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Working As A Business Systems Specialist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $98,216

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Systems Specialist Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become A Business Systems Specialist

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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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.2%
Specialist 3.5%
Technician 2.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.0%
Manager 3.7%

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Business Systems Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

52.7%

Male

45.5%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Asian

10.0%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.8%

Chinese

15.4%

French

7.7%

Gujarati

7.7%

Carrier

7.7%

Hindi

7.7%
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Business Systems Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.8%

University of Connecticut

6.3%

Southern Connecticut State University

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

Columbus State University

4.7%

Central Connecticut State University

4.7%

California State University - Fullerton

4.7%

Troy University

4.7%

Merrimack College

4.7%

Santa Rosa Junior College

4.7%

University of Oklahoma

4.7%

Walden University

4.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%

University of Maryland - University College

3.1%

Saint Joseph's University

3.1%

University of Memphis

3.1%

Saint John's University - New York

3.1%

Temple University

3.1%

Boston University

3.1%

Marist College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

32.2%

Computer Science

15.1%

Computer Information Systems

7.8%

Management Information Systems

5.3%

Finance

4.9%

Accounting

4.9%

Management

3.3%

Human Resources Management

3.3%

Information Systems

2.9%

Psychology

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

Economics

1.6%

Nursing

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Project Management

1.2%

Computer Programming

1.2%

Computer Engineering

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.3%

Masters

27.0%

Other

17.9%

Associate

9.4%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real Business Systems Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Systems Configuration Specialist (Software Developm Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Union, NJ Oct 25, 2016 $145,000
Business Systems Config. Specialist (Software Development) Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Jersey City, NJ Feb 29, 2016 $145,000
Senior Business Systems Specialist Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital at Stanford Menlo Park, CA Jul 27, 2016 $137,042 -
$153,483
SR. Business Systems Design Specialist Valero Energy Corp San Antonio, TX Jul 07, 2016 $133,025
SR. Business Systems Design Specialist Valero Energy Corporation San Antonio, TX Mar 09, 2016 $127,552
Business Systems Analysis Specialist Express Scripts Services Co. Orlando, FL Feb 20, 2016 $120,854
Senior Business Systems Specialist Stanford Hospital & Clinics/LPCH Palo Alto, CA Nov 12, 2012 $120,000
Senior Business Systems Specialist Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. Morgantown, WV Jan 30, 2015 $120,000
Senior Business Systems Specialist Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. Morgantown, WV Mar 08, 2012 $120,000
Business Systems Specialist Consumers Union of United States Inc. Yonkers, NY Dec 01, 2015 $119,640
Senior Business Systems Specialist Stanford Hospital & Clinics/LPCH Palo Alto, CA Nov 12, 2012 $119,000
Senior Business Systems Design Specialist Valero Energy Corporation San Antonio, TX Jan 09, 2016 $118,229
Business Systems Design Specialist Valero Energy Corp San Antonio, TX Apr 18, 2016 $117,281
Business Systems Specialist Stanford Hospital & Clinics/LPCH Palo Alto, CA Dec 10, 2012 $105,000
Business System Specialist Open Access Technology International, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Oct 01, 2010 $100,663
Business Process and Systems Integration Specialist The Heil Co. Chattanooga, TN Sep 18, 2015 $100,000 -
$115,000
Business Systems Specialist Dynamic Enterprise Solutions Inc. Schaumburg, IL Jul 19, 2011 $100,000
Business Systems Design Specialist-SD & MM Valero Energy Corporation San Antonio, TX Aug 21, 2016 $99,949
Business Systems Specialist RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Boston, MA Jul 15, 2013 $98,821 -
$138,500
Business Systems Specialist Hospira, Inc. Lake Forest, IL Oct 01, 2009 $97,650
Business Systems Specialist ASD Specialty Healthcare, Inc. Frisco, TX Oct 01, 2015 $84,429 -
$119,300
Financial Business Systems Specialist Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. Morgantown, WV Dec 27, 2010 $84,000
Business Systems Specialist Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. Morgantown, WV Jun 14, 2012 $84,000
Business Systems Specialist III ASD Specialty Healthcare, Inc. Frisco, TX Oct 01, 2014 $83,502 -
$117,400
Business System Expert Jabil Circuit, Inc. Tempe, AZ Sep 01, 2010 $80,000
Business Systems Specialist Technoseva, Inc. Golden Valley, MN Feb 09, 2016 $79,040
Business Systems Analysis Specialist Perot Systems Healthcare Services LLC Wellesley, MA Nov 16, 2009 $78,187 -
$96,200
Business Systems Analysis Specialist Perot Systems Healthcare Services LLC Wellesley, MA Nov 09, 2009 $78,187 -
$96,200

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Top Skills for A Business Systems Specialist

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  1. Business Requirements
  2. Business Systems
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  • Performed critical-analysis and defined business requirements to implement new modules for back-office financial planning and budgeting system (SAP).
  • Represented Operations Division in supporting the installation of business systems that maximize the opportunity to appropriately process claim through system.
  • Instructed end users new technology and enhancements using all appropriate communication tools as well as providing support for existing system procedures.
  • Implemented extensive SQL performance and application improvements to mitigate increased processing volume to support organizational consolidations.
  • Provided project management support for the Property & Casualty business unit's technology initiatives.

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