How to Start a Business Analyst Career


The most comprehensive guide available for creating an actionable plan that enables you to start a business analyst career. ~ Ellen Gottesdiener, Author, The Software Requirements Memory Jogger


Get YOUR successful start as a Business Analyst

You may be wondering if business analysis is the right career choice, debating if you have what it takes to be successful as a business analyst, or looking for tips to maximize your business analysis opportunities. With the average salary for a business analyst in the United States reaching above $90,000 per year, more talented, experienced professionals are pursuing business analysis careers than ever before. But the path is not clear cut. No degree will guarantee you will start in a business analyst role. What’s more, few junior-level business analyst jobs exist. Yet every year professionals with experience in other occupations move directly into mid-level and even senior-level business analyst roles. My promise to you is that this book will help you find your best path forward into a business analyst career. More than that, you will know exactly what to do next to expand your business analysis opportunities.

Here’s a look at what’s inside:

  1. What It’s Like To Be A Business Analyst – Learn what a business analyst really is, experience a realistic sample workday, and receive answers to dozens of FAQs.
  2. What You Need to Know About Business Analysis – Decipher the key skills a new business analyst needs to be successful.
  3. How to Expand Your Business Analysis Experience – Receive time-tested ideas for how to gain valuable business analysis work experience, whether you are in a technical role, business role, or unemployed.
  4. How to Connect With Business Analyst Professionals – Learn how to leverage the strength of the business analysis community to accelerate your career.
  5. Focus On The Right Business Analyst Role For You – Eliminate the perplexity of today’s business analyst job descriptions, by absorbing the explanations of the most common types of business analyst roles.
  6. Your Career Transition Strategy – Confidently decide on your best path into business analysis.
  7. Move Toward Your Business Analyst Career Goals – Create a career transition plan that helps you experience success sooner than you might expect.

What’s more, as you use How to Start a Business Analyst Career to plan your next step, you’ll be able to download a BA Resource Pack full of electronic worksheets that walk you through the well-received Putting It To Practice exercises inside the book.


Laura’s book provides spot-on recommendations to help you drastically reduce the amount of effort and time required to jump-start your business analyst career. If you were to invest in just one resource to help you transition into a high-paying and rewarding business analyst career, you couldn’t do better than this book. ~ Adriana Beal, Product Manager and Principal Consultant at Beal Projects LLC

When people ask me, how do I become a business analyst?, I always sigh (inside!) because I would love to give them a simple guide, but I know that it is complicated, and any answer has to start with it depends…Laura has done the almost impossible by providing a route into business analysis via a step-by-step process that anyone can follow. ~ Alex Papworth, Business Analyst and Mentor,

What a wonderful gift you can give yourself with this book, which will help you decide if business analysis is the right career move for you. ~ Bob the BA (aka Bob Prentiss)

Practical, principle-based, and easy to read and use, professionals of any background or career level seeking an opportunity in business analysis stand to benefit from this book. ~ Jonathan Babcock, Jabian Consulting and Editor of

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