Be the one gathering intelligence, helping to gain a competitive edge, or prevent and solve crimes.

Career Overview

In the era of big data, there is a growing demand for experts with the knowledge and applied skills to assemble and analyze data. These business and intelligence analysts serve in a wide range of industries and sectors. This includes organizations in financial services, law enforcement and national security to health care, real estate, marketing and non-profit community services.

Analysts play a key role in addressing some of the most difficult issues today including theft, fraud, cybercrime and terrorism. They also help support an organization’s strategic needs. They help mitigate and manage risk, build competitive profiles of organizations, and help find new opportunities for growth.

Analyst Roles
  • Intelligence analyst/officer

  • Crime analyst

  • Cybercrime analyst

  • Business analyst

  • Financial analyst

  • Risk manager

  • Fraud investigator/examiner

  • Compliance officer/investigator

  • Competitive intelligence professional

Career Prospects

There is growing demand across Canada and internationally for individuals with intelligence analysis skills.

According to Statistics Canada, more than 50,000 jobs in Canada will be open in this field over the next decade for positions ranging from intelligence analyst/officer and investigator to market intelligence analyst, risk management analyst, corporate risk manager and cybersecurity professionals.

While some of the career opportunities will be due to retirements, a significant portion will be due to economic growth and increased demand for intelligence/business analysts to meet new market demands and crime prevention initiatives at the local, national and international levels.

Personal Qualifications

  • Strong ability to coordinate and organize

  • Demonstrated analytical aptitude and training

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships

  • Curiosity and strong personal integrity

  • Strong time management skills

Minimum Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in a related area of study is often required for analyst positions. A graduate-level program may also be required or preferred, in addition to a number of years of relevant work experience.

Additional professional certifications and training may also be required depending on the career path.


Explore programs in this area of study

Intelligence Analysis
Graduate Certificate
Cybercrime Analysis
Graduate Certificate
Malware Detection & Protection Basics
Basics of Defending Against Cybercrime
Essentials of Investigating Cybercrime
Tactical Criminal Analysis
Graduate Certificate
​​​​​​​Casey Solis is an investigations manager at Canada's largest risk mitigation and investigation firm. Thanks to her JIBC education in intelligence analysis, she assists clients in a wide range of areas, from mergers and acquisitions to threat risk assessments.

Be the one gathering intelligence

The uncovering of fraud, the safety of a community, the fate of billion-dollar corporate deals, protecting intangible assets, ensuring operational continuity, and reducing risk and minimizing loss. They can all depend on the work done by the growing number of intelligence and research analysts like Casey Solis.

In her work as a compliance investigator, Luiza Urbanczyk regularly uses the analytical techniques and investigative methods she learned while completing JIBC graduate certificates in Intelligence Analysis and Tactical Criminal Analysis.

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