Consulting & Strategy

Decision Support Analyst

Decision support analysts analyse and interpret information to identify options and advise their organisations on which ones to implement.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Decision Support Analyst do?

Decision support analysts analyse and interpret information to identify options and advise their organisations on which ones to implement.

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Work activities

As a decision support analyst, you would:

  • speak to stakeholders about their development strategy to find out what they want the business to achieve
  • carry out fact finding tasks into a business's processes to see what they do and how they do it
  • structure decision problems into algorithms
  • use data modelling and data analysis to come up with recommendations for changes and improvements
  • interpret data to solve tactical and strategic choice problems
  • look at the potential impact and risks of recommendations
  • explain the pros and cons of recommendation options to the business.
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Key skills and interests

To become a decision support analyst, you would need:

  • the ability to see problems from different angles and to solve them
  • excellent analytical skills
  • to be able to interpret large amounts of data
  • the ability to pay close attention to detail
  • excellent communication skills
  • excellent teamwork skills and the ability to work with people at all levels.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would usually work normal office hours, Monday to Friday. There may be some overtime necessary when project deadlines are close. Part-time or flexible work arrangement should be possible.

Conditions

You would usually office-based, although you may spend time travelling between sites if you work for a larger organisation. You may work directly for a corporate, or for a consulting company that works in business process re-engineering, data analytics or general consulting.

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How to become an Decision Support Analyst?

Entry Level Education

To become a decision support analyst you usually have to complete a degree in information technology, information systems, analytics, statistics or business/commerce. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and mathematics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of decision support analysts is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

Demand is expected to grow as organisations seek ways to improve efficiency and control costs. As markets become more competitive, companies will need to use resources more efficiently. Government agencies will also seek the services of decision support analysts as they look for ways to reduce spending, improve efficiency and conduct business more effectively.

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