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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 and Systems Integration Consultant||Accenture LLP||New York, NY||Jan 27, 2016||$195,208|
|Business Systems Consultant 6||Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.||New York, NY||Feb 29, 2016||$144,840|
|Business Systems Analysis Consultant||Dell Software Inc.||Aliso Viejo, CA||Aug 26, 2015||$134,258|
|E-Business Systems Consultant(Capital Mkts-Business Analyst)||Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.||Charlotte, NC||Aug 14, 2015||$133,972|
|Business and Systems Integration Consultant||Accenture LLP||Florham Park, NJ||Feb 17, 2016||$132,954|
|Business Systems Consultant||U.S. Bank National Association||Chicago, IL||Nov 18, 2016||$132,600|
|Business Systems Consultant||U.S. Bank National Association||Chicago, IL||Aug 31, 2015||$130,000|
|Business & System Integration Consultant||Accenture LLP||Irving, TX||May 25, 2015||$130,000|
|Business and Systems Integration Consultant||Accenture LLP||Florham Park, NJ||May 29, 2016||$127,800|
|Consultant Business Systems||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Jersey City, NJ||Feb 19, 2016||$126,422|
|Business Systems Consultant 5-Ofsaa||Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.||Charlotte, NC||Apr 05, 2016||$125,000|
|Business Systems Analysis Consultant||Dell Software, Inc.||Aliso Viejo, CA||Jul 22, 2016||$125,000|
|Business Systems Consultant||U.S. Bank National Association||Chicago, IL||Sep 26, 2016||$125,000|
|Business Systems Consultant||Bridgestone Americas, Inc.||Nashville, TN||Apr 09, 2016||$109,778|
|Business Systems Consultant||Zafin Labs (USA) Inc.||Walnut Creek, CA||Jul 16, 2015||$109,429|
|Business Systems Analysis Consultant||Dell USA L.P.||Short Hills, NJ||Jun 08, 2015||$108,366|
|Business and Systems Integration Consultant||Accenture LLP||Boca Raton, FL||Mar 21, 2016||$108,000|
|Business and Systems Integration Consultant||Accenture LLP||El Segundo, CA||Mar 21, 2016||$108,000|
|Business and Systems Integration Consultant||Accenture LLP||El Segundo, CA||Mar 17, 2016||$108,000|
|Consultant Business Systems||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Elmhurst, IL||Jan 08, 2016||$108,000|
|Consultant Business Systems||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Elmhurst, IL||Aug 18, 2015||$108,000|
|E-Business Systems Consultant||Rose International, Inc.||Richfield, MN||Mar 09, 2015||$98,089|
|Consultant Business Systems||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Elmhurst, IL||Jan 10, 2016||$97,793|
|Consultant Business Systems||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Buffalo, NY||Feb 14, 2015||$97,524|
|Consultant Business Systems||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Buffalo, NY||Jan 21, 2015||$96,346|
|E-Business System Consultant||Agama Solutions, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$96,336|
|Business Systems Consultant||Dassault Systemes Americas Corp.||Long Beach, CA||Jul 23, 2015||$96,100|
|Consultant Business Systems||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Buffalo, NY||May 14, 2016||$95,172|
|Consultant Business Systems||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Buffalo, NY||Jun 22, 2015||$95,172|
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