How to become a Business Systems Analyst

Business systems analysts study the overall business and information needs of an organisation in order to develop solutions to business and related technology problems. A business systems analyst's role is usually undertaken prior to the system design, building and programming stages of the systems development process.

Personal requirements of a Business Systems Analyst

  • Interested in computing and information and communications technology (ICT)
  • Able to grasp concepts and think creatively
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Team leadership capabilities
  • Able to make informed decisions on a wide range of complex business and technical issues
  • Able to work independently

Education & Training for a Business Systems Analyst

To become a business systems analyst you usually have to complete a degree in information technology, information systems or business information systems. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Most universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For full details, refer to the entries on the website at www.goodcareersguide.com.au or university handbooks.

Duties & Tasks of a Business Systems Analyst

Business systems analysts may perform the following tasks:

  • work closely with clients to identify business needs and the costs and benefits of implementing a computing solution
  • construct information technology (IT) definitions based on identified needs of the organisation
  • work with other IT experts to address networking and hardware needs
  • look at finance and budgetary matters
  • devise and document a general system design based on the client’s anticipated requirements
  • negotiate options with the client.

Working conditions for a Business Systems Analyst

A business systems analyst's role will vary with the size and complexity of the organisation. Some smaller organisations may combine various types of analyst, designer and programmer roles into one, while larger organisations may employ teams of specialists.

Employment Opportunities for a Business Systems Analyst

With experience and sufficient start-up money, there are opportunities for self-employment, especially on a consultancy basis. Clients are often senior managers responsible for business or functional activities within organisations.

Additional Information
Membership of the Australian Computer Society is available to those who hold, or are working towards, suitable qualifications. There is a range of membership types available, allowing progression through the various levels as a member’s career develops.
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