3 Business Analyst Career Paths (Specialize, Move up, or Branch out)
There are many options to choose for career growth as a BA.
In this video, I talk about three business analyst career paths, and provide a few options within each path.
There are three broad categories of career paths that you can take in your career. The very first one and this is one that people don’t talk about enough. And so that’s why I’m going to make it first but the very first one is that you remain a business analyst.
There is no reason for you to have to move out of business analysis career. Like for my own career personally, that’s what I’ve chosen to do. I’ve had opportunities to take on management roles I have actually managed projects but I’ve always come back to the business analysis profession because this is the job that I love. This is the work that I love to do. And so for me personally I’ve chosen to stay a business analyst. And that’s the first one I’m going to offer you. And here are a couple of options that you can consider if you if you choose that path for yourself.
Remain a Business Analyst
If you choose to remain a business analyst there are specific things you can do.
Sharpen your skills
So the first option that you have within that realm of business analysis is for you to continue to sharpen your skills as a business analyst and their actions that you can take to continue to do that. Which means that you’ve chosen a career path where you’re saying I’m going to continue to do business analysis until I retire or until something significant changes. And my objective now is to have razor-sharp skills in doing this job. You may have a certain level of competence in certain areas and a different level of competence in other areas. Your goal if you choose this career path is to become razor-sharp. Everything that you know how to do and everything that it is that your company needs out of your skillset.
The second thing you can do if you choose to remain a business analyst is to specialize and specialization means that you either choose a certain domain. Or you choose a certain enterprise software and you specialize a lot more in one of those two or you can choose both. And there are certain instances where you can choose both.
Move Up In Your Organization
The second major category for your path is for you to move up in your organization. And there are a couple of different careers that you can choose if you if you’re choosing to move up and in your BA career out of your BA career and higher into your organization. If you choose the career path that’s going to see you moving up in your organization there are a couple of really good candidate jobs that you can aim at if you choose to move up in your organization.
The first one of those is that you want to become a business architect. There are upsides and downsides to choosing that. Business architecture is a really good candidate-job a good target job for you to have. If you are looking to move up in your organization from your business analysis role.
There are people who start off as analysts and because of the fact that they work on so many projects, they work with project managers they gain so much project management skills that they think to themselves. I actually like project management better than business analysis and then that becomes a good career choice for them.
Business Analysis Manager
Its different from being a project manager business analysis manager managers usually a department that manages certain parts of the company’s software or you’ll have some companies that have dedicated business analysis teams and those groups inside the company are managed by aB.A. manager and so does the job of this person is to make sure that the team of business analysts that they have reported up to them are doing the work that needs to be done to make sure that the company gets the analysis that it needs. So those are really the three best candidates for you. If you’re choosing to move up in your organization
The third general path is for you to branch out and branching out means that you still do the business analysis but you do it in a bit of a different capacity. And this is actually part of what I’ve done also is that I’ve become a consultant for example. So if you’re choosing to branch out into a broader skillset there is there you have two options you can become a consultant or a contractor. Some people use that those terms interchangeably but there is a difference and I’ll explain the difference a little bit in this video and more in another video article. So those are your three options.
And branching out means you continue to do business analysis related work but in a very different capacity and you might think to yourself Well what’s the difference between that and option number one. Option number one means that you remain. Usually, you might remain at the same company that you’re at.
You may still work as a full-time employee for the company. What you’re doing is you’re either specializing or you are really just sharpening the skills that you have that your company needs today branching out.