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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|
|Systems Lead||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||May 17, 2016||$170,000|
|Lead Systems Analyst||MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$155,000|
|Lead Systems Analyst/Architect||Vuegen Technologies, Inc.||Austin, TX||Apr 11, 2016||$144,000|
|Lead Systems Analyst||Wellington Management Company LLP||Boston, MA||Sep 06, 2016||$140,000|
|Lead Systems Analyst||MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 26, 2016||$139,650|
|Lead Systems Analyst||Inovant, LLC||Foster City, CA||Mar 20, 2016||$138,362 -
|Lead Systems Analyst||Wellington Management Company, LLP||Boston, MA||Dec 01, 2015||$138,000|
|Lead Systems Analyst||Wellington Management Company LLP||Boston, MA||Jan 12, 2015||$138,000|
|Hyperion Planning Lead Systems Analyst||Marsh & McLennan Co.||Hoboken, NJ||Jul 13, 2015||$135,000|
|Lead Systems Analyst||Wellington Management Company, LLP||Boston, MA||Sep 14, 2015||$135,000|
|Lead Systems Analyst||Wellington Management Company LLP||Boston, MA||Sep 21, 2015||$135,000|
|Lead Systems Analyst||Servicenow, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jan 29, 2016||$135,000|
|Project Leader/Systems Analyst||Moog Inc.||East Aurora, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$108,638|
|Smts-Systems Engrg (Lead Systems Cslt-Sys Anly & Prog)||Verizon Data Services LLC||Irving, TX||Aug 11, 2016||$108,566|
|Lead Systems Analyst-Java Development||RGA Enterprise Services Company||Chesterfield, MO||Jul 25, 2016||$108,056|
|Leader, Systems Analyst||Mastercard International Incorporated||OFallon, MO||Jun 21, 2016||$108,056 -
|Lead Systems Analyst||G3 Infotek Inc.||South Plainfield, NJ||Apr 08, 2016||$106,371 -
|Lead Manager-Systems Analyst||AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company||Syracuse, NY||Aug 31, 2015||$106,000|
|Lead Systems Analyst-FIM & BIR||The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.||Boston, MA||Aug 08, 2016||$105,000 -
|Lead Systems Analyst||Wellington Management Company, LLP||Boston, MA||Jan 09, 2015||$105,000 -
|Lead Systems Analyst||GSI Group Corporation||Bedford, MA||Feb 05, 2016||$93,517 -
|Lead Systems Analyst||Elite Solutions Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Oct 02, 2016||$93,371|
|HW Lead Systems Analyst Advanced||Hewitt Associates LLC||The Woodlands, TX||May 19, 2016||$92,900|
|Systems Lead||Mindtree Limited||Dulles Town Center, VA||Aug 18, 2016||$92,248 -
|HW Lead Systems Analyst Advanced||Hewitt Associates LLC||The Woodlands, TX||May 27, 2016||$91,382|
|Lead Project Delivery/Systems Analyst||VISH Consulting Services, Inc.||Hopkins, MN||Sep 20, 2016||$91,200|
|Lead Systems Analyst||Ocher Technology Group||Alpharetta, GA||Oct 27, 2015||$91,000|
|Lead-Systems Analyst||The Digital Group of Companies, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 26, 2016||$90,000|
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