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|
|Lead SAP Business Analyst, IT||Tesoro Companies, Inc.||San Antonio, TX||Jan 22, 2016||$167,500|
|SR. SAP Revenue Recognition Business Analyst||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Nov 16, 2015||$157,000|
|SAP Business Warehouse Analyst||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Nov 27, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior SAP Gatp Business Analyst||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Apr 27, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior SAP Business Analyst||Maxum Petroleum Operating Company||Knoxville, TN||Sep 29, 2015||$149,000|
|SAP Business Analyst||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Mar 19, 2015||$147,000|
|SR. SAP Business Analyst||Impax Laboratories, Inc.||Middlesex, NJ||Jul 06, 2015||$145,000|
|SR. SAP Fico Business Analyst||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 24, 2016||$143,000|
|SR. SAP Fico Business Analyst||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jun 21, 2016||$143,000|
|SAP Fico Business Analyst||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 27, 2015||$143,000|
|Senior SAP Business Analyst||AIG Employee Services, Inc.||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||Feb 29, 2016||$140,000|
|SR. SAP Business Analyst, Mm/Wm||Impax Laboratories, Inc.||Hayward, CA||Aug 22, 2016||$111,176 -
|Senior SAP Business Analyst||Veolia North America, Inc. F/K/A Veolia Environnement North America Op||Milwaukee, WI||Sep 14, 2015||$110,000|
|SAP Business Analyst||Vallourec USA Corporation||Houston, TX||Oct 28, 2015||$110,000|
|SAP Fico Business Analyst||Medline Industries, Inc.||Mundelein, IL||Apr 13, 2015||$110,000|
|Senior SAP Business Analyst||Semtech Corporation||Camarillo, CA||May 01, 2015||$110,000 -
|Senior SAP Business Analyst IT||Tesoro Companies, Inc.||San Antonio, TX||Jan 18, 2016||$110,000|
|SAP Business Analyst||L Perrigo Company||Allegan, MI||Mar 30, 2015||$110,000|
|SAP PTP Business Analyst||Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc.||Cleveland, OH||Jun 17, 2016||$92,435 -
|SAP Business Analyst||McKesson Corporation||Carrollton, TX||Apr 01, 2016||$92,300 -
|SAP Sd/Mm Business Analyst||Lewis Resource Management, LLC||San Antonio, TX||Jun 08, 2015||$92,000|
|SAP Sd/Mm Business Analyst||Lewis Resource Management, LLC||San Antonio, TX||Aug 06, 2015||$92,000|
|SAP Abap Business Analyst||Vallourec USA Corporation||Houston, TX||Oct 05, 2016||$90,000 -
|SAP Pricing Business Analyst||As America, Inc.||Piscataway, NJ||Sep 11, 2015||$90,000 -
|SAP Business Analyst||Erp Integrated Solutions||Long Beach, CA||Oct 20, 2016||$90,000 -
|SAP Business Analyst II||Dawn Food Products, Inc.||Jackson, MI||Nov 15, 2016||$89,868|
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