Careers in Business Analytics

Job Outlook

The tremendous volume of data collected by modern organizations to support decision making has made careers in business analytics one of the fastest growing opportunities for aspiring business professionals. For over a decade, business analytics and related technologies have been the largest investment made by IT organizations. This reflects the importance of business analytics to modern organizations, and they clearly recognize the importance of a highly skilled workforce. Organizations rank the technical skills associated with business analytics as the second most important skill for the organization and the second most difficult to find. As a result, almost one third of IT jobs are in analytics and salaries have grown by over 30% over the last several years. The job outlook for motivated graduates with a degree in business analytics is excellent.

Career Options for IT Majors

All functions within modern organizations collect large volumes of data to aid leaders in decision making. As a result, those with a business analytics degree enjoy a great deal of options when it comes to the types of jobs available and they may apply their business knowledge and analytical skills in a wide array of business functional areas. Example positions for business analytics majors include:

  • Advertising
  • Balanced Scorecard
  • Business Intelligence
  • Cost Analysis
  • Engineering Economics
  • Financial Analysis
  • Human Resource Management
  • Insurance
  • International Management
  • Investment Analysis
  • Logistics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Management Consulting
  • Managerial Accounting Analysis
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Materials Management
  • Process and Systems Design
  • Purchasing
  • Quality Control
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management
  • Sales Analyses
  • Six Sigma Analyses
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Integration
  • Preparation for Graduate Studies

Additional Information

Additional information about business analytics occupations and salaries is available below:

The Career Resource Center also maintains information about job opportunities about this and other disciplines.

Direct contact with professionals working in business analytics is possible by contacting the Department Undergraduate Coordinator, other faculty members of the ITDS Department, and by participating in Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) events.