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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|
|Applications Systems Analyst||SP Technologies LLC||Washington, DC||Dec 11, 2016||$127,000|
|Capital Markets Application Systems Analyst||Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.||Charlotte, NC||Mar 21, 2016||$125,000|
|Applications Systems Analyst||Dynanet Corporation||Arlington, VA||Nov 21, 2016||$125,000|
|Applications Systems Analyst||Regions Bank||Birmingham, AL||Jul 13, 2016||$125,000|
|Principal Application Systems Analyst||Iron Bow Technologies, LLC||Chantilly, VA||Aug 23, 2016||$124,402|
|Principal Application System Analyst||Iron Bow Technologies, LLC||Chantilly, VA||Nov 14, 2015||$121,369|
|Master Application System Analyst||ECCO Select||Kansas City, MO||Jan 05, 2016||$120,640|
|Application Support Systems Analyst||Barclays Services Corp||New York, NY||Aug 07, 2016||$120,224|
|Application Systems Analyst Senior Oracle||Delta Dental of California||San Francisco, CA||Dec 12, 2016||$115,211 -
|Principal Application Systems Analyst||Iron Bow Technologies, LLC||Chantilly, VA||Jul 06, 2015||$115,000|
|Applications System Analyst II/Tibco Administrator||Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc.||Baltimore, MD||Aug 02, 2016||$114,722 -
|Lead Applications Systems Analyst||People's United Bank||Bridgeport, CT||Nov 20, 2015||$107,800|
|Principal Application Systems Analyst||Iron Bow Technologies, LLC||Chantilly, VA||Aug 17, 2015||$107,000|
|Application Systems Analyst||Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company||Omaha, NE||Oct 09, 2016||$106,500|
|Applications Systems Analyst-Specialist, Datastage Develop||Bluecross Blueshield of Tennessee||Chattanooga, TN||May 20, 2015||$86,382 -
|Applications Developer & Systems Analyst II||Fermi Research Alliance, LLC||Batavia, IL||Jun 23, 2016||$86,360 -
|Applications Developer & Systems Analyst II||Fermi Research Alliance, LLC||Batavia, IL||Jun 23, 2016||$86,070 -
|Staff Application Systems Analyst/Maximo Funct. Developer||Sodexo, Inc.||Williamsville, NY||Jun 15, 2015||$86,000 -
|Applications Systems Analyst||Robert Bosch LLC||IL||Mar 10, 2016||$85,635|
|Oracle Applications Systems Analyst||Rosendin Electric Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 13, 2015||$85,322 -
|Applications Systems Analyst||Federal-Mogul Powertrain, Inc.||Southfield, MI||Jan 26, 2015||$85,000|
|Applications Systems Analyst||Candor PS LLC||Lake Oswego, OR||Feb 13, 2015||$75,504|
|Application Systems Analyst||Candor PS, LLC||Pleasanton, CA||Mar 27, 2016||$75,504|
|Enterprise Applications Systems Analyst||Verinon Technology Solutions Ltd.||Arlington Heights, IL||Nov 28, 2016||$75,000|
|Enterprise Applications Systems Analyst||Verinon Technology Solutions Ltd.||Round Rock, TX||Nov 28, 2016||$75,000|
|Applications Systems Analyst||Bracket Global LLC||San Francisco, CA||Dec 07, 2016||$74,922|
|Applications Systems Analyst III||Strategic America, Inc.||West Des Moines, IA||Oct 01, 2015||$73,500|
|Applications Systems Analyst-Specialist||Bluecross Blueshield of Tennessee||Chattanooga, TN||Jul 01, 2015||$73,445 -
|Applications Systems Analyst/Prog-Senior||University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences||Little Rock, AR||May 16, 2016||$73,000|
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