Business analysts are currently among the most sought-after professionals in Canada. The federal government’s Canadian Occupational Projection System lists Business Analysis (NOC 2171) as one of the “Top 10 Occupations with the Largest Number of Job Openings,” 2017-2026.
Change has always been a constant—but never as fast as now. Technologies grow old at light speed, the advance of globalization erases traditional borders, and companies are faced with new challenges every day. Business analysts help organizations keep up with this quickly evolving environment by identifying what needs to change for a business to thrive.
Covering the entire organization or focusing on specific projects and programs, the business analysis practitioner articulates problems and recommends solutions that are often technology-based but also involve changes in strategies, processes, and policies.
The Business Analysis Professional Citation from the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta provides students with a valuable set of knowledge and skills needed for this profession, covering topics such as enterprise analysis and architecture, interface and data design, solution verification and validation, requirements elicitation, and scope management.