Business Analytics Concentration: Preparing for a Career as a Business Analyst

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Are you a deep thinker? Do you enjoy breaking down complex problems into actionable steps? If problem-solving delivers a deep sense of satisfaction, business analytics may be your true calling. The International Institute of Business Analysis refers to business analysts as “agents of change.” These hard-working individuals introduce and manage strategic changes at a variety of organizations.

While a B.S. in Business Administration can prepare you for a variety of management positions, Post’s concentration in Business Analytics will ready you for the array of challenges and opportunities you’ll encounter in your future career. Read on to learn about the program’s targeted curriculum, and how it can lead to professional success:

Business Analytics Curriculum

All Business Administration students at Post begin with general education and core business coursework before moving on to desired concentrations. The Business Analytics concentration shares a common core with other areas of focus, but also involves several analytics-driven classes.

The most successful business analysts communicate effectively, think logically, and behave ethically. These and other competencies are best strengthened through a diverse array of general education courses.

In addition to general education coursework, Business Analytics students take a variety of core Business Administration courses, including Managerial Accounting, Principles of Finance, and Principles of Management, among others.

The Business Analytics concentration consists of fifteen credits, including three required classes and two electives. Concentration courses include:

  • Business Analytics
  • Advanced Excel
  • Statistics II

These required courses help students build essential qualitative and quantitative skills. In addition to obtaining a theoretical framework, they encourage students to apply newly gained skills in practical situations. Students also enroll in six business electives at the 300 or 400 level. These and other courses are available either online or at the main campus.

Business Analyst Program Outcomes

When you graduate with your Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, you should have a firm grasp of finance, marketing, management, and other critical business concepts. As a Business Analyst graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify business problems
  • Analyze these problems using recent and relevant data
  • Accurately frame business problems via decision modeling
  • Promote transparency in decision-making
  • Manage conflicts between stakeholders and clients
  • Navigate today’s data-driven business environment

Upon graduating, you’ll boast not only theoretical business administration knowledge and real-world application, but also the soft skills critical to success in today’s workforce. From written communication to business ethics, you’ll be equipped to succeed in a field that relies not only on number-crunching but also relationship building.

Job Opportunities for Graduates with a Concentration in Business Analytics

Your concentration in Business Analytics demonstrates to prospective employers that you can apply critical thinking skills to identify both business problems and potential solutions. Business analytics may be your go-to career move, but your degree will grant you the transferable skills needed to succeed in a variety of positions:

Business Analyst

Most students enrolled in Post’s Business Analytics concentration hope to one day hold the title of business analyst. While the term has become something of a catch-all for several corporate roles, the basis of the position remains the same: identifying current or future problems and facilitating solutions.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics refers to the business analyst role as “management analyst.” According to the BLS, management analysts earn a median $82,450. The outlook for the profession is excellent; experts project 115,200 new jobs between 2016 and 2026.

Lead or Senior Business Analyst

Opportunities for advancement abound in business analytics. Once you’ve learned the ropes as an entry-level business analyst, you just might score a promotion. As a senior business analyst, you’ll lead a team of business analysts to identify and facilitate solutions. Senior business analysts often work closely with stakeholders and IT departments. As liaison, they must translate business requirements into technical solutions.

Business Process Analyst

Once nearly identical to business analytics, business process analytics has evolved in recent years. Business process analysts focus on business processes — their identification, categorization and, most importantly, how they can be improved. Process analysis efforts optimize inefficient and outdated approaches, often through automation. Many professionals begin as business analysts before ultimately moving into business process analytics. According to PayScale, the average business process analyst earns $62,680 per year.

Project Manager

At some companies, project managers and business analysts essentially serve the same function. More often, however, these are closely linked, yet distinctively different roles. Business analysts are primarily responsible for identifying and analyzing business problems. Project managers then develop detailed plans and coordinate resources to deliver identified solutions. PayScale reports that the average project manager earns an annual $72,000.

No matter where your career path takes you, you’ll feel confident knowing that you have a strong foundation of knowledge and skills. Your hard work as a Business Analytics student will ultimately lead to success in an exciting and rapidly growing field.

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