Career Enjoyment: business analyst
A business analyst evaluates and designs the processes and systems in use in an organisation. They may, for example, identify ways of increasing profitability or efficiency, and lead business process reengineering projects that change the way the organisation is run. This career tends to have salaries in the range £40-100k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a very high earnings potential.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: autonomy, find ways to improve business processes, investigation, interaction with people, solving problems.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: dealing with difficult people, too high a volume of work, not having enough time to reflect, writing long descriptions of processes, tedious practicalities of implementing new systems, project management, having to work with bad systems, negatively-minded users of process, insufficient freedom/autonomy, too structured.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - business analyst - was 3.4, making it slightly less enjoyable than the average job. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Introversion than Extraversion.
- Slightly more Sensing than iNtuition.
- More Thinking than Feeling.
- Slightly more Perception than Judgment.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: dealing with data or detailed information; solving practical problems; theorising or analysing; following defined procedures; designing new processes; solving immediate problems or crises.
The job does not involve as much: maintaining good relationships; developing other people.
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.