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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|
|Senior SAP SD Systems Consultant||Attune Consulting USA Inc.||Burlington, MA||Apr 15, 2015||$135,000|
|SR. SAP Sd/Le Consultant||ATOS It Solutions and Services, Inc.||Ladson, SC||Sep 01, 2016||$134,615|
|SR. SAP Sd/Le Consultant||ATOS It Solutions and Services, Inc.||Ladson, SC||Jan 09, 2016||$134,615|
|SAP SD Consultant||Populus Group LLC||Greensboro, NC||Jul 18, 2016||$133,568|
|SR. SAP Sd/Le Consultant||ATOS It Solutions and Services, Inc.||NY||Apr 13, 2015||$133,282|
|SR. SAP Sd/Cs Consultant||Atos It Solutions and Services, Inc.||NY||Oct 17, 2016||$131,246|
|SR. SAP Sd/Cs Consultant||ATOS It Solutions and Services, Inc.||Portland, OR||Sep 15, 2015||$131,246|
|Senior SAP SD Systems Consultant||Attune Consulting USA Inc.||Burlington, MA||Apr 15, 2015||$130,000|
|SAP SD Consultant||Attune Consulting USA, Inc.||Burlington, MA||Oct 13, 2015||$125,000|
|SAP SD Functional Consultant||Tata Consultancy Services Limited||Redmond, WA||Aug 31, 2016||$120,000 -
|SAP SD Functional Consultant||Tata Consultancy Services Limited||Redmond, WA||Nov 21, 2016||$120,000 -
|SAP SD Consultant||Knack Systems LLC||Berkeley Heights, NJ||Dec 27, 2015||$120,000|
|SAP SD Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Hoboken, NJ||Nov 25, 2015||$114,325|
|Onsite SAP SD Senior Advisory Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||San Jose, CA||Jan 05, 2016||$113,407|
|SAP SD Consultant||Denken Solutions, Inc.||Glendale, CA||Nov 09, 2016||$93,915|
|SAP SD Consultant||IBM India Pvt Ltd||Secaucus, NJ||Aug 19, 2015||$92,404|
|SAP SD Techno Functional Programmer||Robustware Inc.||Lafayette, IN||Aug 29, 2016||$92,000|
|SAP SD Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Hoboken, NJ||Feb 24, 2015||$90,286|
|SAP SD Consultant||Advanced Technology Group USA, Inc.||Dublin, OH||Mar 18, 2016||$90,000|
|SAP SD Consultant||Logic Rule, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Jan 03, 2016||$90,000|
|SAP SD Functional Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||San Diego, CA||Oct 01, 2016||$89,901 -
|Senior SAP SD Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Hoboken, NJ||Oct 15, 2015||$89,901|
|SAP SD Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Warrenville, IL||Jan 01, 2015||$77,604|
|SAP SD Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Warrenville, IL||Aug 13, 2015||$77,604|
|SAP SD Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Irving, TX||Nov 01, 2015||$77,604 -
|SAP SD Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Chesterbrook, PA||Jun 15, 2016||$77,334|
|SAP SD Consultant||IBM India Private Linmited||Gloucester, MA||Jan 01, 2016||$77,197|
|SAP SD Consultant||IBM India Private Limited||Gloucester, MA||Jan 22, 2015||$77,197|
|SAP SD Consultant||Revere Info Tech, Inc.||San Rafael, CA||Nov 08, 2016||$76,125|
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