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|
|Principal Systems Analyst||SVB Financial Group||Santa Clara, CA||May 12, 2016||$143,500 -
|SR. Principal Systems Analyst||Symantec Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Jul 04, 2016||$141,593|
|Principal Systems Analyst, Clinical Systems||Stanford Hospital & Clinics||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 10, 2015||$140,000 -
|Principal Systems Programmer Analyst||Biomarin Pharmaceutical, Inc.||Novato, CA||Apr 04, 2011||$135,000 -
|Principal Systems Analyst||Forest Research Institute, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Jan 20, 2011||$131,238|
|Principal Systems Analyst||SVB Financial Group||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 21, 2015||$130,166 -
|Principal Systems Analyst||Smartbridge LLC||Houston, TX||Aug 02, 2016||$125,445|
|Hrit Principal Systems Analyst||Linkedin Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 19, 2016||$122,081 -
|Principal System Analyst||C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.||Houston, TX||Apr 22, 2015||$120,500|
|Principal Enterprise Systems Analyst||National Medical Care, Inc., A Fresenius Medical Care N.A. Company||Waltham, MA||Mar 10, 2016||$120,000|
|Principal Systems Analyst||SVB Financial Group||San Diego, CA||Jun 28, 2016||$120,000|
|Principal Systems Analyst||Bristlecone Inc.||Newark, DE||Jun 07, 2011||$118,000|
|Principal System Analyst||CCM Consulting Services, Inc.||Short Hills, NJ||Apr 23, 2012||$115,000|
|IT Principal Systems Analyst 1, Development||Directv LLC||El Segundo, CA||Nov 07, 2016||$111,613 -
|IT Principal Systems Analyst 1, Development||Directv LLC||El Segundo, CA||Aug 10, 2015||$111,613 -
|IT Principal Systems Analyst 2, Development||Directv LLC||El Segundo, CA||Aug 06, 2016||$111,613 -
|Principal Systems Analyst||SVB Financial Group||San Diego, CA||Oct 27, 2014||$111,500 -
|Principal Systems Analyst||SRI International||Menlo Park, CA||Apr 12, 2016||$111,100 -
|Principal Systems Analyst||SRI International||Menlo Park, CA||Dec 04, 2016||$111,100 -
|Principal Systems Analyst||National Medical Care, Inc., A Fresenius Medical Care N.A. Company||Waltham, MA||Sep 19, 2016||$110,000|
|Principal Systems Validation Analyst||Genentech, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Jan 02, 2011||$108,675|
|Principal Systems Analyst||Convatec, Inc.||Skillman, NJ||Jul 01, 2011||$100,000|
|IT Principal Systems Analyst 1, Development||Directv LLC||Englewood, CO||Aug 18, 2016||$99,300 -
|Senior Principal Systems Analyst||Nuance Communications, Inc.||Melbourne, FL||Aug 26, 2014||$98,000|
|Principal Systems Analyst||Fidelity Service Company, Inc.||Merrimack, NH||Oct 01, 2015||$95,493 -
|Principal Hris Systems Analyst||Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory||Berkeley, CA||Dec 17, 2014||$94,453 -
|Principal Systems Analyst||Liberty Mutual Insurance Company||Dover, NH||May 24, 2010||$94,224 -
|Principal Systems Analyst (PLM)||Reebok International Ltd.||Canton, MA||Sep 12, 2014||$92,422|
|Principal System Analyst||Reebok International Ltd.||Canton, MA||Sep 24, 2012||$92,260|
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