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Become A Computer Systems Analyst

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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

  • $65,000

    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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Real Computer Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Computer Systems Analysts Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 14, 2014 $137,250
Computer Systems Analyst Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 10, 2016 $127,379
Computer Systems Analysts Inovant LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 04, 2014 $125,000 -
$145,000
Computer Systems Analysts (Business Analyst) Istream Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 26, 2017 $123,261
Computer Systems Analysts Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Ashburn, VA May 23, 2018 $123,115 -
$200,000
Computer Systems Analysts Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 26, 2014 $122,100
Computer Systems Analysts Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2014 $122,096
Computer Systems Analyst-Informatica Developer Newt Global Consulting, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 08, 2016 $120,000
Computer Systems Analysts (Business Intelligence QA) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 30, 2012 $116,400
Computer Systems Analysts Inovant LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 03, 2011 $116,000 -
$126,000
Computer Systems Analysts Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Apr 21, 2014 $116,000
Computer Systems Analyst Arcogent, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $115,502
Computer Systems Analysts Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 30, 2012 $115,502
Computer Systems Analysts Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 11, 2012 $115,502
Computer Systems Analysts Intellipoint Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 24, 2010 $110,000
Computer Systems Analyst SRI Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 07, 2010 $109,900
Computer Systems Analyst (Data Analyst) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 20, 2013 $105,000
Computer Systems Analysts Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2014 $103,525
Computer Systems Analysts ICSA Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 13, 2017 $103,500
Computer Systems Analyst Sstech LLC Ashburn, VA May 31, 2017 $103,295
Computer Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 22, 2017 $103,272
Computer Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 23, 2017 $103,272
Computer Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 24, 2017 $103,272
Computer Systems Analysts Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 11, 2017 $103,272
Computer Systems Analysts MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 28, 2014 $103,000
Computer Systems Analysts MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 13, 2014 $103,000
Computer Systems Analysts MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 11, 2014 $103,000
Computer Systems Analysts Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2014 $103,000
Computer Systems Analysts MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 18, 2014 $103,000
Computer Systems Analyst (Business Systems) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 30, 2015 $102,502
Computer Systems Analyst (Business Systems) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 17, 2015 $102,502
Computer Systems Analysts Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 03, 2009 $101,000
Computer Systems Analysts Airbus Americas, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 27, 2010 $100,734
Computer Systems Analyst (IT Project Lead) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 21, 2014 $100,000
Computer Systems Analysts Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 14, 2014 $99,550
Computer Systems Analysts Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 17, 2013 $99,550
Computer Systems Analysts Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Feb 04, 2014 $99,528
Computer Systems Analysts Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Feb 14, 2014 $99,528
Computer Systems Analysts Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Aug 29, 2012 $97,053
Computer Systems Analysts Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 11, 2011 $96,554
Computer Systems Analysts Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA May 03, 2011 $96,554
Computer Systems Analyst-Sap APO Consultant Newt Global Consulting, LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 13, 2016 $90,000
Computer System Analyst Capital Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 17, 2017 $90,000
Computer Systems Analysts Inovant LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 07, 2012 $90,000 -
$100,000
Computer Systems Analysts Verizon Business Network Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 05, 2011 $87,403
Computer Systems Analysts Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA May 12, 2014 $87,006
Computer System Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 03, 2016 $85,567
Computer Systems Analyst Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Aug 17, 2011 $85,000
Computer Systems Analyst(Technical Data Analyst) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 11, 2014 $85,000
Computer Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting Corporation Ashburn, VA Aug 09, 2016 $85,000
Computer Systems Analyst Brainware, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 24, 2012 $85,000
Computer Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 29, 2017 $84,000
Computer Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 02, 2017 $84,000
Computer System Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 09, 2017 $84,000
Computer System Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 09, 2017 $84,000
Computer Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 22, 2017 $84,000
Computer Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 02, 2017 $84,000
Computer Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 24, 2017 $83,400
Computer Systems Analysts MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 26, 2014 $83,000
Computer Systems Analysts MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2014 $83,000
Computer Systems Analyst (Business) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 02, 2016 $82,930
Computer Systems Analyst (Business) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 30, 2015 $82,930
