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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 Data Analyst||Netflix||Los Gatos, CA||Oct 30, 2015||$260,000|
|Senior Data Analyst||Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC||New York, NY||Mar 24, 2016||$179,800|
|Sr.Data Analyst||Amicus Systems Inc.||Hillsdale, NY||Feb 27, 2015||$166,960|
|Senior Data Analyst||Amicus Systems Inc.||Hillsdale, NY||Mar 16, 2015||$166,960|
|Senior Data Analyst||Aviso, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$165,000|
|Senior Data Analyst||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Apr 15, 2016||$164,382|
|Senior Risk Data Analyst||First Republic Bank||San Francisco, CA||Jan 02, 2015||$160,000|
|Senior Risk Data Analyst||First Republic Bank||San Francisco, CA||Jul 27, 2016||$160,000|
|SR. Data Analyst||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Nov 19, 2015||$145,000 -
|Senior Data Analyst||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||May 24, 2016||$145,000|
|SR. Data Analyst||Arch Systems, LLC||Baltimore, MD||Feb 18, 2016||$145,000|
|Senior Data Analyst||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Apr 01, 2016||$144,000|
|SR. Data and BI Analyst||Intellipro Group Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Apr 04, 2016||$142,376|
|Senior Data Analyst||McKesson Corporation||King of Prussia, PA||Oct 20, 2016||$99,910|
|Senior Data Analyst||Inovalon, Inc.||Raleigh, NC||Jul 09, 2015||$99,750 -
|Senior Financial Data Analyst||IQR Consulting||Reston, VA||Jan 06, 2016||$99,445|
|Senior Data Analyst||Mercy Health||Saint Louis, MO||Mar 06, 2016||$99,112|
|Senior Data Analyst||Mercy Health||Saint Louis, MO||Sep 12, 2016||$99,112|
|SR. Data Insights Analyst||Yahoo! Inc.||Vista, CA||Dec 12, 2016||$99,000 -
|SR. Data Warehouse Analyst||Insurance Company of The West||San Diego, CA||Sep 09, 2015||$98,550|
|Senior Consultant/Senior Data Analyst||Capgemini U.S. LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Mar 30, 2015||$98,405 -
|SR. Data Analyst||IHS Global Inc.||Washington, DC||Mar 28, 2016||$84,656|
|Senior Data Analyst||Comscore, Inc.||Reston, VA||Dec 09, 2016||$84,656|
|Senior Data Analyst||Capital One Services II LLC||Las Vegas, NV||Oct 13, 2016||$84,600 -
|Senior Data Analyst||Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC||Durham, NC||Jul 03, 2016||$84,531 -
|Senior Data Analyst||Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC||Durham, NC||Sep 28, 2015||$84,531 -
|Senior Data Analyst||Capital One Services II LLC||Rolling Meadows, IL||Jun 15, 2016||$84,530 -
|Senior Data Analyst||Capital One Services, LLC||McLean, VA||Aug 03, 2015||$84,500 -
|Senior Data Analyst||Casino Marketing Alliance LLC||San Francisco, CA||Sep 23, 2015||$84,430|
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