Conditions

Business analysts:

  • work regular business hours, but may have to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines on projects
  • work in offices
  • may travel to see clients in their workplaces, or to conferences and seminars.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include digital technologies, English and maths.

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Business Analysts can earn around $100K–$130K per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Business Analyst are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Pay for business analysts varies depending on experience and where they work. 

  • Business analysts usually earn between $100,000 and $130,000 a year.
  • Senior business analysts can earn between $110,000 and $140,000.
  • Business analyst team leaders and managers may earn between $130,000 and $180,000.

Business analysts working on contract earn an average of $90 to $160 an hour.

Sources: 'Recruit I.T. Technology and Digital Salary Update Auckland', July 2021, 'Recruit I.T. Technology and Digital Salary Update Wellington', July 2021.

Business analysts may progress to become self-employed, or move into project management.

Years Of Training

2-3 years of training usually required.

There are no specific requirements to become a business analyst. However, employers usually prefer you to have a diploma or degree in a subject that requires statistical, business and analytical skills, such as:

  • business analysis
  • computing
  • information systems
  • business computing
  • economics
  • maths or statistics.
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