What is a Junior Business Analyst? And how to become one
- June 22, 2022
- Posted by: Sacha Goring
- Category: Career Advice
The world has gone through many changes in the past few years. Businesses have had to change their processes and adapt and change how they do business to survive. As a result, Junior Business Analyst roles are in high demand. If this is a career path you want to take, now is a great time to get started.
What is a Junior Business Analyst?
The role of a Junior Business Analyst is to perform an in-depth evaluation of the companies’ systems. Your role will involve ensuring that the software, processes, and design models meet the requirements and producing reports to support this. You will also highlight any areas of the business that can be improved and provide evidence on how to solve problems.
What does a Junior Business Analyst do day-to-day?
In your daily work life, you will play an important business analyst role in the analysis of data and work with senior analysts to perform research, analyse and interpret data and produce detailed reports. In this career, your responsibilities depend on the industry in which you work. As a Junior, you will gain experience across multiple projects in various disciplines to build a solid foundation of skills and knowledge.
Day-to-day, your responsibilities will be:
- Devise ways for businesses to improve, based on research
- Identify problems and how to solve them
- Analyse the structure of a business
- Running multiple analysis projects
- Use data modelling practices to analyse findings and create suggestions for improvements and change
- Produce written documentation to support your work
- Report and present to stakeholders
- Supporting initiatives during and post-implementation
- Translating technical terminology to other areas of the business
- Act as an advisor to senior and executive teams
Want to find out more? Visit our Business Analyst career page.
What qualification do you need to be a Junior Business Analyst?
The skills and qualifications for this career path depend greatly on the industry where you will be working. Having a degree in a specialist area is a great advantage, but it isn’t the only path to a career as a Junior Business Analyst. We have a range of courses from the BCS Business Analysis Foundation to the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis. All our courses are designed to help you achieve your career goals in the most efficient way possible.
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What skills does a great Business Analyst have?
When a company is looking for a new Junior Business Analyst to join their team, they will be looking for more than qualification on your CV. As an entry-level analyst, it’s expected to have little experience and sometimes, this is a good thing. Companies can then train you based on their training and business model, making you a valuable member of the team long term. You will need to showcase the below to make your CV stand out:
- Willing to learn business processes
- Has some domain knowledge
- Competent computer skills
- Eye for detail
- Problem Solver
- Good communication skills
- Working on inactive
- Working to deadlines
- Able to follow instructions
How much does a Junior Business Analyst earn?
You can expect to earn a higher-than-average salary as a Junior Business Analyst. According to Glassdoor, the average salary for a Junior Analyst in the UK is around £30,000. Business analyst entry-level jobs are advertised between £23,000 – £25,000 and this should increase as you gain experience and promotions. As a senior or executive business analyst, you could be earning between £60,000 and £70,000. Geography plays a part too. Where you work will also determine the salary you earn. In London, you will earn more as the cost of living is higher than in other parts of the UK.
How to find Junior Analyst jobs outside of London
If the hustle and bustle of the big city isn’t for you, you can still find Junior Business Analyst jobs outside of London. This role isn’t just confined to large corporate businesses, and you will find so many industries are looking for professionals to fill this type of role. It’s an essential role for many companies. You can find Junior Analyst jobs all over the county and the world. Look on job sites like Indeed and Totaljobs and search in the area you’re willing to travel to and apply.
How to find Junior Business Analyst Jobs
We won’t list the obvious here, we know that you know how to apply for jobs, but here are a few tips to think about along the way.
- Read the job descriptions carefully. Here are some Red Flags to look out for. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Keep your CV up to date. Add experience and qualifications regularly so you always have a copy on hand that is ready to send. You never know when an opportunity might present itself. Our ‘how long should a CV be?’ blog might be helpful to you to give you handy tips on what recruiters are looking for.
- LinkedIn is a great platform for promoting your skills and recruiters can find you there. There are also jobs posted on LinkedIn that aren’t listed on other sites.
- Apprenticeships and internships are a great way to get into Business Analysis at any age. Look for companies that support apprenticeships or check with your local college.
- Get the qualifications you need to get the role you want.
What industry do Junior Business Analysts work in?
There are so many industries you could work in as a Junior Business Analyst. From airlines and retail giants to local councils and green energy companies – a quick web search will show you just how diverse the market is. If you have a particular passion or interest, search for jobs in that industry so you can really get the most out of your career.
The IT Online team are on hand to answer any questions you have or offer guidance on which one of our courses is the right one for you. Get in touch with our helpful team to get your Junior Business Analyst career on track today.