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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|
|Clinical Applications Specialist/Instructor||Varian Medical Systems, Inc.||Las Vegas, NV||Aug 27, 2016||$128,000 -
|Application Outsourcing Support Clinical Trial Mgmt. SYS LD.||Accenture LLP||Princeton, NJ||Nov 13, 2014||$112,154|
|Clinical Application Specialist/Sas Consultant||Smith Hanley Consulting Group, LLC||Chicago, IL||Sep 13, 2013||$110,820|
|Clinical Application Specialist 4||Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$110,000|
|Clinical Application Specialist||Philips Electronics North America Corporation||Andover, MA||Oct 01, 2012||$107,619|
|Clinical Applications Specialist||Fujifilm Sonosite, Inc.||Bothell, WA||Nov 26, 2015||$104,040|
|Clinical Applications Specialist||Fujifilm Sonosite, Inc.||Irving, TX||Oct 08, 2013||$102,000|
|Clinical Applications Specialist||Children's Hospital Corporation||Boston, MA||Oct 01, 2011||$98,838|
|Clinical Applications Specialist||Elekta, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Mar 13, 2015||$93,500 -
|Clinical Application Specialist||The Fountain Group LLC||Tarrytown, NY||Sep 26, 2016||$91,828|
|Clinical Application Specialist||Synaptive Medical USA, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Jan 09, 2016||$90,000|
|Clinical Applications Specialist||Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.||Tustin, CA||Nov 01, 2011||$90,000|
|Clinical Application Specialist III-C||Green Key Temp, LLC||Parkersburg, IL||Sep 17, 2013||$87,654|
|Clinical Application Specialist II-B||Green Key Temp LLC||Parkersburg, IL||Sep 01, 2015||$87,654|
|Clinical Application Specialist III-C||Green Key Temp LLC||North Chicago, IL||Sep 16, 2014||$87,360|
|Clinical Application Specialist||La Rabida Children's Hospital||Chicago, IL||May 14, 2015||$86,028|
|Clinical Application Specialist II-B||Green Key Temp LLC||North Chicago, IL||Sep 16, 2014||$85,280|
|Clinical Application Specialist||Medfocus LLC||North Chicago, IL||Jul 01, 2011||$85,280|
|Clinical Application Specialist||Medfocus LLC||Parkersburg, IL||Sep 19, 2012||$85,259|
|Senior Clinical Applications Specialist||Sonosite, Inc.||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Oct 19, 2011||$85,000|
|Clinical Application Specialist||Scandidos, Inc.||Madison, WI||Aug 20, 2015||$79,851 -
|Clinical Application Specialist||Scandidos Inc.||Madison, WI||Sep 03, 2015||$79,851|
|Clinical Application Specialist||Scandidos, Inc.||Madison, WI||Jan 04, 2016||$77,771 -
|Clinical Application Specialist||La Rabida Children's Hospital||Chicago, IL||May 15, 2012||$76,500|
|Clinical Application Specialist-I-B||Smithhanleyconsultinggroupllc, A Div. of Inventiv||Parkersburg, IL||Aug 25, 2010||$74,652 -
|Clinical Applications Specialist||Elekta, Inc.||Norcross, GA||Nov 06, 2012||$73,986 -
|Clinical Application Specialist||Synaptive Medical USA, Inc.||Brookfield, WI||Jan 09, 2016||$73,000|
|Clinical Applications Specialist||Philips Electronics North America Corporation||Andover, MA||Oct 01, 2009||$72,446 -
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