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28 July 2007

What skills do business analysts need?

I surveyed about 100 job postings for business analysts in Australia, the US and UK and came up with this spread of requirements posted.
I have aggregated some things and where jobs asked for technical skills such as oracle, SAP, dot.net and so on I have listed it under "understanding the technical domain." All of these advertisements were under the title of "business analyst" and not systems analyst, analyst/programmer or anything else.

I provide this graph for your information in case you are thinking of applying for a job as a business analyst.

The resulst align with many writers on the topic of what is a business analyst - the focus is on communications, consulting and requirements management. It also highlights the common idea that a BA should have some sort of technical background, often that they have pogramming or DBA skills.

Any comments?