How to Become a Business Intelligence Analyst

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If you want to become a business intelligence analyst, you may want to earn an applicable degree. While some employers may not require this level of education, it can help better prepare you for the responsibilities of this role.

For entry-level business intelligence analysts, this could mean a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in business intelligence and analytics. Some entry-level business intelligence analysts may have a degree in computer information systems. A DeVry degree in either of those areas can prepare you for an entry-level position as a business intelligence analyst upon graduation.

Soon, you’ll be ready to start applying to open positions in the location of your choice. During interviews, it is possible you could be asked questions similar to these:

  • How have you provided effective technical support?
  • What business intelligence tools are you familiar with or proficient at?
  • What statistical modeling tools are you familiar with or proficient at?
  • How would you deal with a difficult request from a client or customer?
  • What do you know about current industry trends? How would you apply those trends to your work?
  • If you encounter a problem, how would you go about investigating the root causes of that problem?
  • If you could only use 10 SQL statements, what would they be?
  • How do you stay up-to-date on industry trends?
  • How do you ensure that intelligence is consistent?
  • How would you build different data models and tables for our organization?
  • What methods have you used to synthesize business intelligence?
  • How have you maintained or updated business intelligence tools, databases, systems, dashboards or methods?

You may also be asked to solve relevant math problems or give examples of your experience in various technologies.

If you’re interested in becoming an entry-level business intelligence analyst, enrolling in a bachelor’s degree in business with a specialization in business intelligence and analytics management from DeVry University could help jump-start your career. Our program offers coursework that’s specially tailored for an entry-level position in business intelligence.

Specialized courses include:

  • Introduction to Internet Analytics
  • Business Analysis
  • Managerial Applications of Business Analytics
  • Applied Business Analytics
  • Database Concepts in Business Intelligence

Request information today and DeVry University’s admissions representatives can help you understand which degree program might best suit your goals in the field of Business Intelligence and Analytics.

Should You Become a Business Intelligence Analyst?

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So, we’ve established that there’s opportunity for business intelligence analysts. But, are you a good fit for the job?

According to research, business intelligence analysts should have a certain set of personality traits:

  • Able to adapt to new situations and technologies.
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced and demanding work environment.
  • Willing to work closely with colleagues.
  • Able to work productively without constant supervision.
  • Driven and motivated by results.
  • Passion for both business and information technology.
  • Able to see the big picture and also focus on details.

Additionally, these are the day-to-day tasks that business intelligence analysts are typically expected to perform:

  • Collect, aggregate, analyze and audit data.
  • Develop and maintain SQL scripts.
  • Use Microsoft Excel and other data analysis software.
  • Create reports, graphs, and presentations to visualize and summarize information.
  • Provide consultation and support to other departments within their organization.
  • Make data-based recommendations.
  • Maintain thorough documentation on data analytics, system operations and other relevant information.
  • Help clients and end users troubleshoot problems and learn how to properly use data-related tools.
  • Provide after-hours support as needed.

If you have several of the above personality traits and are comfortable performing the listed tasks, you may be a good fit for a role as a business intelligence analyst.