Business Intelligence Analysts

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Produce financial and market intelligence by querying data repositories and generating periodic reports. Devise methods for identifying data patterns and trends in available information sources.

Sample of reported job titles: Business Intelligence Analyst, Competitive Intelligence Analyst, Data Analyst, Intelligence Analyst, Market Intelligence Analyst, Market Intelligence Consultant, Strategic Business and Technology Intelligence Consultant, Strategist

Occupation-Specific Information

Tasks

  • Generate standard or custom reports summarizing business, financial, or economic data for review by executives, managers, clients, and other stakeholders.
  • Synthesize current business intelligence or trend data to support recommendations for action.
  • Maintain library of model documents, templates, or other reusable knowledge assets.
  • Create business intelligence tools or systems, including design of related databases, spreadsheets, or outputs.
  • Manage timely flow of business intelligence information to users.
  • Collect business intelligence data from available industry reports, public information, field reports, or purchased sources.
  • Analyze competitive market strategies through analysis of related product, market, or share trends.
  • Maintain or update business intelligence tools, databases, dashboards, systems, or methods.
  • Identify or monitor current and potential customers, using business intelligence tools.
  • Disseminate information regarding tools, reports, or metadata enhancements.
  • Provide technical support for existing reports, dashboards, or other tools.
  • Identify and analyze industry or geographic trends with business strategy implications.
  • Communicate with customers, competitors, suppliers, professional organizations, or others to stay abreast of industry or business trends.
  • Create or review technical design documentation to ensure the accurate development of reporting solutions.
  • Analyze technology trends to identify markets for future product development or to improve sales of existing products.
  • Conduct or coordinate tests to ensure that intelligence is consistent with defined needs.
  • Document specifications for business intelligence or information technology reports, dashboards, or other outputs.

