Business Analyst Kaitātari Pakihi

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

Business analysts may do some or all of the following:

  • consult with organisations' management, staff and customers on their needs, goals and requirements
  • design or recommend solutions (such as computers or computer programs) to meet those needs
  • write requirements for computer systems using models and diagrams 
  • estimate costs and write business cases
  • oversee new developments, including design and choice of computers (hardware) and computer programs (software).

Physical Requirements

Business analysts spend a lot of time using computers, so they need to know how to use computer equipment properly to avoid occupational overuse syndrome (OOS).

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 communicating orally and in writing
  • skilled at analysing and problem-solving.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for business analysts includes:

  • computer programming
  • business management
  • project management.

Subject Recommendations

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

Business Analysts can earn around $81K-$104K per year 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.

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

Business Analyst