Business Analyst

 

 

 

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What is a Business Analyst?

Are you a problem solver? Are you interested in computer technology? Are you interested in how business works in general? If you are, then choosing the career path of a Business Analyst might be the right route for you!

The definition of the word ‘business’:  A system where goods and services are exchanged for money.

The definition of the word ‘analyst’:  A person who collates, examines and researches data to develop programmes and structures to improve the situation.

A Business Analyst therefore accurately defines the needs and problems within a business, corporation or organisation by studying the overall business and information needs of it. They usually work in the IT department and implement computer or technology-based solutions to improve the way the company, government or organisation move forward. 

What does a Business Analyst do?

  • collects and analyses information supplied by numerous people throughout the company
  • tries to determine the actual needs and problems of the company
  • maps out possible solutions and presents them clearly and unambiguously
  • facilitates communication between departments
  • works with the development team
  • custom-designs IT solutions based on their research
  • tests the design meets the requirements
  • attends meetings
  • constantly monitors new system to ensure it meets company’s goal

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in business and how it works?
  • computer literate?
  • analytical and logical?
  • persuasive?
  • a team player?
  • creative thinker?
  • problem solver?
  • self-motivated?
  • a good communicator?
  • a person with good leadership skills?
  • a hard worker?

How do I become a Business Analyst?

There are many ways of becoming a Business Analyst. The more training you have in this competitive field the better. You want to be one step ahead of the rest.

Some start off doing a Bachelors of Science degree in Information Technology (IT). This can be done at most universities in South Africa:

  • UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND

Offers a 3 year BSc degree in Computer Science

  • UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

Offers a Bachelor of Science (BSc) with the choice of 17 majors.

  • NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY 

Offers the following degrees:

A 3 year BSc (Computer Science)

A 3 year BSc (Information Systems)

A 3 year BSc (Information Systems) Extended

  • UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH

Offers a BSc in Mathematical Sciences.  Focus: Computer Science

Here are a few examples of places you can study a diploma or certificate in Business Analysis.

  • CAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Offers a 3 year or 4 year part-time National Diploma in Information Technology

  • FALSE BAY COLLEGE

Offers a 3 year National Certificate Vocational qualification in Information Technology and Computer Science – made up of three certificates obtained on NQF Levels 2, 3 and 4.

  • SOUTH AFRICAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY (Pretoria)

Offers a 1 year National Certificate (NQF 3): Information Technology (End User Computing)

 

TRAINING:

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  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
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  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Economist … or … Financial Planner

Is becoming a Business Analyst the right career choice for me?

 


 

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