Business Intelligence Analyst

Choose your pathway: Business Intelligence Analyst

An advanced business education can help you pursue a variety of roles in your current field or even a new one. A specialized MBA, like the online MBA with a Digital Innovation and Information Systems concentration, can take you even further. Choosing a specialized MBA can help you develop a distinct skill set, accumulate industry-specific experience, and demonstrate your dedication to your field.

What kinds of careers can an MBA with a Digital Innovation and Information Systems concentration prepare you for? One pathway is business intelligence analysis.

What do business intelligence analysts do?

Business intelligence analysts leverage internal business data to help organizations make informed decisions at every level. With an ever-increasing emphasis on big data and evidence-based practices in the business world, business intelligence analysts are needed now more than ever to accurately analyze information and deliver quantifiable results.

As with any role, your daily responsibilities as a business intelligence analyst may vary depending on your organization. Most professionals in this role are tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Develop procedures and strategies for data collection and utilization
  • Collaborate with various departments, including IT, to gather internal and external data
  • Monitor analytics, identify trends, and leverage the results into a business strategy

What is the career outlook for business intelligence analysts?

Business intelligence analysts work directly with big data — and big data is growing. In fact, the big data analytics market is projected to surpass $200 billion by 2020, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). What does this mean for professionals working with data analytics? Increased career opportunities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report on business intelligence analysts specifically, but the role falls under the management analyst umbrella. Management analyst roles are expected to grow by 14% from 2014 to 2024, which is double the growth rate of the average occupation. The BLS reports that management analysts working within the information technology sector will be in higher demand than those working in other industries, making business intelligence analysis a promising career pathway.

What can you earn as a business intelligence analyst?

Management analysts as a whole earn a median annual wage of $81,330, according to the BLS. The top 10% of management analysts earn more than $149,720 (BLS). More specifically, a Robert Half Technology study reports that the average business intelligence analyst earns a starting salary between $118,000 and $171,750. Starting salaries for this role are projected to increase 4.3% in 2017 (Robert Half Technology’s 2017 Salary Guide).

What courses can prepare you for business intelligence analysis?

DESC 656
Quantitative Analysis for Business Operations
ENTR 661
Entrepreneurship and the Generation of New Venture Ideas
ENTR 662
The Feasibility of New Venture Ideas
FINC 633
Working Capital Management
GSBM 693
Global Business Intensive
ISTM 654
Information and Process Systems
ISTM 663
Managing DIIS Security, Privacy and Ethics
ISTM 664
Business Process Analysis and Innovation
ISTM 665
Digital Innovation and Strategic Transformation
ISTM 669
IT-Enabled Process and Decision Support in New Ventures
LEGL 653
Political, Regulatory, Ethical, and Legal Issues of Business
LEGL 684
Business Negotiation and the Resolution of Conflict
MKTG 661
Product Innovation and Management
MKTG 670
Technology in Marketing
OTMT 678
Creativity and Innovation for Leadership

What can these courses teach you? Find out with an in-depth view of our curriculum.

What are some related career paths?

If you’re interested in a career in business or technology, but business intelligence analysis isn’t for you, you have options. Explore these related career paths to see which one works best for your goals.

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