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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.
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Hispanic or Latino10.3%
Black or African American1.0%
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University of Phoenix20.4%
Colorado Technical University6.8%
University of Central Florida4.8%
University of Maryland - University College4.1%
Florida State University4.1%
University of Illinois at Chicago4.1%
Saint Leo University4.1%
West Texas A&M University3.4%
Arizona State University3.4%
Georgia State University3.4%
University of Massachusetts - Lowell3.4%
San Diego State University3.4%
University of Texas at Austin3.4%
Defense Acquisition University3.4%
University of Utah3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|SAP Configuration Analyst||Leprino Foods Company||Denver, CO||Jul 22, 2015||$139,040|
|Advisor Application Configuration Analyst||Puget Sound Energy, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Sep 26, 2016||$134,740|
|Advisor Applications Configuration Analyst||Puget Sound Energy, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Jan 27, 2015||$134,356|
|Advisor Application Configuration Analyst||Puget Sound Energy, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Sep 26, 2016||$134,000|
|Advisor Application Configuration Analyst||Puget Sound Energy, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Aug 20, 2015||$127,549|
|Configurator/Analyst SAP PP||Avnet Inc.||Tempe, AZ||Oct 14, 2014||$126,861|
|SAP Fico Configuration Analyst||TBC Corporation||Juno Beach, FL||Jun 28, 2013||$126,771|
|Advanced Applications Configuration Analyst||Puget Sound Energy, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Sep 26, 2013||$125,000|
|Fico Configuration Analyst||Chanel, Inc.||Piscataway, NJ||Oct 20, 2016||$124,000|
|SAP Fico Configuration Analyst||TBC Corporation||Juno Beach, FL||Jan 17, 2013||$123,800|
|Advisor Application Configuration Analyst||Puget Sound Energy, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Dec 29, 2014||$123,360|
|Technical Configuration Analyst||Lendingclub Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 29, 2014||$120,000|
|Vendavo Configuration Analyst||Experis Us, Inc.||Milwaukee, WI||Oct 16, 2015||$120,000|
|Advisor Application Configuration Analyst||Puget Sound Energy Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Oct 14, 2014||$120,000|
|Configuration Analyst II||Medline Industries, Inc.||Mundelein, IL||Jan 18, 2016||$104,000|
|SAP Configuration Analyst||Amsted Rail Co. Inc.||Granite City, IL||Sep 23, 2016||$104,000 -
|SAP Configuration Analyst||Deloitte Services LP||TN||Jan 25, 2013||$103,000|
|SAP SD Configuration Analyst||Medline Industries||Mundelein, IL||Jun 02, 2014||$103,000|
|Salesforce Configuration Analyst||Proficient Business Systems, Inc.||Boston, MA||Jul 10, 2015||$100,173|
|Configuration Analyst II||Medline Industries, Inc.||Mundelein, IL||Sep 28, 2015||$100,000|
|Product Configuration Analyst||Netapp, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Mar 04, 2013||$100,000 -
|Configuration Analyst II||Medline Industries, Inc.||Mundelein, IL||Sep 12, 2016||$99,960|
|Configuration Analyst||Presbyterian Healthcare Services||Albuquerque, NM||Sep 15, 2015||$86,944|
|Configuration Analyst III||Medline Industries||Mundelein, IL||Jun 11, 2015||$86,146|
|Configuration Analyst||Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc.||Richfield, MN||Jan 19, 2015||$85,567 -
|SAP Mm/Pp/Apo Configuration Analyst||Medline Industries||Mundelein, IL||Aug 06, 2015||$85,000 -
|Principal Configuration Analyst||Terumo BCT, Inc.||Lakewood, CO||Sep 16, 2013||$84,802 -
|Configuration Analyst||Early Warning Services, LLC||Scottsdale, AZ||Sep 03, 2014||$84,240 -
|Configuration Analyst||Early Warning Services, LLC||Scottsdale, AZ||Mar 24, 2016||$84,240 -
|SAP SD Configuration Analyst||Schrill Technologies Inc.||Westborough, MA||May 11, 2015||$84,000|
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