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|
|Software Technical Implementation Lead||Leeyo Software, Inc.||Frisco, TX||Jan 15, 2016||$179,300|
|Product Implementation Lead||Riversand Technologies, Inc.||Houston, TX||Apr 16, 2015||$143,915|
|Software Technical Implementation Lead||Leeyo Software, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Dec 03, 2013||$143,000|
|Software Technical Implementation Lead||Leeyo Software, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Apr 19, 2011||$130,000|
|Esampling Client & Channel Implementations Lead||Aptus Health, Inc.||Reading, MA||Nov 13, 2016||$128,544|
|Lead Implementer||Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.||White Plains, NY||Jan 10, 2016||$112,500 -
|Lead Implementer||Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.||White Plains, NY||Feb 16, 2015||$112,500 -
|Lead Implementer||Twofour Systems, LLC||White Plains, NY||Nov 23, 2015||$112,500|
|Lead Implementer||Twofour Systems, LLC||White Plains, NY||Apr 24, 2015||$112,500|
|Implementation Leader for Work Processes||The Dow Chemical Company||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2011||$110,000 -
|Senior Implementation Leader (Pharma/Clinical Studies)||Genentech, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Oct 29, 2015||$103,771 -
|Strategy Implementation Lead||Barclays Bank Delaware||Wilmington, DE||Oct 31, 2016||$100,000|
|Business Systems Implementation Lead||Sutter Physician Services||Rancho Cordova, CA||Nov 04, 2013||$95,000|
|Business Analyst Implementation Lead||Lexisnexis Risk Solutions, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Nov 20, 2014||$92,000 -
|Business Analyst Implementation Lead||Lexisnexis Risk Solutions, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Aug 15, 2011||$92,000 -
|Business Analyst Implementation Lead||Lexisnexis Risk Solutions, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Aug 15, 2014||$90,325 -
|SAS Production Implementation Lead||Barclays Bank Delaware||Wilmington, DE||Nov 16, 2015||$90,000 -
|Site Implementation Lead||Shipcom Wireless Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 01, 2015||$85,000|
|SAS Production Implementation Lead||Barclays Bank Delaware||Wilmington, DE||Jul 21, 2014||$85,000 -
|BA Implementation Lead||Insurity Inc.||Hartford, CT||Oct 14, 2014||$84,000|
|Successfactors Implementation Lead||Veritas Prime LLC||Woodcliff Lake, NJ||Dec 04, 2015||$80,000|
|Successfactors Implementation Lead||Veritas Prime LLC||Woodcliff Lake, NJ||Apr 12, 2015||$80,000|
|Success Factors-Implementation Lead||Veritas Prime, LLC||Culver City, CA||Nov 03, 2016||$80,000|
|SAS Production Implementation Lead Analyst||Barclays Bank Delaware||Wilmington, DE||Dec 20, 2013||$80,000 -
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