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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|
|Automation Analyst||Chevron Corporation||Midland, TX||Oct 19, 2015||$116,900|
|Lead-Custom Integration & Automation Analyst||Sara International Inc.||Sugar Land, TX||Jul 10, 2016||$107,224|
|Automation Analyst||Chevron Corporation||Midland, TX||Dec 13, 2013||$96,000|
|Analyst Automation||Jetblue Airways||Islandia, NY||Apr 22, 2016||$91,562|
|Senior Automation Analyst||Aspect Engineering Group||Bakersfield, CA||Nov 28, 2016||$90,471|
|Senior QM Automation Analyst||Staples, Inc.||Framingham, MA||May 22, 2014||$86,275|
|Senior Campaign Automation Analyst||Scottrade, Inc.||Saint Louis, MO||Nov 27, 2015||$83,000|
|Software Automation Analyst||Adi Worldlink, LLC||Mountain View, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$83,000 -
|Automation Analyst||Estrada Consulting, Inc.||Sacramento, CA||Sep 30, 2016||$81,000|
|Marketing Automation Analyst||Carbonite, Inc.||Boston, MA||Nov 28, 2016||$80,000|
|Software Automation Analyst||Adi Worldlink, LLC||Mountain View, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$79,000 -
|Automation Analyst||Chevron Corporation||Midland, TX||Dec 13, 2010||$78,400|
|Automation Analyst||3QI Labs, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 12, 2014||$76,280|
|Associate, Automation Analyst||Blackrock Investment Management, LLC||New York, NY||Dec 06, 2010||$68,370 -
|Automation Analyst||Highmark, Inc.||Pittsburgh, PA||Mar 03, 2012||$68,000|
|Automation Analyst||Playdom, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Dec 04, 2009||$67,500|
|Automation Analyst||Connexions Loyalty Travel Solutions, LLC||Eden Prairie, MN||Oct 15, 2015||$65,957|
|Analyst, Rule Automation||Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC||Newport Beach, CA||Feb 11, 2015||$65,000|
|Test Automation Analyst||Corvesta, Inc.||Roanoke, VA||Jul 21, 2014||$65,000|
|Automation Analyst||Connexions Loyalty Travel Solutions, LLC||Eden Prairie, MN||Nov 11, 2014||$63,919 -
|Automation Analyst||Tenazx Inc.||West Chester, PA||Jan 09, 2016||$62,500|
|Automation Analyst, Portfolio Analytics Group||Blackrock Financial Management, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 29, 2010||$61,942 -
|Automation Analyst (Computer Systems Analyst)||Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company||Springfield, MA||Nov 25, 2010||$61,800|
|Automation Analyst||Tenazx Inc.||Philadelphia, PA||Jul 23, 2016||$61,000|
|Automation Analyst/Engineer||USM Business Systems, Inc.||Ann Arbor, MI||Oct 03, 2012||$61,000|
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