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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|
|Client Technical Application Coordinator||Northgatearinso, Inc.||Norcross, GA||Sep 02, 2012||$98,883 -
|Epic Application Coordinator||County of Santa Clara-Santa Clara VLY Med Ctr||San Jose, CA||Mar 30, 2015||$94,416 -
|Lead Application Coordinator||Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation||Baltimore, MD||Jan 01, 2015||$93,101|
|SAP Application DEV Coordinator||IBM India Private Limited||Hercules, CA||Mar 22, 2016||$92,527|
|Application Enhancement Coordinator||Comresource, Inc.||Dublin, OH||Sep 14, 2016||$86,193 -
|Application Coordinator III||Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation||Baltimore, MD||Feb 01, 2012||$85,000|
|Application Configuration Coordinator||Bechtel Corporation||Reston, VA||Jul 12, 2012||$82,380|
|Application Enhancement Coordinator||IBM India Private Limited||Columbus, OH||Jul 30, 2015||$80,895|
|Application Configuration Coordinator||Bechtel Corporation||Frederick, MD||Dec 12, 2011||$79,200 -
|Ambulatory Application Coordinator||Catholic Healthcare Partners||Cincinnati, OH||May 03, 2010||$78,000|
|Ambulatory Application Coordinator||Catholic Healthcare Partners||Cincinnati, OH||May 12, 2010||$78,000|
|Onsite Oracle Database Application Coordinator||IBM India Private Limited||Monroe, LA||Oct 02, 2016||$77,997|
|Application Enhancement Coordinator||IBM India Private Limited||Columbus, OH||Jun 17, 2014||$77,100 -
|Application Enhancement Coordinator||IBM India Private Limited||Columbus, OH||Jun 18, 2014||$77,100 -
|Application Coordinator-Epic||Mercy Health||Saint Louis, MO||Dec 10, 2012||$77,085|
|Application Coordinator||Catholic Healthcare Partners||Cincinnati, OH||Apr 19, 2010||$77,000|
|Application Coordinator||Catholic Healthcare Partners||Cincinnati, OH||Apr 26, 2010||$77,000 -
|Application Coordinator||Catholic Healthcare Partners||Cincinnati, OH||May 12, 2010||$77,000|
|Tibco Application Coordinator||IBM India Private Limited||Waukegan, IL||Dec 15, 2014||$64,043|
|Shared Services Application Coordinator & Data ANA||University of Rochester||Rochester, NY||Aug 15, 2013||$63,835|
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