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Technology Skills

  • Access software — Citrix cloud computing software
  • Accounting software — Fund accounting software; Tax software
  • Analytical or scientific software — IBM SPSS Statistics Hot technology ; Minitab Hot technology ; SAS statistical software; The MathWorks MATLAB Hot technology ; 2 more
  • Application server software — GitHub Hot technology ; Oracle WebLogic Server Hot technology ; Red Hat WildFly Hot technology
  • Backup or archival software — Veritas NetBackup
  • Business intelligence and data analysis software — Apache Spark Hot technology ; MicroStrategy Hot technology ; Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Hot technology ; Qlik Tech QlikView Hot technology ; 2 more
  • Cloud-based data access and sharing software — Microsoft SharePoint Hot technology
  • Cloud-based management software — IBM WebSphere Hot technology ; Splunk Enterprise Hot technology
  • Communications server software — IBM Domino
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — PTC Creo Parametric
  • Content workflow software — Atlassian JIRA Hot technology
  • Customer relationship management CRM software — Blackbaud The Raiser's Edge; Oracle Eloqua; Oracle Siebel Marketing Resource Management; Salesforce software Hot technology
  • Data base management system software — Amazon DynamoDB Hot technology ; Apache Hive Hot technology ; Elasticsearch Hot technology ; MongoDB Hot technology ; 9 more
  • Data base reporting software — Information Builders WebFOCUS; Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services SSRS; SAP Crystal Reports Hot technology ; SiSense Prism; 3 more
  • Data base user interface and query software — Airtable; Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud EC2 Hot technology ; Oracle JDBC Hot technology ; Transact-SQL Hot technology ; 10 more
  • Data mining software — Data warehouse software; Google Analytics Hot technology ; Informatica Data Explorer; SAP NetWeaver BW
  • Desktop communications software — Eko; Skype
  • Desktop publishing software — Microsoft Publisher
  • Development environment software — Apache Ant Hot technology ; Apache Kafka Hot technology ; Common business oriented language COBOL Hot technology ; Go Hot technology ; 13 more
  • Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat Hot technology
  • Electronic mail software — IBM Notes Hot technology ; Microsoft Exchange Hot technology ; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML Hot technology ; IBM InfoSphere DataStage; Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services SSIS Hot technology ; SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — Microsoft Dynamics GP Hot technology ; NetSuite ERP Hot technology ; Oracle Hyperion Hot technology ; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Hot technology ; 6 more
  • Enterprise system management software — IBM Power Systems software
  • File versioning software — Git Hot technology
  • Financial analysis software — Delphi Technology; IBM Unica Enterprise; Oracle E-Business Suite Financials
  • Geographic information system — ESRI ArcGIS software Hot technology ; Geographic information system GIS software Hot technology
  • Graphical user interface development software — Salesforce Visualforce Hot technology
  • Human resources software — Human resource management software HRMS; Oracle Taleo Hot technology
  • Information retrieval or search software — LexisNexis
  • Medical software — Epic Systems Hot technology ; Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS Hot technology ; Medical condition coding software Hot technology ; MEDITECH software Hot technology ; 1 more
  • Metadata management software — CA Erwin Data Modeler; Data modeling software
  • Network monitoring software — Nagios Hot technology ; Wireshark Hot technology
  • Network security and virtual private network VPN equipment software — Virtual private networking VPN software Hot technology
  • Object or component oriented development software — Advanced business application programming ABAP Hot technology ; Apache Groovy Hot technology ; jQuery Hot technology ; Scala Hot technology ; 9 more
  • Object oriented data base management software — Hibernate ORM; PostgreSQL Hot technology
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows Server Hot technology ; Oracle Solaris Hot technology ; Red Hat Enterprise Linux Hot technology ; UNIX Shell Hot technology ; 8 more
  • Portal server software — Apache HTTP Server Hot technology
  • Presentation software — Google Slides; Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Process mapping and design software — Microsoft Visio Hot technology
  • Program testing software — Hewlett Packard LoadRunner
  • Project management software — Confluence Hot technology ; Microsoft Project Hot technology ; Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Hot technology
  • Requirements analysis and system architecture software — Unified modeling language UML Hot technology
  • Sales and marketing software — Google AdWords Hot technology ; Marketo Marketing Automation Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Transaction security and virus protection software — McAfee; NortonLifeLock cybersecurity software
  • Transaction server software — Customer information control system CICS
  • Video creation and editing software — YouTube Hot technology
  • Web page creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver; Facebook Hot technology ; Google Sites
  • Web platform development software — Apache Tomcat Hot technology ; Django Hot technology ; JavaScript Object Notation JSON Hot technology ; Microsoft ASP.NET Hot technology ; 13 more
  • Word processing software — Google Docs Hot technology ; Microsoft Word Hot technology
Hot technology Hot Technologies are requirements frequently included in employer job postings.

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Occupational Requirements

Work Activities

  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Working with Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Providing Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Judging the Qualities of Objects, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
  • Communicating with People Outside the Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.

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Detailed Work Activities

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 90% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting — 76% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 52% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Telephone — 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 76% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 48% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 48% responded “Very important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 67% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Contact With Others — 52% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Time Pressure — 43% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 38% responded “Very important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 67% responded “40 hours.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 40% responded “Important results.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 33% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 29% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Letters and Memos — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 38% responded “Important.”
  • Level of Competition — 62% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 30% responded “Continually or almost continually.”

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Experience Requirements

Job Zone

Title
Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples
Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range
2-4 years of preparation (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Training & Credentials

State training
Local training
Certifications
Apprenticeships
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Worker Requirements

Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Knowledge

  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Education

How much education does a new hire need to perform a job in this occupation? Respondents said:

  • 76%
     
    responded: Bachelor’s degree required
  • 14%
     
    responded: Master’s degree requiredmore info
  • 5%
     
    responded: Post-baccalaureate certificate required

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Worker Characteristics

Abilities

  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

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Interests

Interest code: IEC
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  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

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Work Values

  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
  • Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Work Styles

  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Self-Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

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Workforce Characteristics

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Mathematical Science Occupations.
Employment data for Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other.
Industry data for Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other.
Median wages (2021)
$47.44 hourly, $98,680 annual
State wages
Local wages
Employment (2020)
63,200 employees
Projected growth (2020-2030)
Much faster than average (15% or higher)
Projected job openings (2020-2030)
7,100
State trends
Top industries (2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data external site and 2020-2030 employment projections external site. “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

State job openings
Local job openings

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Sources of Additional Information

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