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 Applications Analyst||First Data Technologies, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Sep 14, 2015||$150,000|
|Senior Applications Analyst||First Data Technologies, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 31, 2016||$150,000|
|SR. Applications Analyst (Financial Modules)||Herbalife International||Winston-Salem, NC||Jul 31, 2015||$150,000|
|Senior Applications Analyst||Kaspick and Company, LLC||Redwood City, CA||Aug 08, 2016||$138,362|
|SR. Applications Analyst||Herbalife International of America, Inc.||Torrance, CA||May 23, 2016||$132,878|
|Senior Applications Analyst||Kaspick and Company, LLC||Redwood City, CA||Jun 17, 2015||$132,081|
|Senior Applications Analyst||Kaspick and Company, LLC||Redwood City, CA||May 13, 2015||$132,080|
|Senior Applications Analyst||Kaspick & Company, LLC||Redwood City, CA||May 19, 2015||$132,080|
|Senior Application Analyst||First Data EC, LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Jan 11, 2016||$132,000|
|Senior Techno Functional Oracle Applications Analyst||Docmation LLC||Norcross, GA||Nov 14, 2016||$130,000|
|SR. ERP Application Analyst||Garmin International, Inc.||Olathe, KS||May 18, 2016||$130,000|
|Senior Applications Analyst||RCI, LLC||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||Feb 06, 2016||$128,000|
|SR. Software Analyst||VSLN International Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Jan 19, 2016||$126,422|
|Senior Software Analyst||Randstad Technologies, LP||Woburn, MA||Apr 08, 2016||$125,000|
|SR. Applications Analyst (MFG Module)||Herbalife International||Winston-Salem, NC||Jul 20, 2015||$113,245|
|SR. Applications Analyst, QA||Herbalife International||Torrance, CA||May 13, 2015||$112,420|
|Senior Applications Analyst||Gilead Sciences, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Feb 09, 2015||$112,177 -
|SR. Applications Analyst (QA)||Herbalife International of America, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Nov 20, 2015||$111,613|
|SR. Applications Analyst||Herbalife International of America, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 20, 2016||$111,613|
|Senior System Application Analyst||Oregon Health & Science University||Portland, OR||Mar 15, 2016||$110,370|
|Senior Applications Analyst||Carnival Corporation||Miami, FL||Sep 09, 2016||$110,000|
|Senior Application Analyst||University of Massachusetts Lowell||Lowell, MA||Sep 28, 2015||$110,000|
|SR. Applications Analyst||Snohomish County Public Utility District||Everett, WA||Oct 19, 2015||$99,709 -
|SR. Applications Analyst||Snohomish County Public Utility District||Everett, WA||Sep 14, 2015||$99,709 -
|ERP IT Senior HCM Application Analyst||AHS Information Services||Altamonte Springs, FL||Apr 19, 2016||$99,590|
|Senior Application Analyst||Idexx Laboratories, Inc.||Westbrook, ME||Aug 20, 2016||$99,500 -
|Senior Application Analyst||Idexx Laboratories, Inc.||Westbrook, ME||Mar 04, 2016||$99,500 -
|Senior Software Analyst||Intellectpeople Technologies, LLC.||Snellville, GA||Jan 26, 2015||$99,050|
|Senior Applications Analyst||First Data Technologies, Inc.||Omaha, NE||Sep 04, 2015||$99,000|
|Senior Applications Analyst||First Data Technologies, Inc.||Omaha, NE||Aug 08, 2016||$99,000|
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