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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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Top Careers After Implementation Analyst
Hispanic or Latino9.5%
Black or African American1.1%
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University of Phoenix23.2%
American InterContinental University9.6%
Pennsylvania State University7.3%
Tennessee State University5.1%
University of North Florida4.0%
George Washington University4.0%
University of Iowa4.0%
University of Massachusetts Amherst4.0%
Indiana Wesleyan University4.0%
Middle Tennessee State University3.4%
University of Washington3.4%
University of Central Florida3.4%
University of Pittsburgh -3.4%
University of Illinois University Administration2.8%
University of Maryland - University College2.8%
Ohio State University2.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Implementation Analyst||Fast Enterprises LLC||Chelsea, MA||May 01, 2015||$132,000|
|Technical Implementation Analyst||Cherryroad Technologies Inc.||Morris Plains, NJ||Feb 03, 2016||$129,002|
|Implementation Analyst||ISCS, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Feb 06, 2016||$128,000 -
|SR. Digital/Implementation Analyst||Society Consulting||Austin, TX||Nov 16, 2015||$125,000|
|Implementation Analyst||Fast Enterprises LLC||Juneau, AK||Feb 02, 2015||$116,000|
|Sap/Ecm Implementation Analyst||Open Text, Inc.||Austin, TX||Nov 25, 2016||$115,000|
|SR. Wmos Implementation Analyst||Genuine Parts Company||Atlanta, GA||Nov 07, 2016||$115,000|
|Implementation Analyst||Simplesolve Inc.||Princeton, NJ||May 15, 2016||$115,000|
|Senior Implementation Analyst||Persistent Systems, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 28, 2015||$111,312|
|Implementation Analyst||The Hibbert Company||Trenton, NJ||Feb 23, 2016||$110,302|
|Senior Implementation Analyst (@PAR Application)||Management Health Solutions, Inc.||Tampa, FL||Mar 31, 2015||$110,000|
|Senior Implementation Analyst (@PAR Application)||Management Health Solutions, Inc.||Tampa, FL||Nov 16, 2015||$110,000|
|Senior Implementation Analyst (@PAR Application)||Management Health Solutions, Inc.||Tampa, FL||Jan 04, 2016||$110,000|
|SR. Wmos Implementation Analyst||Genuine Parts Company||Atlanta, GA||Nov 07, 2016||$110,000|
|Senior Implementation Analyst||Highradius Corporation||Houston, TX||Apr 05, 2016||$79,186 -
|Implementation Services Analyst||Data Innovations LLC||South Burlington, VT||Sep 21, 2016||$78,990|
|Senior Strategy Implementation Analyst||Barclays Bank Delaware||Newark, DE||May 13, 2015||$78,000|
|Systems Implementation Analyst||Primatics Financial, LLC||Salt Lake City, UT||Sep 15, 2015||$77,500|
|SR Strategy Implementation Analyst||Barclays Bank Delaware||Wilmington, DE||Jul 27, 2015||$76,000 -
|Business Implementation Analyst||Anjaneyap, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 30, 2016||$75,174|
|SR. Implementation Analyst||Persistent Systems, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 23, 2015||$74,922 -
|SR. Implementation Analyst||Persistent Systems, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Oct 03, 2016||$69,805 -
|SR. Implementation Analyst||Persistent Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 21, 2015||$69,805 -
|Healthcare Implementation Analyst||Transcend Insights, Inc.||Campbell, CA||Oct 15, 2015||$69,805 -
|SR Implementation Analyst||Persistent Systems, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 29, 2015||$69,805 -
|SR. Implementation Analyst||Persistent Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 28, 2015||$69,805 -
|Analytics Implementation Analyst||Saks Direct LLC||New York, NY||Feb 09, 2016||$68,000|
|Customer Implementation Analyst||Amadeus North America, Inc.||Miami, FL||Apr 25, 2016||$66,800|
|SR. Implementation Analyst||Persistent Systems, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 20, 2015||$66,602 -
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