FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become A Computer Systems Consultant

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Computer Systems Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer Systems Consultant 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.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Computer Systems Consultant

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.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Computer Systems Consultant?

Send To A Friend

Computer Systems Consultant Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Computer Systems Consultant Career Paths

Computer Systems Consultant
Systems Administrator Consultant Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Material Manager
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 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
Senior Software Engineer Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Show More
Share

Do you work as a Computer Systems Consultant?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Computer Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Computer Systems Consultant
Consultant 7.8%
Supervisor 3.9%
Top Careers After Computer Systems Consultant
Consultant 6.9%
Manager 5.0%
Owner 4.1%

Do you work as a Computer Systems Consultant?

Computer Systems Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

79.4%

Female

13.0%

Unknown

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

3.3%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.6%

German

9.1%

Mandarin

9.1%

Russian

9.1%

French

9.1%
Show More

Computer Systems Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

Michigan State University

8.3%

Wayne State University

6.7%

State University of New York Buffalo

6.7%

George Washington University

6.7%

Syracuse University

5.0%

Community College of the Air Force

5.0%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

5.0%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.0%

Florida State University

5.0%

Eastern Michigan University

3.3%

ITT Technical Institute-Charlotte North

3.3%

University of Florida

3.3%

Louisiana Tech University

3.3%

University of Iowa

3.3%

Northern Arizona University

3.3%

University of Puerto Rico - Humacao

3.3%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.3%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

University of California - Santa Barbara

3.3%
Show More
Majors

Computer Science

19.9%

Business

14.4%

Computer Information Systems

9.5%

Electrical Engineering

9.0%

Computer Engineering

5.5%

Management

5.0%

Accounting

4.0%

Management Information Systems

3.5%

Information Technology

3.5%

Information Systems

3.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Engineering

3.0%

Physics

2.5%

Computer Programming

2.0%

Education

2.0%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Computer Networking

2.0%

Project Management

2.0%

Finance

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

44.6%

Masters

21.1%

Other

16.2%

Associate

10.9%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.7%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary
Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$61,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$123,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Super
Highest Paying City
Foster City, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Computer Systems Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Computer Systems Consultant in the United States is $87,170 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $123,000.

Real Computer Systems Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Computer Systems and Connectivity Consultant Deutsche Boerse Systems, Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 05, 2014 $125,700
Computer Systems Consultant Lancet Software Development, Inc. Lyndhurst, NJ May 08, 2013 $120,000
Computer Systems Consultant Lancet Software Development, Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 01, 2013 $120,000
Computer Systems Consultant Lancet Software Development, Inc. Lafayette, LA Feb 24, 2012 $114,000
Computer Systems Consultant Lancet Software Development, Inc. Lafayette, LA Feb 21, 2012 $114,000
Computer Systems Consultant Lancet Data Sciences, Inc. Burnsville, MN Dec 16, 2014 $106,500
Computer Systems Consultant Lancet Data Sciences, Inc. Lafayette, LA Apr 13, 2015 $106,116
Computer Systems Consultant Lancet Software Development Inc. Irving, TX Jan 04, 2011 $106,000
Computer Systems Consultant ATNS USA, Inc. Montgomery, AL Apr 09, 2015 $105,000
Computer Systems Consultant Lancet Software Development, Inc. Middleton, WI Dec 02, 2013 $101,000
Computer Systems Consultant Lancet Software Development, Inc. Burnsville, MN Jan 15, 2014 $101,000
Computer Systems Consultant Lancet Data Sciences, Inc. Burnsville, MN Jan 15, 2014 $101,000
Computer Systems Consultant Lancet Software Development, Inc. Burnsville, MN Feb 28, 2013 $101,000
Computer System Validation Consultant Igate Technologies Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 01, 2014 $89,400
Computer Systems Consultant Super Technology Solutions Inc. New York, NY Jul 09, 2016 $87,654
Computer Systems/Business Consultant Excelacom Inc. Reston, VA Sep 15, 2014 $87,200
System Consultant-Computer Operations Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Sep 26, 2011 $87,000
System Consultant-Computer Operations Verizon Data Services LLC Temple Terrace, FL Nov 02, 2012 $85,850
System Consultant-Computer Operations Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Aug 29, 2011 $85,000
System Consultant-Computer Operations Verizon Data Services LLC Silver Spring, MD Aug 01, 2011 $85,000
Computer Systems Consultant Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Redmond, WA Sep 03, 2014 $84,032
Computer Systems Consultant Cegid North America Inc. Carlsbad, CA Sep 16, 2016 $76,550 -
$85,000
Computer Systems Consultant Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Houston, TX Aug 29, 2014 $76,502
Computer Systems Consultant Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Hillsborough, NJ Sep 23, 2014 $76,086
Computer Systems Consultant EIPI10, LLC San Diego, CA Apr 25, 2014 $76,000
Computer Systems Consultant Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Dearborn, MI Aug 26, 2014 $72,904
Computer Systems Consultant Aspire Pathway, LLC Pittsburgh, PA Nov 09, 2016 $72,000
Computer Systems Consultant American Homestay Service, LLC Pittsburgh, PA Nov 09, 2016 $72,000
Computer System Consultant Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Charlotte, NC Aug 26, 2014 $70,803

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

See More Salaries

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Computer Systems Consultant?

Have you worked as a Computer Systems Consultant? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Computer Systems Consultant.

Top Skills for A Computer Systems Consultant

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Database
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed and assisted Customers with Troubleshooting and configuration of computer hardware and software.
  • Design of company software based project and customer database for management and follow-up.
  • Reviewed information flow procedures and internal control procedures; made recommendations for improving procedures.
  • Authored validation Protocols using J&J Templates and Systematic Navigation Approach for Projects (SNAP) Methodology.
  • Implemented the migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 on all new workstations.

How Would You Rate Working As a Computer Systems Consultant?

Are you working as a Computer Systems Consultant? Help us rate Computer Systems Consultant as a Career.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Computer Systems Consultants

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Virginia
  3. District of Columbia
  4. North Carolina
  5. California
  6. Minnesota
  7. Delaware
  8. Connecticut
  9. Colorado
  10. Texas
  • (54 jobs)
  • (549 jobs)
  • (135 jobs)
  • (462 jobs)
  • (1,559 jobs)
  • (350 jobs)
  • (35 jobs)
  • (153 jobs)
  • (281 jobs)
  • (979 jobs)

Top Computer Systems Consultant Employers

Show More

Jobs From Top Computer Systems Consultant Employers

Related to your recently viewed content