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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|
|Lead Data Analyst||Teladoc Inc.||Greenwich, CT||Jul 28, 2014||$150,000|
|Lead Data Analytics Analyst||The Options Clearing Corporation||Chicago, IL||Nov 07, 2016||$150,000|
|Lead Data Analyst||MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||Monterey Park, CA||Nov 14, 2016||$142,000|
|Lead Data Analyst||Esurance Insurance Services, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 22, 2016||$132,000|
|Lead Data Analyst||Esurance Insurance Services, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 24, 2016||$132,000|
|Senior Lead, Data Informatics Analyst||Shutterfly, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 01, 2013||$130,250|
|Lead Data Scientist/Analyst||Blackhawk Network, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 31, 2015||$130,000|
|Lead Data Analyst||General Electric Company||San Ramon, CA||Aug 17, 2015||$125,000 -
|Lead Applications-Data Conversion||World Fuel Services Corporation||Miami, FL||May 16, 2016||$125,000|
|Lead Manager-Data Analyst||AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company||Jersey City, NJ||May 01, 2014||$120,000|
|Lead, Data Informatics Analyst||Shutterfly, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||May 03, 2011||$120,000|
|Lead Data Analyst, Fraud Analytics||Barclays Bank Delaware||Wilmington, DE||Aug 10, 2015||$116,270|
|Lead Data Analyst||E*Trade Financial Corporation||Alpharetta, GA||Jun 14, 2016||$115,000|
|Lead Data Analyst||E*Trade Financial Corporation||Jersey City, NJ||Aug 10, 2015||$114,500 -
|Lead Data Analyst||E*Trade Financial Corporation||Jersey City, NJ||Dec 14, 2015||$112,900 -
|Lead Data Analyst||E*Trade Financial Corporation||Jersey City, NJ||Aug 15, 2015||$112,715 -
|Lead Data Analyst||E*Trade Financial Corporation||Jersey City, NJ||Aug 17, 2015||$112,715 -
|Lead Sustain Data Analyst||Onstar Corporation||Detroit, MI||Dec 19, 2014||$110,016|
|Lead Sustain Data Analyst||Onstar Corporation||Detroit, MI||Jan 02, 2014||$110,016|
|Lead Data Analyst, Credit Risk||Barclays Bank PLC||Islandia, NY||Nov 14, 2012||$110,000 -
|Lead Analyst-Data Science||Infosys Limited||Englewood Cliffs, NJ||Oct 10, 2016||$108,555|
|Lead Data Analyst||Fast Switch Ltd||Columbus, OH||May 16, 2016||$104,350|
|Lead Analyst-Data Science||Infosys Limited||VA||Jul 11, 2016||$101,744|
|Lead Analyst-Data Science||Infosys Limited||Atlanta, GA||Mar 10, 2016||$101,744|
|Lead Data Analyst||Datagence, Inc.||Red Bank, NJ||Apr 01, 2016||$95,000|
|Lead Data Analyst||Knack Systems LLC||East Rutherford, NJ||Jun 02, 2013||$92,000|
|Lead Analyst, Data Warehouse Reporting||Closure Systems International, Inc.||Richmond, VA||Jan 01, 2013||$90,015|
|Lead Analyst, Data Warehouse Reporting||Reynolds Consumer Products, Inc.||Richmond, VA||Sep 15, 2012||$90,015|
|Lead Programmer/Data Analyst||Global Software Development Services, Inc.||Minneapolis, MN||Oct 22, 2011||$88,000|
|Business Unit Lead Data Analyst||American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida||Atlanta, GA||Jan 07, 2016||$86,520|
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