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Working As A Computer Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer Analyst 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 Computer Analyst

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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Computer Analyst Career Paths

Computer Analyst
Network Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Technician Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Analyst Network Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Director, Technical Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Business Analyst Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Technician Network Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Computer Analyst Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    68.8%
  • Female

    28.7%
  • Unknown

    2.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    77.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.9%
  • Asian

    9.1%
  • Unknown

    1.9%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    51.3%
  • French

    10.3%
  • Portuguese

    6.4%
  • Chinese

    3.8%
  • German

    3.8%
  • Italian

    2.6%
  • Japanese

    2.6%
  • Carrier

    2.6%
  • Hebrew

    2.6%
  • Mandarin

    2.6%
  • Dutch

    1.3%
  • Filipino

    1.3%
  • Albanian

    1.3%
  • Cantonese

    1.3%
  • Greek

    1.3%
  • Tagalog

    1.3%
  • Russian

    1.3%
  • Polish

    1.3%
  • Hawaiian

    1.3%
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Real Computer Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Computer Analyst Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Bothell, WA Jun 11, 2015 $128,807
Computer Analyst Eproinfosystems LLC Mountain View, CA Feb 12, 2016 $115,000
Computer Analyst Jump Operations, LLC Chicago, IL Oct 05, 2016 $110,000
Lead Computer Analyst Stamford Health System, Inc. (Stamford Hospital) Stamford, CT May 16, 2016 $108,035
Computational Analyst-Linguistics Expert System USA, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 28, 2015 $100,000
Computational Analyst-Linguistics Expert System Enterprise Corporation Houston, TX Jan 02, 2016 $100,000
BI Computer Analyst III Right Click Systems LLC Allentown, PA Oct 12, 2015 $99,200
Computer Analyst Addon Technologies Inc. Livonia, MI Jul 26, 2016 $95,846
Computer Analyst Nap San Diego LLC San Diego, CA Nov 07, 2016 $92,768
Computer Sytems Analyst Iitjobs, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 27, 2016 $90,792
Computer Analyst Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 09, 2016 $90,355
Computer Ststems Analyst Xoriant Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 31, 2016 $90,000
Computer Analyst Lotuz Inc. Houston, TX Aug 09, 2016 $90,000
Computer Analyst Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Kettering, OH Nov 19, 2015 $90,000
Computer Analyst First TEK, Inc. Bothell, WA Nov 07, 2016 $82,202
Computer Analyst First TEK, Inc. WA Nov 04, 2016 $82,202
Computer Analyst Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Houston, TX Aug 19, 2015 $81,869
Computer Analyst I.F.L.Mia LLC Miami, FL Nov 12, 2015 $80,974
Computer Analyst IBM India Private Limited Piscataway, NJ Jun 28, 2016 $80,895 -
$85,677
Computational Analyst Corvid Technologies LLC Mooresville, NC Aug 09, 2016 $80,000
Computer Analyst Howard Hughes Medical Institute Berkeley, CA Sep 10, 2016 $80,000 -
$90,000
Computer Programmar Analyst Citiustech Inc. Franklin, TN Feb 29, 2016 $80,000 -
$100,000
Computer Systmes Analyst Technozant LLC Austin, TX Oct 24, 2016 $68,723
Computer Analyst Programmer 2 Xtream It People Inc. Albany, NY Nov 20, 2015 $68,640
Computer Analyst 3S Business Corporation Houston, TX Jan 10, 2016 $68,000
Computer Analyst Software Transformations Inc. Addison, TX Jan 20, 2016 $68,000
Computer Analyst Software Transformations Inc. Plano, TX Jan 20, 2016 $68,000
Computer Analyst Value Consulting LLC Sterling, VA Aug 13, 2015 $68,000
Computer Analyst VSYS. Inc. Hoboken, NJ Jun 07, 2016 $68,000

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Top Skills for A Computer Analyst

ComputerHardwareCustomerServiceDataEntryPersonalComputersDesktopSupportRemoteAccessActiveDirectoryTechnicalSupportTroubleshootUnixSQLServerWebMainframeLaptopsSetupWindowsXPWindowsNTLotusNotesLan/WanNovell

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Top Computer Analyst Skills

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Customer Service
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked at the helpdesk, assisting clients with personal computer hardware issues as well as technical support for Microsoft Office products.
  • Assisted and developed in the training of new customer service representatives
  • Developed data entry modules, batch programs using stored procedures and triggers, and report generation.
  • Assisted students with computer issues on their personal computers, including virus programs updates and installations.
  • Performed remote desktop support using desktop support, Windows, Networking (voice & data), and messaging skills.

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