As it stands, my line of work as a Business Analyst is currently in-demand and pays fairly well. There are several paths one can take to become a business analyst. Some people come from a computer science background, others from a business background. The latter would be the path with less math.[/quote]
For someone approaching this career from a non-technical side, what would be the recommended course of action?
As in what kind of technical skills should I look to develop make me a more rounded candidate for a business analysis/intelligence job? [/quote]
Without knowing much about your situation I can only give you very general advice. The best way to break into this line of work, generally speaking, is to become a member of an ERP software implementation team. These are long projects, often measured in years, that large and mid-size companies undertake in order to implement complex software that models their business processes and handles their accounting.
The skill set required for this job (from a non-technical side) can be quite broad, depending on the size of the company. Generally speaking, you need to be an expert in some area of business, such as transportation, manufacturing, marketing, warehousing, sales, quality control, accounting, planning, etc. Having literacy in more than one is good. Having literacy or expertise in all of those is best.
This job is all about making sure that the business software accurately models the business processes, so being literate in whatever system you are implementing is also very important.
Again, this is general advice. YMMV.