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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 Latino8.2%
Black or African American1.2%
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University of Phoenix19.8%
George Mason University10.1%
University of Maryland - University College5.6%
University of Washington5.2%
George Washington University3.6%
University of Maryland - College Park3.6%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro3.2%
Community College of the Air Force3.2%
University of Texas at Arlington2.8%
University of Houston2.8%
Saint Leo University2.8%
New York University2.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|SAP Functional Analyst||Neoforte Solutions Group, LLC||Oxnard, CA||Jul 01, 2015||$244,179|
|Functional Analyst||C&T Information Technology Consulting, Inc.||Austin, TX||Oct 11, 2015||$156,000|
|Functional Analyst||Cignex Datamatics, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 30, 2015||$153,000|
|BPC Functional Analyst||Servicenow, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 26, 2016||$148,331 -
|Functional SYS Analyst Staff||Juniper Networks||Sunnyvale, CA||May 08, 2016||$145,000|
|ERP Functional Analyst||Ciber, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Jan 09, 2016||$145,000|
|SAP Functional Analyst||PVH Corp.||Bridgewater, NJ||Aug 22, 2016||$145,000|
|Principal ERP Functional Analyst||Ciber, Inc.||Collegeville, PA||Aug 31, 2016||$142,500|
|Oracle Functional Analyst||Elipsiq Incorporation||Pleasanton, CA||Oct 17, 2016||$142,500|
|Oracle Techno Functional Analyst||Elipsiq Incorporation||Pleasanton, CA||Jul 12, 2016||$142,500|
|Principal ERP Functional Analyst||Ciber, Inc.||Carlsbad, CA||Aug 22, 2016||$142,500|
|Functional Analyst||Populus Group LLC||Bellevue, WA||Nov 23, 2015||$141,916|
|ERP Functional Analyst||Ciber, Inc.||Miami, FL||Aug 29, 2016||$140,000|
|Functional Analyst (SME)||CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 09, 2016||$104,936 -
|Functional Analyst||Luxoft USA Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Nov 14, 2016||$104,936|
|Gbas Functional Analyst||Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.||Malvern, PA||Mar 22, 2016||$104,754|
|Oracle Functional Analyst||Expedia, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Dec 21, 2015||$104,550 -
|SAP CAS Functional Analyst||Accenture LLP||Saint Charles, IL||Jul 15, 2016||$104,291|
|SAP CAS Functional Analyst||Accenture LLP||Kansas City, MO||Jul 15, 2016||$104,291|
|SAP CAS Functional Analyst||Accenture LLP||Smithfield, VA||Jul 15, 2016||$104,291|
|SAP CAS Functional Analyst||Accenture LLP||Eden Prairie, MN||Jul 15, 2016||$104,291|
|Oracle Functional Analyst-Order Management||Ingersoll Rand Company||Greenfield, WI||Jan 12, 2015||$84,400|
|Functional Analyst (M)||Hudson Data LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Sep 23, 2016||$84,198|
|Functional Analyst||Luxoft USA Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Dec 18, 2015||$84,032|
|SAP Functional Analyst||Paccar Inc.||Renton, WA||Aug 27, 2015||$84,032 -
|Functional Analyst||Luxoft USA Inc.||Seattle, WA||Feb 11, 2015||$84,032|
|SAP Mm/Wm Functional Analyst||Bizit Consultants, Inc.||PA||Sep 20, 2015||$84,000|
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