I just realized that what I love to do and have always done best is business analysis. But I am a civil engineer, have no desire to be in IT. I know I can be successful in many other areas but do not want to label myself as a business analyst if it will come across that I am an IT person. Thank you.
This is an interesting question and my answers has two perspectives. First, from a pure role definition perspective, nothing about business analysis necessitates working with IT. The BABOK defines business analysis as follows:
Business analysis is the set of tasks and techniques used to work as a liaison among
stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization,
and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.
Within this definition business analysis can include a IT projects, but it can also focus on business process or policy changes or organizational operations. The BABOK also stresses that you can be a business analyst operating under a different title. Business analysis is more about the activities you do than the title you have (or what you choose to call yourself).
But the reality is that *most* business analyst jobs you see listed today do involve some work with information systems. So the use of the term “business analyst” does confer some relationship of IT, though not to the degree of terms like programmer analyst, systems analyst, and technical analyst. Since you are concerned with labeling yourself as an IT person, you are probably concerned with how the term is used more than how it should be used.
One way to handle this, is if you are applying for a process-oriented position, label yourself as a “business process analyst” or “business operations analyst”. You can still pursue BA training opportunities and use BA tools to build your professional knowledge, without being constrained by the term as it’s currently used.