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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Hris Analyst||Lam Research Corporation||Fremont, CA||Mar 10, 2016||$145,000|
|Lead Analyst, Hris||Celgene Corporation||Summit, NJ||Jul 10, 2015||$133,000|
|Hris Analyst||Sunpower Corporation||San Jose, CA||Nov 28, 2011||$125,000|
|Hris Analyst-Principal||Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 09, 2011||$120,000|
|Hris Analyst 3||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 16, 2014||$116,081|
|Hris Analyst 3||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 16, 2012||$110,000|
|Hris Analyst 3||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 07, 2013||$110,000|
|Hris Analyst 3||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 10, 2016||$110,000|
|Hris Analyst||Lam Research Corporation||Fremont, CA||May 02, 2016||$109,429 -
|Functional Hris Analyst II||Santander Bank, N.A.||MA||Jul 25, 2016||$109,000 -
|Hris Analyst||Netapp, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 27, 2014||$105,000 -
|Hris Analyst||Intertek USA Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 05, 2015||$100,000|
|Hris Analyst||Pinterest, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 31, 2016||$100,000 -
|Hris Analyst||Lam Research Corporation||Fremont, CA||Oct 06, 2014||$100,000|
|Hris Analyst||Infovity Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Mar 11, 2016||$88,442 -
|Hris Analyst||Netpolarity, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Apr 02, 2013||$88,317|
|Hris Analyst||Boart Longyear Company||Salt Lake City, UT||May 12, 2016||$87,000|
|Hris Analyst||Emergent Biosolutions Inc.||Rockville, MD||Apr 04, 2011||$86,320|
|Hris Analyst II||Safeway Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||Dec 12, 2016||$85,020|
|Hris Analyst I (Software Applications)||Safeway Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||Oct 26, 2015||$85,000|
|Hris Analyst||CBRE, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Apr 12, 2014||$85,000 -
|Hris Analyst (Software Applications)||Safeway Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||Jul 18, 2016||$85,000|
|Hris Analyst||Nu Technology, Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||Feb 23, 2016||$74,422|
|Hris Analyst||Zale Corporation||Irving, TX||Oct 01, 2012||$72,777|
|Hris Analyst||Apollo Group, Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||Oct 08, 2012||$70,000|
|Hris Analyst||Apollo Group, Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||Oct 15, 2012||$70,000|
|Hris Analyst||Zale Corporation||Irving, TX||May 15, 2010||$66,929|
|Hris Analyst||BWI North America, Inc.||Kettering, OH||May 07, 2016||$65,040|
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