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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 Latino8.7%
Black or African American1.0%
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University of Phoenix12.5%
More Tech Institute8.1%
University of Houston5.9%
University of Arizona5.9%
Wayne State University4.4%
George Washington University4.4%
Michigan State University4.4%
University of Texas at Austin4.4%
Southern Methodist University4.4%
Indiana Institute of Technology4.4%
Illinois Institute of Technology3.7%
University of Texas at Arlington3.7%
Arizona State University3.7%
Pennsylvania State University3.7%
Old Dominion University3.7%
George Mason University3.7%
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor3.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Functional/Technical Leader||Prolifics, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Oct 14, 2016||$186,618|
|Director, Functional Delivery Lead||UBS Services LLC||Weehawken, NJ||Jun 03, 2016||$185,000 -
|E-Commerce Functional Lead||Accenture LLP||Fremont, CA||Sep 04, 2015||$162,000|
|E-Commerce Functional Lead||Accenture LLP||San Francisco, CA||Sep 04, 2015||$162,000|
|Ecommerce Functional Lead||Accenture LLP||Boston, MA||Jan 08, 2016||$159,000|
|CA PPM Functional Lead||Rego Consulting Corporation||Centerville, UT||May 09, 2016||$150,000|
|SAP HCM PY Technical/Functional Lead||Nbcuniversal Media, LLC||CA||Nov 23, 2015||$145,000|
|SR. SAP PP Functional Lead||Pelican Products, Inc.||Torrance, CA||Feb 15, 2016||$140,000|
|CPQ Techno Functional Lead-Oracle ERP Cloud||General Electric Company||Cincinnati, OH||Oct 08, 2016||$140,000|
|Principal SAP Functional Lead||Mylan Inc.||Canonsburg, PA||Nov 18, 2016||$138,355|
|ERP Cloud Oracle Financials Functional Lead||General Electric Company||Cincinnati, OH||May 12, 2016||$130,000|
|Adobe Functional Lead||Accenture LLP||West Orange, NJ||Jan 06, 2016||$130,000|
|Finance Record To Report Functional Lead||Ingersoll Rand Company||Charlotte, NC||Feb 23, 2015||$120,000|
|Functional Lead||Accenture LLP||Chicago, IL||Dec 10, 2015||$120,000|
|Functional Lead||Accenture LLP||Irving, TX||Dec 10, 2015||$120,000|
|Functional Lead||Accenture LLP||Chicago, IL||May 27, 2015||$120,000|
|Functional Lead||Accenture LLP||San Ramon, CA||May 27, 2015||$120,000|
|Claimcenter Functional Lead||Tata Consultancy Services Limited||Los Angeles, CA||Jun 09, 2016||$120,000 -
|Techno Functional Lead||SLK America Inc.||Las Vegas, NV||Jul 08, 2016||$120,000|
|Onsite SAP Functional Lead||IBM India Private Limited||Raritan, NJ||Aug 05, 2015||$102,840|
|Onsite SAP Functional Lead||IBM India Private Limited||Raritan, NJ||Aug 06, 2015||$102,840|
|Onsite SAP Functional Lead||IBM India Private Limited||Raritan, NJ||Jul 13, 2015||$102,840|
|Functional Safety Lead (Automation Technical Professional)||Wood Group Mustang, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jun 09, 2016||$100,880|
|Functional Lead||Circular Edge, LLC||Somerset, NJ||Apr 30, 2016||$100,755 -
|SAP Enterprise Resource Planning Leading Functional Architec||Dynamics Resources, Inc.||Vernon Hills, IL||Dec 20, 2016||$100,000|
|Functional Lead||IBM India Pvt Ltd||Fairport, NY||Aug 19, 2015||$98,220|
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