A lot of business analysts want to specialize in a business analyst domain like healthcare, pharmaceutical or life sciences because these business analysis domains are perceived as being more stable in the economy.
This business analyst carer issue answers some of the questions on how to bridge the gap between IT Business Analysis and Domain Business Analysis and especially how to specialize in the Healthcare Business Analyst Industry!
Answers to the Question – How To Become A Healthcare Business Analyst
- Career Assessment – Start by answering or qualifying why becoming a healthcare business analyst is the best option for you considering that there are several business analysis domains and you can also become an IT Business Analyst without being a Domain BA.
- IT Business Analyst – Before you can specialize in a business analyst domain like Healthcare, you have to obtain or master the IT Business Analysis skills first because that is what makes you a business analyst. By IT Business Analyst I don't mean the IT Domain but the domain of skills exercised by an IT BA.
- Existing Healthcare Industry Experience – Becoming a healthcare domain specialist will make a lot of sense if you already are working in the healthcare industry or you have formal or informal training, experience and exposure to the industry. If that is the case, you are better positioned than someone just starting out fresh in the industry.
- Existing Business Analysis Domain Experience – if you don't already have domain experience in the healthcare industry, you may be better positioned for another business analysis domain. For example, if you currently work in an e-commerce shop, you already have e-commerce experience which positions you better to be an e-commerce business analyst than a healthcare business analyst.
- Bridging the BA Domain Experience Gap – Starting out as a business analyst domain in an industry that you already have experience in … is much better than just picking one out of the blue. However, if you still want to be a healthcare business analyst without having any background in the industry whatsoever, you would need to first, get qualified as a business analyst through training and work experience then look for an entry level healthcare business analyst job. In that case, you will be trading your strong BA Skills for an entry level healthcare job.
- Branding and Positioning for Business analysts in the Healthcare Industry – Assuming that you already have business analysis domain experience, then you need to start a personal branding campaign targeting the healthcare industry. This means that you will use the internet and other online / web-based resources to mingle, network and talk to professionals in healthcare. You have to offer them something of value … some advice, service, information, etc. that makes you valuable and that sets you apart as a potential candidate. Every industry has issues or problems. You just have to get to know them, choose the one you are capable of solving and then do just that. You can read more in this article titled: become a leader and get the job you want:
- Resume Branding – I am putting the resume part last which is where most people usually start from. The start from with an updated resume and spend their whole time sending it around, when it doesn’t have that much to offer. I will say that you should work on becoming a better business analyst by working through my suggestions, especially no. 6. Then re-write your resume to include your activities, results, contributions as a Business Analyst (first) and as a Healthcare Business Analyst (second) based on the activities in no.6.
I hope that this issue answers the questions or throws some light on this important business analyst topic for you … if you have more questions, feel free to contact us and we will answer it for you!