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Working As A Computer Systems Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems Analyst Career Paths

Computer Systems Analyst
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Technician Specialist Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Solutions Architect Software Development Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Computer Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Computer Systems Analyst
Programmer 3.7%
Top Careers After Computer Systems Analyst
Consultant 6.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$57,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Nvidia
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Connecticut
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Computer Systems Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Computer Systems Analyst in the United States is $80,258 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $111,000.

Real Computer Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Computer Systems Analyst Software Guidance & Assistance, Inc. New York, NY Jul 07, 2016 $260,875
Computer Systems Analysts My Supply Chain Group, LLC Foster City, CA Aug 18, 2015 $250,000
Computer Systems Analyst Sysazzle, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Mar 01, 2015 $236,600
Computer Systems Analyst Sysazzle, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Jan 29, 2015 $236,600
Computer Systems Analyst The Baer Group, LLC Atlanta, GA Feb 23, 2015 $225,396
Computer Systems Analyst-Sap Systems Wicresoft North America Company Limited Issaquah, WA Sep 10, 2015 $220,000
Computer Systems Analyst-Sap Systems Analyst Wicresoft North America Bellevue, WA Apr 27, 2015 $220,000
Computer Systems Analyst-Sap Systems Wicresoft North America Company Limited Issaquah, WA Oct 09, 2015 $220,000
Computer Systems Analyst Verrazano Consulting Solutions LLC Irvine, CA Oct 10, 2015 $219,135
Computer Systems Analyst The Baer Group, LLC Atlanta, GA Feb 09, 2015 $217,048
Computer Systems Analyst Advance/Newhouse Partnership, Manager of Bright House Networks, LLC Riverview, FL Aug 26, 2015 $210,000
Computer Systems Analyst Amitech Solutions, Inc. Sunset Hills, MO Aug 12, 2016 $78,471
Computer Systems Analyst Amitech Solutions, Inc. Chesterfield, MO May 12, 2016 $78,471
Computer Systems Analyst NTT Data, Inc. Charlottesville, VA Jul 01, 2015 $78,458 -
$120,000
Computer Systems Analyst Systems Technology Group, Inc. Dearborn, MI Jan 11, 2016 $78,450
Computer Systems Analyst 2 Accenture LLP Albany, NY Jan 21, 2015 $78,400
Computer Systems Analyst 2 Accenture LLP San Diego, CA Apr 11, 2016 $78,354
Computer Systems Analyst NTT Data, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 21, 2016 $78,354 -
$100,000
Computer Systems Analyst 2 Accenture LLP Orlando, FL Aug 07, 2016 $71,989
Computer Systems Analyst Divihn Integration Inc. Lake Mary, FL Aug 26, 2016 $71,989
Computer Systems Analyst 2 Accenture LLP Orlando, FL Nov 24, 2016 $71,989
Computer Systems Analyst Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Marysville, OH Aug 23, 2015 $71,928
Computer Systems Analyst Interglobe Technologies, Inc. Santa Clarita, CA Sep 08, 2016 $71,923
Computer Systems Analyst 2 Accenture LLP Fort Worth, TX Aug 03, 2016 $71,906
Computer Systems Analyst KPK Technologies Inc. Arlington, TX Jun 20, 2016 $71,906
Computer Systems Analyst 2 Accenture LLP Fort Worth, TX May 09, 2016 $71,906

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Top Skills for A Computer Systems Analyst

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Database
  3. Test Procedures
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  • Provided advanced computer hardware and software maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs to automate warehouse systems.
  • Recognized base-wide as database expert--consulted hospital commander during conceptual development of Worldwide Military Medical database System.
  • Authored high and low level test procedures for various requirement specific software applications.
  • Analyze computer systems, procedures, and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively.
  • Provide team members with technical support regarding the system's performance and emergent issues, particularly issue affecting operational availability.

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Computer Systems Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

68.4%

Female

22.7%

Unknown

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

56.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

11.3%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

French

8.3%

German

6.7%

Japanese

5.0%

Portuguese

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Cheyenne

1.7%

Irish

1.7%

Swedish

1.7%

Chinese

1.7%

Norwegian

1.7%

Aramaic

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Hindi

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Korean

1.7%

Thai

1.7%

Russian

1.7%
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Computer Systems Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.6%

University of Maryland - University College

8.6%

Strayer University

8.6%

Florida State University

8.0%

George Washington University

5.6%

Community College of the Air Force

4.7%

George Mason University

4.7%

Webster University

4.4%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

Capella University

3.8%

Villanova University

3.6%

Cameron University

3.3%

Towson University

3.3%

University of West Florida

3.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%

University of Houston

3.0%

Johns Hopkins University

3.0%

Colorado Technical University

3.0%

Troy University

2.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.8%

Business

16.6%

Computer Information Systems

11.4%

Information Technology

10.9%

Electrical Engineering

5.4%

Information Systems

4.9%

Management Information Systems

4.1%

Computer Engineering

4.1%

Computer Networking

3.0%

Management

2.6%

Project Management

2.2%

Mathematics

2.1%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Education

1.8%

Computer Systems Security

1.7%

Accounting

1.6%

Engineering

1.5%

Finance

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.3%

Masters

24.2%

Other

16.8%

Associate

11.4%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.6%

License

0.0%
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