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In response to industry demands, Moraine Park Technical College is offering a Business Analyst program this fall 2018.

This two-year associates degree program is offered online and allows individuals either established at an organization and looking for growth, or those seeking a business career to take program designed for school-life flexibility.

“In the world of business, making data-driven and need-based decisions is vital to be competitive,” said JoAnn Giese-Kent, business analyst instructor at Moraine Park. “Business Analysts are trained to define stakeholder needs and recommend solutions that will support decision makers in moving the business forward. Business analysts keep an eye on the business landscape and create value by helping the company navigate in a positive direction.”

A business analyst is a career path that focuses on performing a set of tasks and the use of analytic techniques to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization. They are the cultivators of change that enable the organization to have better business outcomes. Graduates with a business analyst degree serve jobs in the Management Analyst occupation which include titles such as Business Analyst, System Analyst, Process Analyst, Database Analyst, Market Research Analyst, Supply Chain Analyst, and Management Consultant.

“Employers are taking advantage of this program as a professional development tool,” said Fred Rice, dean of applied technology and trades at Moraine Park. “Offering this program is one way that we are responding to the industry needs that are present right here in our communities. This program is offered with a hands-on approach, completely online, so that students can take advantage of implementing their education into their everyday work life.”

Individuals specializing in this degree are in high demand by many industries including healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, finance, and retail. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers throughout the United States will need 861,400 Management Analysts by 2024. In Wisconsin, employers will need 13,151 by 2024. That’s a growth of 14%, almost double compared to all occupations nationally. The median annual wage is $71,230 for an experienced analyst.

Moraine Park is now accepting program applications for the fall 2018 semester. Interested individuals can find more information online at morainepark.edu/programs or by calling (800) 472-4554.

Written by Kristina Haensgen
Public Relations & Events Specialist