Data Platform Job Roles: Business Analyst

These are a series of posts that can assist beginners who are eager to dive into the “data platform” or professionals who are considering a career in analytics. I’ll do my best to provide as much information as possible. Please see previous posts that discussed the most in-demand job roles by clicking here.


In this post, we will define Business Analyst, Business Systems Analyst and Business Intelligence Analyst and what it takes to become one, and what analysts can expect to earn. Please keep in mind that in some companies, the job title and nature of work do not match; therefore, carefully review the job criteria. Please keep in mind that the average salary is based on hundreds of job postings and various web sources such as ZipRecruiter, PayScale, and so on. Salary is also determined by experience.

Through data-driven decisions, business analysts help maximize a company’s effectiveness. A business analyst will work within an organization, assisting in the management, change, and planning for the future in accordance with the organization’s goals.

Business analysts assist organizations in improving their processes and systems. They conduct research and analysis to find solutions to business problems and assist in the introduction of these systems to businesses and their clients. A BA will gather and analyze information, formulate and test hypotheses, and develop and communicate recommendations during the course of each project.

There are different posts that people often gets confused with. Business Analysts, Business Intelligence Analysts, Business Systems Analysts.

Business Analysts vs Business Intelligence Analysts:
Both business analysts and business intelligence analysts work with data to improve a specific aspect of a company. The distinction between the two positions is that business analysts focus on the efficiency of various departments’ practices, whereas business intelligence analysts focus on the overall output of the company and compares it to other similar companies in the industry.

Business Analysts vs Systems Analysts:
The primary distinction between a business analyst and a systems analyst is that the BA is business-specific and focuses on the broader context of business changes and system development for a business. The systems analyst, on the other hand, will concentrate on system-specific requirements.

The requirements and responsibilities for each job role are listed below.

Business Analysts:

  • Should collaborate with technical/functional experts to understand technical capabilities and align them with business requirements, reducing technical debt.
  • Should look for ways to improve processes, requirements, and solutions.
  • Should create and develop (where applicable) functional requirements, process documents, and constraints for systems in order to improve quality, performance, external interfaces, and constraints.

Skills Required:

Platform: Mostly Windows
SQL Products (MySQL, Oracle SQL*Plus, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Teradata, DB2, Or Microsoft Access)
Analytical & Reporting Packages: Business Objects, SSRS, Power-BI, Tableau, Power BI, Or Excel
Salary Range: $51,000 – $99,000 (Per Year – US), 10,000 – 30,000 (Per Month – Dubai), 30,000-60,000 (Per Month – India)

Most companies do not require business analysts to have all of the above skill sets because business analysts only need to have knowledge on Automation, Collaboration, Data management, Reports and dashboards, Understanding of agile scrum methodology/principles.

Business analysts or Business data analysts must be familiar with Microsoft Excel or other visualization tools in order to create charts, pivot tables, and reports. The requirements and skill set may differ from one company to the next.

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