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The goal of this guide is to give you real data what the “must haves” of business analyst resumes are.

To do that, we compiled and analyzed data from business analyst resumes and 25 business analyst job listings to get the data used for this our business analyst resume guide. 

In addition to business analyst-specific resume data, we built a database of nearly 1 million resumes and job listings, and we use a propriety machine learning model to understand the anatomy of the best resumes in general.

Quick note: using the data below can help you build a competitive resume, but it’s always important to be creative, unique, and personal to stand out.

If you want more info on our methodology, you can check it out here.

Business analyst resume objective data + business analyst objective examples

Pop quiz: do business analyst’s really need to use an objective? 

In general, whether or not you need an objective or professional summary can depend a lot on your personal career level (check out our article on resume objectives), but this is what our analysis found for business analyst’s specifically:

  • 33% of business analyst’s included an objective section
  • 27% of business analyst’s included a professional summary
  • 47% of business analyst’s included neither an objective nor a summary

Business analyst objective examples

A highly creative business analyst , and a resourceful individual looking for a responsible position to gain practical experience.

A highly creative entry level business analyst , and a resourceful individual looking for a responsible position to gain practical experience.

Seeking a Business Analyst position where I can leverage my analytical and problem-solving skills to drive business success and improve processes for a company

Aspiring to join a dynamic organization as a Business Analyst where I can utilize my expertise in data analysis and project management to deliver effective solutions and drive business growth

To secure a challenging role as a Business Analyst where I can bring my experience in requirements gathering, process improvement, and stakeholder management to make a positive impact on the company’s bottom line

Skills for business analyst resumes

These are the skills that occurred most frequently in in business analyst resumes, which means they tend to be core competencies or highly desired skills. 

Of course, you should only list skills that you actually have, and you should prioritze skills most relevant to the job you're applying for. But these are good core skills to include on your resume.

To get more detail on building a powerful skills section, take a peek at our article on resume skills.

*Note: to find skills our machine learning model basically looks for common words, so take these with a grain of salt and use your best judgment. 

Most common business analyst resume skills

Most common hard skills for business analyst resumes: collaboration, swot analysis, flexibility, risk analysis and management, and pivot.

Most common soft skills for business analyst resumes: communication skills, customer-service skills, interpersonal skills, listening skills, and patience

Other good business analyst resume skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication
  • Businesses process re-engineering
  • Public speaking
  • Benchmarking
  • Negotiation and persuasion
  • Gap analysis
  • Attention to detail
  • Organizational skills
  • Financial analysis
  • Modeling
  • Directness
  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping
  • Adaptability
  • Role change

Business analyst skills section examples

Note: these examples are formatted the same here just because it’s simple, but we have more detailed formatting advice (and examples) in our guide to resume formatting.

Business analyst skills example 1

Analytical skills | swot analysis | businesses process re-engineering | public speaking | risk analysis and management | pivot | benchmarking

Business analyst skills example 2

Communication | communication skills | negotiation and persuasion | customer-service skills | gap analysis | interpersonal skills | attention to detail

Business analyst skills example 3

Prototyping | organizational skills | patience | listening skills | modeling | customer-service skills | directness

Work experience for business analyst resumes

Your work experience section is almost always the most important part of your resume. Because it’s difficult to pull trends from this kind of section, this section is mostly just examples. 

For some advanced strategies for writing about work experience on a resume, refer to our article on building a strong work experience resume section. We also have a guide on writing a resume with no experience if you’re just starting your career.

For now, it’s good to remember that the most important experience for any business analyst resume is the most relevant experience.

A couple examples for you:

Business analyst work experience examples


Sr. Associate Business Analyst

The Helping Hands, 2021-2022


  • Monitor financial markets and the performance of individual securities
  • Contact prospective clients to present information and explain available services
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Oversee the maintenance and repair of machinery, equipment, and electrical and mechanical systems
  • Address complaints regarding food quality or service


Associate Business Analyst

Jaguar Ventures, 2016-2022


  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components, parts, and other mechanical or electrical equipment
  • Bathe animals, trim nails, clip hair, and attend to other grooming needs
  • Analyze business problems and provide solutions
  • Analyzing key aspects of business to evaluate factors driving results and summarized into presentations
  • Participate with peers and represent the business on project teams


Business Analyst Intern

Mystery Meats Co., 2009-2012


  • Developing short-term goals and long-term strategic plans to improve risk control and mitigation
  • Identifying process inefficiencies through gap analysis and outline sensible solutions
  • Meet with stakeholders to establish favorable business relationships and support mutually beneficial interests
  • Evaluating trends to understand competitive environments and assess current strategies
  • Improving business direction by prioritizing customers and implementing changes based on collected feedback

Education for business analyst resumes

For most positions, work experience is more important than education, although it can be important for new grads or for fields in which specific classes are industry-standard. 

So it’s not a big section, but it’s still important, and often, business analyst job postings list a minimum education requirement. 

