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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|
|Business Data Analyst||Diversant LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 08, 2016||$187,830 -
|Staff Business Data Analyst||Intuit||Mountain View, CA||Sep 03, 2016||$161,200|
|Staff Business Data Analyst||Intuit Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 28, 2016||$143,000 -
|Staff Business Data Analyst||Intuit Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Dec 26, 2015||$138,819 -
|Lead Business Intelligence Data Analyst||Biogen, Inc.||Weston, MA||Sep 20, 2016||$132,000 -
|Mts-Business Intelligence & Data Visualization Analyst||Fanatics Retail Group Fulfillment, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$130,000|
|IT Business Intelligence & Data Analyst||Bank of The West||San Ramon, CA||May 13, 2016||$130,000|
|Business/Data Analyst||Knowledgent Group Inc.||Washington, DC||Apr 18, 2016||$130,000|
|Business Intel & Data Analyst||Bank of The West||San Ramon, CA||Nov 14, 2016||$129,163|
|Principal Business Data Analyst||Itson Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Oct 10, 2016||$127,150 -
|Business Data Analyst/Strategy Analyst||University of Utah||Salt Lake City, UT||Jun 07, 2016||$81,600|
|Business Data Analyst||Medtech Staffing &Amp; Solutions, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 19, 2016||$81,500|
|Business Data Analyst||Vastika, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Sep 13, 2016||$81,393|
|Business Data Analyst||Ricefw Technologies, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 23, 2016||$81,266|
|Business/Data Analyst||ABAL Technologies, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||May 05, 2016||$81,266|
|Business Data Analyst||Ricefw Technologies, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 01, 2016||$81,266|
|Assistant Vice President; Business/Data Analyst||Bank of America N.A.||New York, NY||Nov 07, 2016||$81,266 -
|Business/Data Analyst||ABAL Technologies, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Jan 03, 2016||$81,266|
|Business Data Analyst||Ricefw Technologies Inc.||Okemos, MI||Oct 27, 2016||$68,536|
|Business Data Analyst||Semantic Research Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$68,500|
|Business Data Analyst||California Creative Solutions, Inc.||Elk Grove, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$68,495|
|Business/Data Analyst||SCM Data, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||May 19, 2015||$68,300|
|Business Data Analyst||Harmonia Holdings Group LLC||McLean, VA||Aug 15, 2016||$68,000|
|Business Data Analyst||Ellianse LLC||Hartford, CT||Aug 30, 2016||$68,000|
|Business Data Analyst||Asta CRS, Inc.||Juno Beach, FL||Feb 11, 2015||$68,000|
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