More and more companies nationally and locally are trying to deal with data, and sometimes lots of it coined “big data.”

Demand is high for people who can manage and collect all this data or information; analyze it to spot patterns or gaps; draw conclusions and insights; and then be able to translate it so management and users can understand it to make better strategic or operational decisions.

So who is this super hero type person who can conquer all this data? It’s the Business Analyst.

captureA Business Analyst is any person who performs business analysis activities, no matter what their job title or role might be. Besides the title Business Analyst, other titles or roles could include: Business Systems Analyst, Process Analyst, Supply Chain Analyst, Database Analyst, Research Analyst, Business Intelligence Analyst, IT Project Manager, and many more.

How many Business Analyst type jobs are needed? Consider these amazing trends:

• Employers throughout the United States will need 861,400 Management Analysts (which includes Business Analysts among other similar job titles) by 2024. That is a growth of 14% compared to all occupations at 6.5% growth. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections).

• In Wisconsin, the growth is also projected at 14% with employers needing 13,151 analysts by 2024. The median annual wage is $71,230 for an experienced analyst. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections).

To meet this growing demand, Moraine Park Technical College has started a new Business Analyst associate degree program. If you like data and want to work in a hot career field, here’s your chance to learn how to conquer and tame the data monster and be the hero by helping businesses do business better. For more information, click here.

Written by Fred Rice

Dean of Applied Technology & Trades