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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 Latino9.0%
Black or African American0.9%
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University of Phoenix13.6%
New York University6.5%
University of Houston6.2%
Texas A&M University5.6%
University of Texas at Austin5.6%
Pennsylvania State University5.3%
Florida International University4.6%
University of Pennsylvania4.3%
Northern Illinois University4.3%
University of Maryland - University College4.0%
Arizona State University4.0%
More Tech Institute4.0%
Wayne State University3.7%
Illinois State University3.7%
State University of New York Buffalo3.7%
George Mason University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Cognos TM1 Developer/Analyst||Judge Technical Services, Inc.||Austin, TX||Feb 28, 2016||$208,700|
|SAP Process Integration Developer/Analyst||Fuseglobal Partners, Inc.||Glendale, CA||Oct 31, 2016||$179,482|
|Computer Software Developer and Analyst||Micro Tech Staffing Group, Inc.||Stoughton, MA||Apr 22, 2015||$166,837|
|Abap Software Developer Analyst||It Proteks LLC||Issaquah, WA||Jan 10, 2015||$150,000|
|Developer Analyst, Technology||RBC Capital Markets, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 09, 2015||$145,000 -
|ETL Developer/Analyst||Heerasoft Inc.||NJ||Sep 30, 2015||$139,000|
|Software Developer Analyst Senior Staff||Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc.||Millington, MD||Jun 09, 2016||$136,635 -
|Development-Lead Analyst||Merkle Inc.||Farmers Branch, TX||Jan 12, 2016||$130,140|
|Android Mobile Developer, Analyst Senior||Globant, LLC||Celebration, FL||Oct 23, 2016||$130,000|
|Analyst, Quantitative Developer, FIC||RBC Capital Markets, LLC||New York, NY||Jul 16, 2015||$130,000|
|MTS Developer Analyst||Fanatics Retail Group Fulfillment, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 10, 2015||$130,000|
|Call Routing Development Analyst||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Newark, DE||Jun 01, 2015||$129,500|
|Call Routing Development Analyst||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Wilmington, DE||Dec 30, 2015||$129,500|
|Analyst, Quantitative Developer||Ellington Management Group, LLC||Old Greenwich, CT||Aug 10, 2015||$125,000|
|Oracle ERP Developer/Analyst||Diligent Solutions, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Jun 09, 2016||$82,312|
|Software Development Analyst||Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation||Manassas, VA||Feb 10, 2015||$82,300 -
|Market Development Analyst||Interactive Data Pricing & Reference Data LLC||New York, NY||Aug 16, 2016||$82,140 -
|Lead Developer/Analysts||Health Data Insights, Inc.||Las Vegas, NV||Aug 26, 2015||$82,000 -
|Developer/Analyst II||Health Management Systems, Inc.||Irving, TX||Oct 13, 2015||$81,952 -
|Lead Developer Analyst||Health Management Systems, Inc.||Irving, TX||May 07, 2016||$81,952 -
|Java Developer/Analyst||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Dec 18, 2015||$81,786|
|Services Development Analyst, SR. LAS||Cameron International Corporation||Houston, TX||Jan 10, 2016||$81,765|
|Market Development Analyst||Har Mart Corp||Aurora, CO||Jun 11, 2015||$72,758|
|BI Developer/Analyst||California Creative Solutions, Inc.||Irving, TX||Aug 04, 2015||$72,523|
|Acquisitions and Development Analyst||Hersha Hospitality Management||Philadelphia, PA||Apr 18, 2016||$72,500|
|Cognos Report Developer/Analyst||21St. Century Oncology Services, Inc.||Fort Myers, FL||Jan 05, 2016||$72,405 -
|Software Developer/Analyst||8K Miles Software Services Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Aug 03, 2016||$72,322|
|Corporate Development Analyst||Edgeconnex, Inc.||Herndon, VA||Sep 15, 2016||$72,301 -
|Developer/Analyst II||Solstice Benefits||Fort Lauderdale, FL||May 18, 2016||$72,176|
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