First and foremost, having a degree, either a college or university one, in the field of business and finance is most looked forward to by organizations when they look to hire a business analyst. Without a business background, it would be hard to see someone in the position of a ‘Business Analyst’.
A four-year bachelors degree in finance or business administration and/or a master’s in the same would allow one to definitely be qualified for the position.
Do the Right Courses
Depending on which country and business demographic you belong to, there are various courses that prospective business analysts do before actually becoming one. In North America, the Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP) credentials are crucial in getting you into such a position as it becomes a way to separate the qualified for the not.
Break into the Field
The need for top quality business analysts is always there, but do not expect to go up the corporate ladder from your first job alone. Like any other career path, hard work and dedication are the only factors to guarantee success and joining a company as a junior analyst will help build your portfolio.
Various positions such as in the field of public relations and business communication also are key to a good portfolio as it involves in handling the spokesman position for a company and making key contacts with other professionals in the field.
After 3-plus years of experience, you will have gained a lot of knowledge in the field and will be easily able to make a transition to a higher position or work your way up the corporate ladder.