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 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 -
|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||Mar 08, 2012||$120,000|
|Senior Business Systems Specialist||Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.||Morgantown, WV||Jan 30, 2015||$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 Intelligence Systems Specialist||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 21, 2015||$117,603|
|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 -
|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 -
|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 -
|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 -
|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 -
|Business Systems Analysis Specialist||Perot Systems Healthcare Services LLC||Wellesley, MA||Nov 09, 2009||$78,187 -
|Enterprise Business System Specialist||Cooper Crouse-Hinds, LLC||Syracuse, NY||Oct 01, 2013||$76,149 -
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