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A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.Education
Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.
Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.
Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.
Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.
Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.Advancement
With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.
Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.
Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Lead Modeling Analyst||Marketing Evolution, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 20, 2016||$260,875|
|Lead Modeling Analyst||Marketing Evolution, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 26, 2016||$260,875|
|Vice President, Business Analyst Lead||JP Morgan Chase & Co||New York, NY||Jun 05, 2016||$200,928|
|Business Analyst Lead||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Jersey City, NJ||Jul 01, 2016||$175,000|
|Risk Analyst Lead, Model Validation Governance||AIG Employee Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 18, 2016||$172,037|
|Business Analyst Lead, Market Risk IT||JP Morgan Chase & Co||New York, NY||Mar 23, 2016||$164,466|
|Vice President, Business Analyst Lead||Jpmorgan Chase & Co||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$155,000|
|Business Analyst Lead||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Feb 10, 2015||$155,000|
|Lead Analyst||Ubiquiti Networks, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 10, 2015||$153,000|
|Lead Analyst||Persistent Systems Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Mar 12, 2015||$152,776|
|Lead Analyst||Jade Global Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 12, 2015||$152,776|
|Lead Analyst||Infospan, Inc.||Falls Church, VA||Nov 25, 2015||$150,779|
|BSM Lead Analyst||Citibank, N.A||New York, NY||Feb 17, 2015||$150,654|
|Business Analyst Lead||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Jersey City, NJ||Jul 12, 2015||$150,000|
|Lead Hrst Analyst||Cox Enterprises, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Nov 07, 2016||$104,770 -
|Lead Hrst Analyst||Cox Enterprises, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Jul 11, 2016||$104,770 -
|Client Server Software Analyst Lead||Total System Services, Inc. (TSYS, Inc.)||Alpharetta, GA||Jan 29, 2016||$104,437|
|Specialist-Technology/Clarity Analyst/Lead||Synechron, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 10, 2016||$103,779|
|Lead Analyst||Techligent, Inc.||Vienna, VA||Jan 08, 2016||$103,750|
|Lead Analyst||Xceltech, Inc.||Dunn Loring, VA||Jul 29, 2016||$103,750|
|Lead Analyst||Xceltech, Inc.||Dunn Loring, VA||Jun 20, 2016||$103,750|
|Lead Analyst||Concepts Information Technology Inc.||Vienna, VA||Nov 30, 2016||$103,750|
|Business Analyst Lead||Fiserv Global Services, Inc.||Stamford, CT||Jul 06, 2015||$83,637 -
|Lead Analyst||Prosoft Technology Group Inc.||Irving, TX||May 25, 2016||$83,480 -
|Requirements Analyst Lead||Populus Group LLC||Dublin, OH||Jul 11, 2016||$83,480|
|Requirements Analyst Lead||Populus Group LLC||Dublin, OH||Jun 12, 2016||$83,480|
|Quality/Test Analyst Lead||Bioinfo Systems LLC||Wilmington, DE||Jun 11, 2015||$83,480|
|Requirements Analyst Lead||Populus Group LLC||Columbus, OH||Jul 11, 2016||$83,480|
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