Check out our blueprint for education on resumes for our full playbook on education sections.

Data from our sample of 936 business analyst resumes

  • 9% business analyst resumes listed an associate’s degree
  • 59% business analyst resumes listed a bachelor’s degree
  • 27% business analyst resumes included a masters degree
  • 1% business analyst resumes mentioned a doctoral degree

Business analyst resume education examples


Master of Arts

FLS International – Las Vegas, 2021

Awards & Honors

  • AP Scholar
  • The Honor Society
  • Foreign Language Award


Associate of Arts

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2016

Certifications for business analyst resumes

Certifications aren’t a strict requirement for every job, but there are almost always certifications you can get to boost your chances of success. 

If you want to see how to build these sections, we have a guide about certifications on resumes.

We did a little research and found certifications can help business analyst’s specifically, according to CareerOneStop.

Business analyst certification examples


Associate Business Continuity Professional

DRI International, 2021

Associate in Management

The Institutes, 2016


Associate Business Continuity Professional, Associate in Management, WSO – Certified Safety Instructor Master Level

Business analyst resume action verbs

Using our database of nearly 1,000,000 publicly available resumes, we compiled an index of action verbs and cross-referenced it with our sample of 936 business analyst resumes and job postings to uncover which action verbs are most commonly used by business analyst’s and business analyst employers.

The most common action verbs on business analyst resumes are: process, program, assist, prepare, and manage.

The most common action verbs on business analyst job postings are: lead, plan, review, test, and handle.

Other action verbs for business analyst resumes: 

  • Design
  • Field
  • Develop
  • Perform
  • Direct
  • Create
  • Monitor
  • Track
  • Organize
  • Drive

Full business analyst resume example

Lastly, we wanted to give you a couple full business analyst resume examples.. 

Please note: you can write a better resume than this. This is just a quick illustration to show you how these pieces might fit together. 

If you’d like to see “perfect” resumes, we have a showcase of resume examples.

Business analyst resume example

Kirk Jones
Business Analyst

4535 Stanton Hollow Road, Lexington, MA

Aspiring to join a dynamic organization as a Business Analyst where I can utilize my expertise in data analysis and project management to deliver effective solutions and drive business growth


Sr. Associate Business Analyst

The Helping Hands, 2021-2022


  • Evaluating the impact of current business processes on users and stakeholders and assess potential areas for improvement
  • Conducting interviews with key business users to collect information on business processes and user requirements
  • Developing diagrams to describe and lay out logical operational steps
  • Designing and administering user acceptance testing to achieve smooth transitions during installations of new software

Associate Business Analyst

Jaguar Ventures, 2016-2022


  • Assisting development staff with drafting project plans, advising personnel on milestone planning
  • Facilitating Scrum framework – sprint planning, backlog grooming, daily scrums, sprint reviews and sprint retrospectives
  • Assessing each scrum team member’s responsibilities and delegated tasks to balance each employee’s workload
  • Leading sprint reviews, daily scrums and planning meetings to realize full team engagement

Business Analyst Intern

Mystery Meats Co., 2009-2016


  • Proactively identifying and finding ways to resolve issues to prevent distractions and keep projects on track
  • Assisting with internal and external communication resulting in improved transparency
  • Working to provide continuous improvement for product development lifecycle
  • Collaborating with product owners, team members, technologists, and other scrum masters to define solutions and drive progress


Certification in Business Data Analytics

International Institute of Business Analysis, 2021

Certified Specialist Business Intelligence

Healthcare Financial Management Association, 2016


Analytical skills | benchmarking | data analysis | interpersonal skills | communication skills | collaboration | organizational skills


Master of Arts

FLS International – Las Vegas, 2021

Associate of Arts

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2016

What experts say about business analyst resumes

Before we wrap it up, we want to leave you with some advice from other experts we admire.

“You want to be selectively honest and select the skills and experiences that really qualify you most for a business analyst role, and make sure those take up the most time and space and attention on your resume.” – 8 Business Analyst Resume Secrets You Need to Know (Especially if You Don’t Have the BA Job Title)

“Create a specific summary, you need to grab the attention of recruiters and one way that you grab their attention is with your summary, so be specific again that you are qualified for and pursuing a business analyst job. This is also a great place to include the phrase certified business analyst or the specific certification you have, that might be a certification from the international institute of business analysis, or it might be applied certification in business analysis.” – 8 Business Analyst Resume Secrets You Need to Know (Especially if You Don’t Have the BA Job Title)

“Highlight your most relevant skills while of course always still being honest, so you want to go through and make sure that you identify your transferable business analysis skills.” – 8 Business Analyst Resume Secrets You Need to Know (Especially if You Don’t Have the BA Job Title)

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Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle has worked in recruiting & HR for 10 years and has taught resume writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has helped build teams at two large startups (Wyzant and, currently, Brilliant) in the last decade, which means she views hundreds of resumes per day. Michelle guides our overall resume value system, ensuring our recommendations are high-quality and effective in the current job market.

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