Data Analyst vs Business Analyst | Which Is Right For You?


Business Analysts and Data Analysts are some of the most sought after jobs in the data world. Both share similar work, but the responsibilities can be quite different. Let’s take a look at these two positions and see which one is right for you!

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  2. I have tech skills like R, python, SQL, power BI, MSvDynamics 365 but I will like to work as a Business analyst first before switching to a Data Analyst along the line. Really need to understand business processes and be able to translate customers needs to a data analytics problem. Have a BSc in business information systems.

  3. Unfortunately job titles dont match job descriptions because of who writes the job description and also who is managing the employees. Business analyst and system analyst can be the same when management does not define the appropriate role and functions of those doing the job.

  4. Thank you for the brief and really informative content. I just finished my first ever data related course “IBM Data Science Certificate” on Coursera. But I’m not confident enough to start a new career. What should I learn next to become confident enough? Thanks in advance

  5. Thank you for your post. And you are spot on. I am a clinical business system analyst lead. and part of our requirements are creating the business requirements, functional requirements and non functional requirements. We do not solution that is for the data Analysts. However in Dallas the mid level is around 75k I am at 117K. However I am the clinical lead and been performing this roll starting in 2006. Again thank you for the post

  6. I'm looking at a post grad that combines both business analytics and data science. I'm looking to get out of nursing and maximize my income . I'm worried because I have the personality of a Dominatrix but I want to be able to get along with people. I just can't tolerate them for very long.

  7. Many business schools teach their students R/Python, Tableau/Power BI, Data Modeling, and Excel as part of their business analytics major. Just thought I should let you know since your Skills slide could make you think otherwise. Great video and thanks for explaining the difference!

  8. Hey Alex thanks a lot for this video, really informative and perfect timing as I have recently graduated and want to enter the market. I am currently trying to learn SQL, as I worked only with Python and R during my master's in Business Administration. You have basically assisted with my decision to focus more on Business Analyst positions. My question is where would you suggest to start with mastering SQL assuming you were a sort of newbie like myself. So far I have had trouble with that, only watched some videos on YouTube and even finding the right version (I work with a MacBook Pro) has been a challenge. Would highly appreciate your input. Thanks in any case!

  9. Alex, I am 2 weeks away from a learning program at TAMU. A 6 month training program to earn certificates towards Data Analytics. I’m super excited and nervous. I will continue to watch your videos for direction and information. Thank you brother for the inspiration