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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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Pennsylvania State University9.1%
University of Southern California8.2%
New York University5.5%
University of Chicago4.5%
Wayne State University4.5%
University of Missouri - Columbia4.5%
George Washington University4.5%
University of Connecticut3.6%
State University of New York Albany3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Dvlp/Prgm ENT. Integrated SOL. Lead||Strategic Staffing Solutions, L.C.||San Antonio, TX||Feb 23, 2016||$201,917|
|Joint Integrity Leader||Hydratight Operations Inc.||Deer Park, TX||Jul 03, 2016||$180,000|
|Joint Integrity Leader||Hydratight Operations Inc.||Deer Park, TX||Apr 20, 2015||$180,000|
|CPU Integration Lead||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Nov 06, 2013||$172,000 -
|Integrated Planning NOE Lead||Conocophillips Company||Houston, TX||Feb 17, 2014||$165,948 -
|Global Integrated Insights Leader||Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.||Deerfield, IL||Jan 27, 2014||$165,651 -
|Lead, Integration Platform Services||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||Oct 29, 2015||$145,600|
|Data Integration Lead||Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.||Indianapolis, IN||Oct 26, 2015||$140,000 -
|Data Integration Lead||Disney Worldwide Services, Inc.||Burbank, CA||Sep 17, 2015||$137,791|
|Integrity Management Lead||Technip USA, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 20, 2014||$135,000|
|IT Lead, Data Integration||Purdue Pharma LP||Stamford, CT||Apr 29, 2016||$132,000 -
|Integrations & Content Lead||Upguard Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Oct 24, 2016||$130,000|
|SAP Integration Lead||Honeywell International Inc.||Golden Valley, MN||Feb 17, 2013||$127,500|
|Lead Program Integrator||Clarient Diagnostic Services, Inc.||Aliso Viejo, CA||Jun 27, 2013||$112,000 -
|Integration Leader||Schlumberger Technology Corporation||Rosharon, TX||Feb 01, 2012||$111,410|
|Lead Tibco Integrator||GATX Corporation||Chicago, IL||Mar 22, 2011||$110,000 -
|Data Integration Lead||Autodesk, Inc.||San Rafael, CA||Jul 11, 2011||$106,891 -
|SAP Functional Lead/Integration Director||TBC Corporation||Juno Beach, FL||Dec 26, 2011||$105,000|
|Integration Lead||Bridgestone Americas, Inc.||Nashville, TN||Aug 10, 2015||$105,000|
|Workday Integration Lead||Masonite Corporation||Tampa, FL||May 23, 2016||$105,000|
|FP&A Integration Leader, Respiratory & Sleep||Datex-Ohmeda, Inc.||Madison, WI||Aug 14, 2013||$105,000 -
|Lead Program Integrator-Software||GE Medical Systems, LLC||Waukesha, WI||Sep 08, 2013||$92,000 -
|Lead Program Integrator, Business Separation||GE Medical Systems Information Technologies, Inc.||Milwaukee, WI||May 09, 2014||$92,000 -
|Data Integration Lead||Accenture LLP||Chicago, IL||May 01, 2016||$91,300|
|Lead Program Integrator||GE Medical Systems Information Technologies, Inc.||Milwaukee, WI||Apr 26, 2012||$90,000 -
|Lead Program Integrator||Datex-Ohmeda, Inc.||Laurel, MD||Aug 15, 2016||$90,000 -
|Lead Software Integrator||GE Medical Systems, LLC||Waukesha, WI||Aug 01, 2012||$90,000 -
|Lead Program Integrator||Datex-Ohmeda, Inc.||Laurel, MD||Feb 16, 2015||$90,000 -
|Lead Program Integrator-Software||GE Medical Systems, LLC||Waukesha, WI||Aug 24, 2015||$90,000 -
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