Do You Need a College Degree To Become A Business Analyst?

 

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Greetings, my questions is very simple …

“Do you need a degree to become a DBA or a Business Anaylst?”

I have returned to school to complete my degree in “Business Administration, Business Information Systems” and I have reestablished
my interest in database management but my school only touches the surface of the subject.

Do You Need a College Degree To Become A Business Analyst?

When you visit a doctor for the first time, you are, no doubt, assured when you see a framed diploma on the wall in his office.

But, you also will be interested in knowing how much practice he has had. Unlike obtaining a license to practice medicine or law, there is no set boundaries that require a business analyst or a database administrator (DBA) to obtain a college degree.

But, most companies will list some college education as a job requirement. While it is sometimes possible to get one of these jobs without a college degree, it is more challenging; as you will be competing with applicants who already have a graduate or post-graduate degree.

Whether or not you can do a better job as a business analyst or a DBA becomes meaningless; because, like your impression in the doctor’s office when you see his diploma, the hiring manager will gain a first impression of you based upon your level of education.

You may be disregarded before you have a chance to prove yourself, based merely on whether or not you have a college degree. Those who seek a job without a degree face challenges in convincing the hiring manager that they are, indeed, qualified to do the job.

While this challenge can be overcome, finishing your line of study in college is a good idea as it makes the transition into finding a job that much easier.

What Does a College Degree Mean To A Business Analyst?

It used to be that a high school diploma was sufficient education to enter the work force. Over a century ago, even an elementary level of education was often rarely attained.

Through the years; these requirements, and what is considered culturally acceptable, have changed to the point where a high school diploma is thought of as only the beginning.

In today’s workforce, many companies look for applicants to hire who have a minimum of a 2 years or a 4 years Bachelor’s degree in any course. However, one college degree is not better than another type and going in for a Masters or a doctoral degree or even a second college degree or a second Masters is not for the purposes of getting a job is not that helpful.

Passing enough college courses to earn a degree suggests that you have a certain level of mental competency, and that you have the perseverance to follow through to attain a goal.

Your college degree proves to a potential employer that you are, most likely, educationally adept. It also shows an employer that you are able to learn, research and problem solve to complete a planned task from start to finish.

Your college degree may also imply that you are able to communicate and interact scholastically and professionally.

With all the good things that a college degree teaches you, it will not, however, teach you everything about database administration (DBA) or how to become a business analyst.

Even computer science and business degree programs only usually touch the surface of what is really expected once you are on the job.

Don’t Quit – Supplement your College Degree

Many doctors recommend taking vitamins to supplement an already healthy diet and lifestyle. They don’t suggest that you disregard the healthy lifestyle in exchange for the vitamin supplement; but that you add the vitamins to the other healthy decisions you are making in your diet and exercise routines.

Similarly, a college degree is a good choice that can be enhanced by supplementing it with real work knowledge and experience.

Because a college degree holds value to an employer, but doesn’t teach you the specifics of how to perform once you’re on the job, a good solution is to continue your college courses; but add to them by focusing your study to become an expert in the field of business analysis or database administration. In addition to your college learning, obtain training and knowledge in how to be a business analyst or database administrator.

Do this by reading articles and books on the subject, and by taking an online training course which will fit into your college schedule. If your college studies require an internship, choose one where you can apply your supplemental knowledge and experience, to make you even more desirable once you try to enter the job force.

When you get the degree that employers check off as a minimum level of requirement; and add to it actual valuable knowledge and experience, your learning will be complete.

You will now stand head and shoulders above the other applicants who come to the interview with the college degree alone.

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    One Response to "Do You Need a College Degree To Become A Business Analyst?"

    1. Business Analyst Coaching & Training   April 3, 2011 at 7:22 AM

      There is no legally binding requirement that says you must have a graduate or college degree before you can practice as a business analysts or a database administrator (DBA) unlike what obtains in the medical or legal industry.

      However, your range or career options may be severely limited if you don’t have least an associate degree or a four year college education.

      Get A College Degree, If You Can

      A lot of employers require college degrees and if you don’t have one, you will be forced to look for those few employers that will hire you without one.

      At the same time, you will be competing with business analysts or database administrators (DBAs) who have college degrees or even post-graduate qualifications.

      While you don’t have to worry about getting post-graduate degrees or getting more than one college degree … not having one college degree will more likely work against you than it will work for you.

      College Courses Prove Mental Competency

      Your college degree proves to employers that you are educationally competent. Like you rightly absorbed, college courses will not teach you database administration (DBA) or business analysis.

      However your college education proves to employers that you will be able to learn or pickup information, research and solve problems, communicate and interact with others professionally.

      The solution to your dilemma is not to drop out of college but to go outside your college environment and get the skills and learning which actually makes you a business analysts or a database administrator.

      You can do that by taking DBA / Business Analysis training or reading articles and books on the topic.

      Accomplish these two goals together. Stay in college until you graduate and at the same time learn either Database Administration or Business Analysis so that when you finally graduate, your learning will be actually complete.

      Best Wishes

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