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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|
|Application Analyst||Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP||New York, NY||Apr 15, 2016||$144,600|
|Oricle Application Analyst||Vigilant Technologies LLC||Huntersville, NC||Nov 19, 2016||$138,000|
|Application Analyst||Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP||New York, NY||Mar 09, 2015||$136,200|
|Specialist-Applications Analyst/Programmer||Hitachi Data Systems Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Jun 20, 2016||$135,000|
|Applications Analyst/Developer||Triune Infomatics Inc.||Fremont, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$135,000|
|Principal Applications Analyst||Herbalife International of America, Inc.||Winston-Salem, NC||Feb 04, 2015||$133,127|
|Principal Applications Analyst||Herbalife International||Winston-Salem, NC||Apr 13, 2016||$133,127|
|Applications Analyst||Ardagh Metal Beverage USA Inc.||Chicago, IL||Jun 29, 2016||$131,735 -
|Principal, Applications Analyst||Herbalife International||Torrance, CA||Oct 23, 2015||$131,538|
|Applications Analyst||Lumentum Operations LLC||Milpitas, CA||Apr 18, 2016||$131,269|
|Oracle Applications Analyst||Jade Global, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 21, 2016||$130,471|
|ERP Application Analyst 3||Garmin International, Inc.||Olathe, KS||Apr 27, 2015||$130,000|
|Oracle Applications Analyst||Thatone Company||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 06, 2016||$130,000|
|Oracle Applications Analyst||Thatone Company||Santa Clara, CA||Jun 13, 2016||$130,000|
|System Application Analyst||Oregon Health & Science University||Portland, OR||May 11, 2016||$90,194|
|Applications Analyst II||Avaya Inc.||Coppell, TX||Sep 13, 2016||$90,000|
|Oracle Application Analyst||Total System Services Us, Inc.||Reston, VA||Jan 09, 2016||$90,000|
|Applications Analyst||First Data Resources, LLC||Omaha, NE||Aug 20, 2015||$90,000|
|Oracle Applications Analyst||Jade||Fremont, CA||Jun 23, 2016||$90,000|
|Applications Analyst||First Data Merchant Services Corporation||Atlanta, GA||Mar 16, 2015||$90,000|
|Applications Analyst||Global It Inc.||Sterling, VA||Jun 01, 2015||$90,000|
|Application Analyst||OKTA, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 30, 2015||$76,000 -
|Applications Analyst||Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc.||Saint Louis, MO||Dec 08, 2016||$75,525|
|Applications Analyst||Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc.||Plano, TX||Aug 13, 2015||$75,525|
|Applications Analyst||Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Oct 13, 2015||$75,421|
|Applications Analyst||Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Sep 09, 2016||$75,421|
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