Functional Analyst jobs

A functional analyst or engineer is a type of business analyst. This engineer specializes in a specific niche, such as a technology or business vertical.

The main difference between a business analyst and a functional analyst is the level of knowledge and in-depth expertise. A business analyst is someone who sees the larger picture while a functional analyst is someone who knows everything about a particular vertical.

For example, a functional analyst in healthcare is someone who knows all about the healthcare industry, so he or she can make appropriate suggestions to improve the efficiency and output of this industry using IT systems. They will even be able to suggest the right technologies that are most conducive for this industry.

The roles and responsibilities of a functional analyst are:

  • Should be an authority in the chosen area of specialization.
  • Analyzes the existing systems and identifies the flaws in them.
  • Suggest the right systems and the underlying technologies that will make these systems highly effective
  • Facilitate the change and configuration management necessary to make the shift to the new system.
  • Monitor the performance and come up with innovative ways to make them even better.
  • Prepare technical manuals and user reports as needed to make it easy for everyone to use the system.
  • Perform gap analysis and propose the right solutions
  • Check if the end product meets the specifications laid down at the beginning of the product cycle.

To become a functional analyst, you need a computer engineering degree.