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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|
|Senior Clinical Systems Analyst II (Managed Care)||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Newark, CA||May 12, 2016||$140,000 -
|SR. Clinical Systems Analyst (Revenue Cycle Systems & Services)||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 15, 2016||$139,068 -
|SR. Clinical Systems Analyst (Revenue Cycle Systems & Services)||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 18, 2016||$139,068 -
|SR Clinical Systems Analyst (Ambulatory Systems & Services)||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Nov 08, 2016||$138,736 -
|Senior Clinical Systems Analyst (Ambulatory Systems & Services)||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Jun 20, 2016||$130,000 -
|Principal Clinical Systems Analyst||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Mar 09, 2015||$124,904 -
|Principal Clinical Systems Analyst||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Dec 02, 2013||$124,696 -
|Senior Clinical Systems Analyst (IT Application Integration)||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Feb 29, 2016||$122,387 -
|Clinical Systems Analyst II||Populus Group LLC||Fountain Valley, CA||Jan 11, 2016||$118,959|
|Clinical-Systems Analyst II||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 24, 2016||$118,456 -
|Clinical-Systems Analyst II||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Jun 28, 2016||$116,979 -
|Senior Clinical Systems Analyst||Stanford Health Care||Palo Alto, CA||May 29, 2016||$116,126 -
|Senior Clinical Systems Analyst||Stanford Health Care||Palo Alto, CA||Jan 12, 2015||$116,126 -
|Clinical Systems Analyst (Inpatient Systems & Serv||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 22, 2013||$91,083 -
|SR Clinical Systems Analyst||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||May 01, 2013||$91,083 -
|Clinical Systems Analyst||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 18, 2013||$91,083 -
|IT Senior Clinical/Medical Systems Analyst||The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary||New York, NY||Nov 01, 2013||$90,066|
|Clinical Systems Analyst (Pharmacy)||North Broward Hospital District||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Jul 29, 2014||$89,398|
|Clinical System Architec||The Methodist Hospital||Houston, TX||Jul 28, 2014||$88,590|
|Clinical System Architec||The Methodist Hospital||Nassau Bay, TX||Jul 28, 2014||$88,590|
|Analyst II, Clinical Systems||Abbvie Inc.||North Chicago, IL||Sep 13, 2013||$80,000|
|Clinical Systems Analyst||Global Technical Software Services Inc.||Hamilton, NJ||Jul 01, 2016||$80,000|
|Clinical Systems Analyst||Abbvie Inc.||North Chicago, IL||Dec 02, 2013||$79,780|
|Clinical Systems Analyst II||Miami Children's Hospital||Miami, FL||May 01, 2014||$79,040|
|Clinical Systems Analysts||Select Medical Corporation||Kansas City, KS||Mar 19, 2013||$78,000 -
|Clinical Systems Analyst||MVP Technologies LLC||Irvine, CA||Jan 15, 2015||$78,000|
|Associate Clinical Systems Analyst||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 09, 2013||$77,834 -
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