Hey there, Jeremy Aschenbrenner here The BA Guide today we’re gon na be tackling a question. I get asked all the time. What type of college degree do I need to become a Business Analyst? This question is really broken down into three pieces number one. Do you even need a college degree to become a business analyst?
The second question is: if you do need a college degree, what level of degree do you need? Do you need an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, a PhD? Where do you end and then, finally, what degree categories relate most to becoming a business analyst? So let’s kick things off to become a business analyst?
You really do need to have some type of college degree, while it isn’t impossible to get a business analyst position with just a high school diploma. It is very difficult. It’S an uphill battle, and really the only way that I’ve seen it done is those that have worked for a company for a long period of time and they’ve transitioned into some type of analyst role from what their original duties were.
So let’s say they were working as a sales associate and they had worked their way into being some type of administrator for that sales team. They then evolved their skills and utilize that administrator and sales experience, as well as those evolved skills to help them land that business analyst job within the company, so they kind of evolved into becoming a business analyst. This is not a quick or easy path to get there, because there’s a lot of barriers in your way when you don’t have that degree, you’re really stuck in the company that you’re working for so you have to assume that there’s business analyst within that company. You also have to make the assumption that they’d be able to waive whatever college requirements that they have for some type of on-the-job work experience there. So, for the first question: if you want to become a business analyst you you really do need some sort of college degree.
So let’s go ahead and transition to the next question. What level of degree do you need? Do you need just an associate’s degree, a two-year degree? Do you need the bachelors, the undergraduate, four-year master’s PhD, the primary degree that I recommend is a bachelor’s degree. The is a four-year degree and the reason is because most companies have a minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree for somebody that is going to be in a business analyst type of role. One thing to realize is the human resources department tries to use a lot of automation to help them with the flood of applicants that come in for a lot of the positions.
This automation looks for certain keywords and phrases and requirements on your resume. If you ever sent in a resume or a job application online and within a minute or two, you received an email rejection. That was because your resume didn’t meet the minimum requirements based on the automation that they had set up in the back end, and one key thing they look for is, if you have a college degree, and if you don’t have a college degree that meet the minimum Requirements a bachelor’s degree they’ll just go ahead and reject you there, so you could have been working as a business analyst for 10 plus years, but because you didn’t have on your resume that you had a bachelor’s degree. The automation system removed you before you even got to any human eyes where they can make some decisions, and that’s why I highly recommend getting a bachelor’s degree.
It helps you get over that initial hurdle and move on to the process. Many people ask me: well. Can I get by with an associate’s degree a two-year degree from some technical or community college? Absolutely you can me personally. I had an associate’s degree when I landed my first business analyst job.
I was able to do that because I got hired at a company that I had previously worked for in another capacity and they knew that I was a hard worker, so that, combined with the associate’s degree, was able to get me over that initial hurdle of that Minimum requirements of the college education, but that is not the primary way to go: you’re gon na get rejected from a lot more jobs. Just because of that so highly recommend. You have some type of bachelor’s degree. Now, let’s utilize that let’s transition into what should your degree be in?
What should you be studying? Well, there’s really four key areas that are on most job descriptions for business analyst positions number one is any type of business degree, so anything related to business can be utilized because, quite frankly, you’re a business analyst. So having that background of business is very nice number to any type of IT degree, so, computer science programming there’s a lot of there’s actually colleges that have business analyst type of degrees out there now so anything like that. That’S related to IT is also utilized, and the third type of degree is a management degree any degree.
That’S teaching management is going to give you a lot of skills that you’re gon na utilize as a business analyst, even though, as a business analyst, you may not have people that directly report to you. Your role is more of a management type of role, you’re having to control meetings and help facilitate the movement of this project forward with very high end executives a lot of times, and so this position warrants having a lot of those management type of skills. The fourth type of degree this is a little bit less common, but you can have a math degree, so there is a little bit of math with business analysis in various industries if you’re looking at obviously finance manufacturing is another highly intensive, math industry.
So there’s various industries that are more intensive when it comes to math and equations and having a math degree for those industries would be helpful as a business analyst. So again the types of degrees, business, IT management or math. You can have other degrees. Many companies say we just want you to have a four-year bachelor’s degree. We don’t really care on the topic and they say a topic related to business analysis or a topic somewhat related to the position, which really could be anything you can tie anything to it. But if you’re going to college now and you’re choosing a degree find something that interests you within those four categories