Career Description:

Business intelligence analysts provides an organization with accurate and timely analysis and profiles on competition, general industry trends, market effectiveness and strategies for improving sales. They collect and analyze data from several internal and external sources and analyze them for actionable marketing and sales competitive information tools. The business intelligence analyst works individually as also with teams.

 How to become a business intelligence analyst:

A degree in computer science, economics, finance, physics or mathematics is necessary. This can be followed by a master’s in any of the said subjects. A high analytical bent of mind, coupled with a positive and energetic attitude is a must.

The ideal candidate must possess strong verbal and written communication skills, entrepreneurial spirit. An analytical, innovative and creative approach towards solving problems is also required.

 Business intelligence analyst career courses, training and programs:

 A combination of business knowledge and intelligence acumen is a virtue for the job. Some training is provided on the job. Refresher courses are also held by many training institutes. In some cases, multiple technology certifications coupled with experience are required for persons who don’t have a bachelor’s degree.

 Business intelligence analyst career schools/colleges, education:

The career of a business intelligence analyst is very rewarding. A candidate with a strong academic background can be absorbed by the government agencies to work for national interests. Education on consumer trends and behavior, optimizing SQL queries, data mining is provided in a technical college.

 Top 5 colleges/universities:

Pennsylvania State University

Missouri University

University of Texas, College Station

University of Florida

Colorado State University

Business intelligence analyst job opportunities, salaries/pay:

The average annual salary of a business intelligence analyst is about $56,400. Besides the corporate sector, such personnel are also hired by law enforcement agencies, the legal department and the education sector. Senior business intelligence analysts often work as professionals and charge a fee for their services.