A Business Systems Analyst (BSA) - What's That?

Would you consider yourself to be a problem solver? Do you have an interest in helping businesses advance their use of technology by creating better ways of getting the job done? If so, you may enjoy a career as business systems analyst (BSA). Becoming a BSA would allow you to identify problematic business practices, determine appropriate uses of new technology, and help business operate more efficiently and effectively.

What is Business Systems Analysis?

As a business systems analyst, it will be your job to evaluate a company’s procedures and systems in order to develop insights into how to make changes to assist the business in operating more efficiently.  Understanding how the processes of each department within an organization affect business output is critical. Through this you will be able to define any recommended hardware or software needs, best practices, and procedures in order to assist the leadership team in implementing your strategic business function improvements.

Topics of Study

A Bachelor’s degree is required for many positions within the industry.  Within a Business Systems Analysis degree program, you’ll focus on course work that examines a variety of different management and information technology topics, such as:

  • Business Process Reengineering
  • Data Warehousing
  • Information Technology Project Management
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Strategic Management

Career Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow by 24% which is much faster than the average occupation.  This career field is quickly becoming very attractive because of the growth and earnings potential given the nature of the work.  By earning your degree you will develop the skills needed to confidently begin your career.

The world of business is in a constant state of change, and there is a demand for educated business professionals to assess a company’s needs and technical requirements.  Every organization will have uniquely complex issues to be addressed. By developing general business knowledge to go along with an ability to work in cross-functional teams and an ability to design technical improvements, you will have prepared yourself for a successful career as a business systems analyst.

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Grant Tilus is an Associate Inbound Marketing Manager for Collegis Education who writes articles on behalf of Rasmussen College with the aim to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students in a positive way.

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