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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.
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University of Phoenix17.1%
University of Texas at Austin7.6%
University of Massachusetts Amherst4.8%
University of Washington4.3%
College of Charleston4.3%
Pennsylvania State University4.3%
Ball State University4.3%
George Washington University3.8%
University of Southern California3.8%
Brigham Young University3.3%
University of Maryland - College Park3.3%
University of Maryland - University College3.3%
University of Illinois at Chicago3.3%
University of Connecticut3.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|AIS Business Applications Consultant III||The Bank of New York Mellon||New York, NY||May 31, 2016||$155,000|
|Manager II, Applications Consulting||Synopsys, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 29, 2015||$146,744 -
|Senior Applications Consultant||Capgemini America, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Aug 22, 2016||$143,000|
|Applications Consultant||Capgemini America Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Aug 26, 2016||$142,400|
|Applications Consultant||Capgemini America Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Aug 24, 2016||$142,400|
|Applications Consultant, Staff||Synopsys, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 24, 2016||$138,720 -
|Applications Consultant||Capgemini America Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Aug 24, 2016||$136,700|
|Applications Consultant, SR. Staff||Synopsys, Inc.||Austin, TX||Feb 10, 2015||$136,000 -
|Application Consultant SAP Quality Management||EMD Millipore Corporation||Billerica, MA||Sep 06, 2016||$135,000 -
|Applications Consultant, Staff||Synopsys, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Dec 20, 2016||$134,803 -
|Applications Consultant||Synopsys, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Feb 25, 2016||$134,216 -
|Applications Consultant||Synopsys, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$134,216 -
|Applications Consultant||Synopsys, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$133,979 -
|Technology Applications Consultant||Humana at Home, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 30, 2015||$91,562 -
|Applications Consultant 2||Capgemini America Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 23, 2016||$91,562 -
|Applications Consultant 2||Capgemini America, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Nov 07, 2016||$91,562 -
|Applications Consultant 3||Capgemini America Inc.||Arlington Heights, IL||Dec 27, 2016||$91,541|
|Applications Consultant||Capgemini America Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Sep 16, 2016||$91,300|
|Applications Consultant||Capgemini America Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Aug 21, 2016||$91,300|
|Applications Consultant||Capgemini America Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Aug 23, 2016||$91,300|
|Applications Consultant||Synopsys, Inc.||Austin, TX||Jul 01, 2015||$79,404 -
|Applications Consultant 2||Capgemini America Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Jul 27, 2016||$79,400|
|Applications Consultant 2||Capgemini America Inc.||Mooresville, NC||Aug 29, 2016||$79,400|
|Applications Consultant 2||Capgemini America Inc.||Fort Mill, SC||Aug 24, 2016||$79,400|
|Applications Consultant 2||Capgemini America Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Aug 22, 2016||$79,400|
|Applications Consultant 2||Capgemini America Inc.||Mooresville, NC||Aug 22, 2016||$79,400|
|Applications Consultant 2||Capgemini America Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Aug 29, 2016||$79,400|
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