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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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Hispanic or Latino7.6%
Black or African American1.0%
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University of Phoenix22.5%
University of Memphis7.9%
George Mason University7.9%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro6.7%
Christian Brothers University4.5%
Colorado Technical University4.5%
George Washington University4.5%
University of Maryland - University College3.4%
North Carolina State University3.4%
University of Missouri - Columbia3.4%
Wake Technical Community College3.4%
University of Houston - Victoria2.2%
Florida Atlantic University2.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Finance Business Applications Analyst||Yelp Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 07, 2016||$142,800|
|Financial Business Applications Analyst||Yelp Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 08, 2013||$135,446|
|Finance Business Applications Analyst||Yelp, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 29, 2014||$135,000|
|Business Application Analyst||FMC Technologies||Houston, TX||Nov 22, 2016||$130,000|
|IT Business System Applications Analyst II||American Bureau of Shipping (Abs)||Houston, TX||Jan 06, 2016||$118,000|
|Business Application Analyst||The Climate Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Jun 30, 2016||$117,603 -
|Business Intelligence Applications Analyst/Developer||Plantronics, Inc.||Santa Cruz, CA||May 02, 2016||$116,085|
|Business Applications Analyst III||Sap Labs, LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Apr 23, 2014||$116,053|
|Senior Business Applications Analyst||American Tower Corporation||Woburn, MA||Oct 12, 2015||$115,000|
|Expert Business Applications Analyst, SAP||SONY Electronics, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Sep 17, 2016||$112,194|
|Business Applications Analyst||Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC||Phoenix, AZ||Sep 05, 2016||$110,000|
|Business Applications Analyst||Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC||Phoenix, AZ||May 09, 2016||$110,000|
|Business Application Analyst||The Climate Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Oct 13, 2014||$110,000|
|Expert Business Applications Analyst, SAP||SONY Electronics, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Oct 12, 2014||$108,401|
|SR. Business Applications Analyst||SONY Electronics, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 26, 2016||$93,600|
|Business Application Analyst||Roush Management, L.L.C.||Farmington, MI||Apr 21, 2016||$93,246|
|Business Application Analyst||Roush Management, L.L.C.||Farmington, MI||Apr 22, 2013||$92,000|
|Business Application Analyst||Roush Management LLC||Farmington, MI||Sep 01, 2015||$92,000|
|Business Applications Analyst||Superior Court of Ca County of Santa Cruz||Santa Cruz, CA||Jan 02, 2016||$91,038|
|SR. Business Applications Analyst||SONY Electronics Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jan 07, 2016||$90,000|
|Senior Business Application Analyst||SONY Electronics Inc.||San Diego, CA||Nov 26, 2014||$90,000|
|Business Applications Analyst||Enrich LLC||San Francisco, CA||Dec 22, 2014||$90,000|
|Senior Business Applications Analyst||Fedex Corporate Services Inc.||Collierville, TN||May 01, 2015||$80,101 -
|Business Applications Analyst||American Tower Corporation||Cary, NC||Aug 23, 2016||$80,000|
|Business Applications Analyst||Sap America, Inc.||Newtown, PA||Sep 30, 2015||$78,971|
|Business Applications Analyst||Poclain Hydraulics, Inc.||Sturtevant, WI||Oct 01, 2014||$77,147 -
|Analyst II, SAP Business Applications||Shure Incorporated||Niles, IL||May 04, 2015||$75,352 -
|Business Applications Analyst||Huron Consulting Services LLC||Lake Oswego, OR||Aug 19, 2015||$75,130|
|Business Applications Analyst||Consultadd Inc.||North Wales, PA||Sep 02, 2013||$75,000|
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