Business Intelligence Analyst jobs and careers

As the use of data in business gets more and more prevalent, companies are making significant investment into their BI systems to improve efficiency and increase productivity. The major benefits of having a functioning BI system include faster reporting, improved data quality, and increased competitive advantage.

Why consider a career as a Business Intelligence Analyst?

Analytics is now seen as the most important technology priority for companies around the world, and decision making in now more important than ever. The are a large range of industries that utilize Business intelligence such as; Financial Services, Healthcare, Government, Marketing and Sales, Oil and Gas and Transport.

Typical role titles include

Business Intelligence Analyst
BI Analyst
Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
Senior BI Analyst
Junior Business Intelligence Analyst
Junior BI Analyst
Data Analyst
Senior Data Analyst
Junior Data Analyst
Reporting Analyst

Career progression example

Junior Business Intelligence Analyst
Business Intelligence Analyst
Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
Lead Business Intelligence Analyst

Salary Benchmarks

At an entry level, junior / graduate Business Intelligence (BI) Analysts on average will be earning between £25k-£35k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £40k-£50k and seniors BI Analysts would be looking to earn £60k+.

Contractor rates for Senior BI Analysts would be from £400 – £500 p/day whilst mid-level BI Analysts can expect to earn between £350 – £400 p/day, and rates for Junior BI Analysts would be £250 – £300 p/day.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes…

The skills needed can be split into 3 categories; programming skills, critical thinking skills and data analysis skills.

Programming skills:
Data Modelling and Data Warehousing, ETL and Data Integration, OLAP Models Semantic Layer, Reporting, Dashboards, and Presentation Layer, Master Data Management, Metadata Management, Predictive Analytics and Data Mining, Big Data and Streaming Data.

Critical thinking skills:
Analyzing, Applying Standards, Information Seeking, Logical Reasoning, Predicting, Transforming Knowledge.

Data analysis skills:
Learning a scripting and statistical language, Adobe and Google Analytics, Reporting  – skilled in reporting and data visualisation software, with strong presentation skills, Analytical and creative mind, Advanced Microsoft Excel, Experience with SQL (Structured Query Language), programming.

What qualifications does it take?

Undergraduate Degree in subjects such as Information Systems, Computer Science, Maths, and Statistics.

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