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 Technical Consultant||Apex It Services, LLC||Columbia, MD||Dec 14, 2016||$136,635|
|Oracle EBS Technical Lead||General Electric Company||Norwalk, CT||Oct 27, 2016||$128,000|
|Oracle EBS Technical Lead||General Electric Company||Stamford, CT||Feb 11, 2015||$128,000|
|Practice Head-Oracle Technical Practice||Zensar Technologies Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 15, 2015||$127,837 -
|Oracle Technical Consultant||Accenture LLP||Erlanger, KY||Oct 05, 2015||$125,400|
|Oracle ERP Technical Lead (Om/Svc)||Ingersoll Rand Company||Charlotte, NC||Feb 23, 2015||$122,000|
|Oracle Apps-Tech Lead||Weight Watchers International Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 12, 2015||$120,000|
|Oracle Apps Technical Lead||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Mar 06, 2015||$120,000 -
|Oracle ADF & Webcenter Tech Lead||Life Technologies Corporation||Carlsbad, CA||Feb 02, 2015||$115,149 -
|Oracle Apps Technical Consultant||Unique System Skills LLC||Nashua, NH||Jun 13, 2016||$115,107|
|Technical Lead-Oracle Ecommerce||Deluxe Corporation||Shoreview, MN||Feb 02, 2015||$113,797 -
|Manager-Oracle Technology||Igloo Products Corporation||Katy, TX||Aug 23, 2016||$113,531|
|Manager, Oracle Technology||Sleepy's, LLC||Hicksville, NY||Jan 17, 2016||$110,000 -
|Oracle EBS Technical Lead||Brink's, Incorporated||Coppell, TX||Jul 13, 2015||$98,904|
|Oracle Technical Consultant||NTT Data, Inc.||Plano, TX||Feb 10, 2015||$98,904|
|Oracle Commerce Technical Lead||Deluxe Corporation||Shoreview, MN||May 18, 2015||$95,035 -
|Oracle Application Technical Consultant||Unique System Skills LLC||Keene, NH||Apr 20, 2015||$95,000|
|Oracle Technical Lead||The Sherwin-Williams Company||Cleveland, OH||Feb 09, 2016||$95,000 -
|Oracle Application Technical Consultant||Unique System Skills LLC||Grafton, WI||Jan 03, 2016||$95,000|
|Oracle Technical Consultant||Idexcel, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Sep 16, 2016||$93,000|
|Oracle BI Technical Lead||IBM India Private Limited||Schaumburg, IL||Jan 04, 2016||$81,837|
|SR. Oracle Applications Technical Consultant II||Appstek Inc.||Addison, TX||Sep 01, 2015||$80,000|
|Oracle Applications Technical Consultant||Global Applications Solution, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 11, 2015||$75,000|
|Oracle Technical Lead||Global Applications Solution, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 26, 2015||$75,000|
|Oracle Technical Consultant||Iconsoft Inc.||Cleveland, OH||Apr 18, 2016||$75,000|
|Oracle Technical Consultant||Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc.||Columbus, IN||Oct 19, 2016||$74,942|
|Oracle EBS Technical Consultant||TEK Leaders Inc.||Corte Madera, CA||Oct 19, 2015||$74,922|
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