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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|
|Oracle P2P Functional||Adept Computer Consultants Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 27, 2016||$139,829|
|Oracle P2P Functional||Adept Computer Consultants Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 25, 2016||$139,829|
|Senior Oracle Financial Functional Consultant||Tricore Solutions LLC||Quincy, MA||Dec 14, 2015||$135,000|
|Oracle Function Consultant||Isolvetechnology Inc.||Chantilly, VA||Jul 12, 2016||$132,000|
|Oracle Functional Consultant||Global Applications Solution LLC||New York, NY||Apr 21, 2016||$130,666|
|Oracle Functional Consultant||Isolvetechnology Inc.||Chantilly, VA||Sep 11, 2015||$125,757|
|Oracle Functional-Manufacturing and Planning||National Oilwell Varco, L.P.||Houston, TX||Jun 13, 2016||$123,178|
|Oracle Functional Consultant||Global Applications Solution LLC||New York, NY||Jun 21, 2016||$120,224|
|SR. Oracle SCM Functional Consultant||Amicus Systems Inc.||Louisville, KY||Nov 30, 2015||$120,000 -
|Oracle Techno-Functional Consultant (Multiple Openings)||NTT Data, Inc.||Plano, TX||Dec 20, 2016||$115,794|
|Oracle Techno-Functional Consultant (Multiple Openings)||NTT Data, Inc.||Plano, TX||Aug 12, 2016||$115,794|
|Oracle Techno-Functional Consultant (Multiple Openings)||NTT Data, Inc.||Plano, TX||Dec 12, 2016||$115,794|
|Oracle Apps Techno-Functional Consultant||NTT Data, Inc.||Plano, TX||May 08, 2015||$110,406|
|Oracle Finance Functional Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Denton, TX||Aug 15, 2016||$89,901|
|Oracle Functional Consultant||Isolvetechnology Inc.||Chantilly, VA||Jun 04, 2016||$89,669|
|Oracle Apps Techno-Functional Consultant||Deegit, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 26, 2016||$89,149 -
|Oracle Financials Functional Consultant||Isolvetechnology Inc.||Chantilly, VA||Jun 29, 2016||$88,878|
|Oracle HCM Functional Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Piscataway, NJ||Sep 04, 2015||$88,865|
|Oracle Finance Functional Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Iselin, NJ||Aug 11, 2015||$88,865|
|Oracle JDE Sales and Distribution Functional Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Saint Louis, MO||Jan 01, 2016||$85,677|
|Oracle Techno-Functional Consultant (Multiple Openings)||NTT Data, Inc.||Plano, TX||Mar 21, 2016||$79,747|
|Oracle Techno-Functional Consultant (Multiple Openings)||NTT Data, Inc.||Plano, TX||Jan 27, 2016||$79,747|
|Oracle Applications Finance Techno Functional Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Piscataway, NJ||Aug 16, 2015||$79,102|
|Oracle Apps Finance Techno Functional Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Piscataway, NJ||Aug 19, 2015||$79,102|
|Oracle Functional Consultant||HIH, Inc.||Waterloo, IL||Jul 09, 2016||$78,957|
|Oracle Purchasing Techno Functional Senior Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Malta, NY||Aug 01, 2015||$77,997|
|Oracle-JDE Manufacturing Functional Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Saint Louis, MO||Jun 02, 2015||$76,976|
|Oracle Functional Consultant||Javaji Systems Solutions Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Nov 15, 2016||$76,835 -
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