Computer Systems Analyst Citratek Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 07, 2018 $82,326
Computer System Analyst Telesto Group LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 29, 2018 $82,326 -
$91,000
Computer Systems Analysts V-Soft Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA May 01, 2018 $82,326
Computer Systems Analyst Synergy Global Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2013 $80,500
Computer Systems Analysts Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 23, 2013 $80,018
Computer Systems Analysts Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Mar 28, 2013 $80,018
Computer Systems Analysts Viewsoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 21, 2014 $80,018
Computer Systems Analyst Externetworks Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 26, 2012 $80,018
Computer Systems Analyst Strohmier Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2013 $80,018 -
$120,000
Computer Systems Analysts Verizon Business Network Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 08, 2010 $80,000
Computer Systems Analyst Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Aug 16, 2011 $79,310
Computer System Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2012 $79,000
Computer Systems Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA May 15, 2009 $72,134
Computer Systems Analyst Intellipoint Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 25, 2013 $72,000
Computer Systems Analyst Collabera Solutions Pvt Ltd Formerly GCI Solutions Ashburn, VA Nov 27, 2012 $72,000
Computer System Analyst Navel Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 23, 2012 $70,000
Computer Systems Analyst Zillion Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 15, 2016 $70,000
Computer Systems Analysts Infotech Systems Technology Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 08, 2016 $70,000
Computer Systems Analyst Data Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 18, 2015 $68,000
Computer Systems Analyst Btree Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 25, 2014 $68,000
Computer Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 08, 2014 $68,000
Computer Systems Analyst Data Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 13, 2015 $68,000
Computer Systems Analyst Btree Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 16, 2014 $68,000
Computer System Analyst Comprobase, Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 26, 2014 $68,000
Computer Systems Analyst Btree Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA May 11, 2015 $67,700
Computer Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 06, 2015 $67,621
Computer Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA May 06, 2015 $67,621
Computer Systems Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 06, 2015 $67,621
Computer Systems Analyst MMC Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 13, 2015 $67,621
Computer Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 05, 2015 $67,621
Computer System Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 24, 2016 $66,000
Computer Systems Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 16, 2008 $65,500
Computer Systems Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 10, 2010 $65,166
Computer Systems Analysts Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 06, 2009 $65,166
Computer Systems Analyst Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 23, 2008 $65,166
Computer Systems Analyst Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 20, 2008 $65,166
Computer Systems Analyst Prosoft Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 24, 2016 $65,000
Computer Systems Analyst Navitas Business Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 06, 2017 $65,000
Computer Systems Analysts Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 30, 2009 $65,000
Computer System Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $65,000
Computer Systems Analysts Hyperion Technologies LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2017 $65,000
Computer Systems Analysts Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2010 $65,000
Computer Systems Analysts Hyperion Technologies LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2017 $65,000
Computer Systems Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 30, 2010 $65,000
Computer Systems Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2009 $65,000
Computer Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $65,000
Computer Systems Analyst Navitas Business Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 03, 2017 $65,000
Computer Systems Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 15, 2010 $65,000
Computer Systems Analysts Hyperion Technologies LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 09, 2017 $65,000
Computer System Analyst Isoftech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 29, 2010 $65,000
Computer Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 20, 2017 $65,000
Computer System Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA May 24, 2010 $65,000
Computer Systems Analyst Value Consulting USA, LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 30, 2009 $65,000
Computer Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2017 $65,000
Computer Systems Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 03, 2010 $65,000
Computer System Analyst Marvel Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 04, 2016 $65,000
Computer Systems Analyst Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA Mar 01, 2013 $65,000
Computer Systems Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 11, 2010 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Computer Systems Analyst

ComputerHardwareWindowsServerDatabaseComputerSystemsProceduresPCDesktopSupportSQLServerWebRemoteActiveDirectoryTechnicalSupportTroubleshootUnixSetupTestPlansInternetMainframeLinuxWindowsNT

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Top Computer Systems Analyst Skills

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Windows Server
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Standardized computer hardware used by the unit for training and operational activities.
  • Execute engineering support/services, including installation for workstations and network equipment (Windows Server 8 and Red Hat).
  • Designed, developed, maintained, and configuration controlled database management systems.
  • Coordinated and link the computer systems within our organization to increase compatibility and so information can be shared.
  • Design automated systems for procedures currently being done manually.

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