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  • I think an IT person will struggle to get a senior business analyst role. BAs tend to start as juniors that show potential and grow from there. I guess there is no reason why that couldn't happen for an IT person, but I think it would be entry level at first. I think a good IT practitioner could advance very quickly based on value add. One thing for sure, if you are good as a BA you will be recognised and people will want to keep you.

    Power BI developers on the other hand are employed by IT typically. That is a different job than being a self service BI user (I have done both) and didn't really like the IT variety (maybe that is just me). I do consulting/coaching work for individuals and companies, and am typically employed by business people, not IT. But it is a long road to get where I am (I am 3 years in).

    I totally believe in the future of Power BI, and there will be lots of work. Maybe you should join you local user group and meet some like minded people. You could apply for BA jobs in companies that are not anti Power BI, but you would need to be able to convince someone why your set of skills can help with their problems. I don't think there are any/many pure power bi developer jobs working for non IT departments that are not a subset Of another role.

    When I started out 3 years ago, I was lucky and got a 2 days per week part time BA role based on my ability to work with data (and my ability to convince the employer to hire me). I then set about using power pivot to do everything. No one asked for this, but that was what I did. I loved it for a few years until I got sick of IT not letting me have any access to the source data systems. You can read my story here https://powerpivotpro.com/2014/04/a-new-kind-of-secret-formula-bi-director-leaves-coca-cola-to-become-power-pivot-professional/
    And here https://powerpivotpro.com/2017/05/three-years-journey-power-bi-expert/ If that helps

    Self Service BI Expert using Power Pivot http://exceleratorbi.com.au

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