Business Analysis Careers

Business Analysis Careers

Business analysis is distinct from financial analysis, project management, quality assurance, organizational development, testing, training and documentation development. However, depending on the organization, a business analyst may perform some or all of these related functions.


BA Career Focus

Business analysis job profiles can be organized into the following three categories:


  • Competent across all areas of business analysis
  • Uses a variety of techniques in initiatives of varying scope and circumstances
  • Found at various levels in the organization


  • Possesses solid or advanced subject matter expertise in specific areas
  • Applies a more focused set of techniques with greater levels of expertise to potentially resolve extremely complex business problems
  • May be at any level of experience


  • Demonstrates some degree of competency across a more limited set of knowledge areas or tasks
  • Requires some degree of competency in business analysis and some other discipline
  • Performs multiple roles: a “jack of all trades”
  Project/IT Executes projects Transition/Functional Guides projects Enterprise/Strategic Creates projects
Generalist Business Analyst (Project)
Management Consultant
Account Manager
Business Consultant
Customer Relationship Manager
Management Consultant
Portfolio Manager
Account Manager
Business Architect
Management Consultant
Strategic Planner
Specialist Agile Business Analyst
Business Intelligence Analyst
Business Rules Analyst
Data Analyst
Domain Expert (SME)
Process Analyst
Product Owner
Requirements Engineer/Manager
Systems Analyst (I)
Business Intelligence Analyst
Domain Expert (SME)
Functional Business Analyst
Process Owner
Product Manager
Service Owner
Systems/Solution Architect (II)
Domain Expert (SME)
IT Strategist
Process Architect
Hybrid BA+PM QA, Development
Information Architect
Product Manager
Project Manager
QA Analyst
Systems Analyst (II)
Mid-to Senior Management
Product Manager
Solution Architect (I)
Systems Analyst (III)
Enterprise Architect



2010 Business Analysis Salary Survey

IIBA is pleased to present the results of the 2010 Salary Survey. This survey was completed by more than 4,100 business analysis professionals around the world in August and September of 2010. The sponsors of the survey were ASPE-SDLC, Ravenflow and IIBA®.

Once again, the survey shows that certification has a very strong impact on salary. There is an approximate 10% increase in salary for business analysts who have achieved the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) designation. Exclusively for IIBA Members! Read the white paper presenting the findings from the survey, please click here.