Business Intelligence Analysts

Business Intelligence Analyst Discusses Data

Business intelligence analysts study data that companies have collected and create reports that help senior management make decisions. They study business patterns and trends, and make recommendations based on their findings. They work closely with internal departments as well as external sources in gathering data and communicating the status of their work. Business intelligence analysts use data technology and online analytical processing tools in their work. There are approximately 637,690 management analysts and 109,150 operations research analysts employed in the United States, according to the Department of Labor.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Management Analysts, Operations Research Analysts
Duties Gather and analyze data from various sources to help companies operate more efficiently and increase profits; write reports; use various database software programs
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist across the country, but are best in metropolitan areas such as Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Atlanta
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Two to three years experience
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Computer
  • Information Management
  • Research
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst Assistant