A famous global professional services recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley put together a list of some of the key jobs in demand in the UK this year.
According to them, "these roles give a reflection of emerging trends across the workplace that are likely to rise to prominence over the coming year, and beyond".
The list includes a business analyst - the role that mostly flies under the radar when it comes to popular culture, but the one that plays a fundamental role in solving business problems and bringing about positive changes in the companies these specialists work for.
For one, their various responsibilities include identifying problems, opportunities and solutions for a business, budgeting and forecasting, and defining all activities and characteristics that are necessary to meet business goals.
In order to work as a business analyst, among other things, you have to have a deep understanding of businesses and business sectors and have great analytical skills.
It's not surprising that this is a much-needed and high-paying profession. On average, business analysts in the UK earn between £45,000 and £100,000 per year.
What do you study to become a business analyst?
You can have a degree in Business Information Systems, Business Computing Systems, an IT-related subject, Business Intelligence and Analytics, or Business and Management.
Business Analytics courses focus on developing management, finance and marketing skills as well as teaching how to analyse and interpret complex business data and use it to solve operational and strategic problems, implement and manage business information systems.
Here are some of the leading UK Universities to get these or similar degrees:
University of Oxford (BA (hons) Economics and Management)
London School of Economics and Political Science (BSc (hons) Management)
University of Bradford (BSc (hons) Management and Business Analytics)
Loughborough University (BSc (hons) Business Analytics)
University of Exeter (BSc Business Analytics)
What are the entry requirements?
The course requires a minimum score of 6 in IELTS and three A-Levels - from A*AA to AAB grades in subjects like Maths, Business Studies, Geography, Economics, and Statistics. Other subjects that can be useful are Sociology, Psychology and even English Literature.
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