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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 Latino9.9%
Black or African American0.9%
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University of Phoenix12.2%
University of Texas at Arlington7.3%
San Diego State University6.1%
University of Florida6.1%
Northern Illinois University6.1%
University of Miami6.1%
Wayne State University4.9%
Texas A&M University4.9%
University of Washington4.9%
University of South Florida3.7%
Northeastern State University3.7%
Illinois Institute of Technology3.7%
University of Cincinnati3.7%
University of Rhode Island3.7%
North Carolina State University3.7%
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach3.7%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute3.7%
Western Michigan University3.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Principal CAD Analyst||Worleyparsons Group, Inc.||Bellaire, TX||Aug 18, 2014||$138,611|
|Product Design Analyst||Monitise Americas, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Sep 10, 2015||$135,000 -
|Oracle Applications Design Analyst||Spectrum Laboratory Products, Inc.||Gardena, CA||Aug 28, 2013||$130,000|
|Mechanical Design Analyst||Enerdel, Inc.||Greenfield, IN||Jan 07, 2013||$120,000|
|Product Design Analyst||Monitise Americas, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$116,000 -
|Software Design Analyst III||Companion Professional Services, LLC||Chicago, IL||Jul 27, 2015||$105,102|
|Senior Engineering Design Analyst||Continental Tire The Americas, LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Jun 07, 2016||$104,520 -
|CAE Design Analyst-R&D||Gestamp Alabama, LLC||Troy, MI||Nov 30, 2015||$102,000|
|Design Analyst Programmer||Gibson Teldata, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Jul 29, 2016||$101,496|
|Design Analyst Programmer||Gibson Teldata, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Jul 29, 2014||$101,496|
|Facets Functional Designer Analyst||Gebbs Healthcare Solutions Inc.||Greenwood Village, CO||May 13, 2013||$100,000|
|Facets Functional Designer/Analyst||Gebbs Software International, Inc.||Greenwood Village, CO||May 16, 2013||$100,000|
|Product Design Analyst||Monitise Americas, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 18, 2015||$100,000 -
|Facets Functional Designer/Analyst||Gebbs Software International Inc.||Fremont, CA||Sep 10, 2013||$100,000|
|Analyst and Designer||SLK America Inc.||Memphis, TN||Dec 30, 2016||$79,179|
|Hadoop Transformation Solution Design Analyst||Ford Motor Company||Dearborn, MI||May 12, 2016||$78,083 -
|Software Design Analyst &Tester||Technosoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Nov 12, 2014||$78,000|
|Product Design Analyst||Monitise Americas, Inc.||San Rafael, CA||Jul 01, 2014||$77,000 -
|Analyst and Designer||SLK America Inc.||Cincinnati, OH||Jan 12, 2016||$76,855|
|Engineering Designer/Analyst||Lee Engineering, LLC||Albuquerque, NM||Aug 19, 2013||$76,000|
|Analyst and Designer||SLK America Inc.||Cincinnati, OH||Jan 22, 2013||$75,614|
|Analyst and Designer||SLK America Inc.||Grand Rapids, MI||Jan 12, 2016||$75,400|
|Application Design Analyst||PDX, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Mar 31, 2014||$70,000|
|Design Analyst||Inspired Solutions USA, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 25, 2014||$69,473|
|Design Analyst||Inspired Solutions USA, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 16, 2014||$69,473|
|Mechanical Design Analyst||Turnkey International, Inc.||Doral, FL||Sep 17, 2015||$69,389|
|Analyst and Designer||SLK America Inc.||Memphis, TN||Nov 08, 2015||$67,950|
|Plm/Cad Analyst||Acnovate Corporation||Santa Barbara, CA||Sep 15, 2014||$67,000|
|Analyst and Designer||SLK America Inc.||OH||May 09, 2016||$66,920|
|Analyst and Designer||SLK America Inc.||OH||Sep 14, 2016||$66,920|
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