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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|
|SR SAP Functional Analyst & Project Lead||Truqua Enterprises, LLC||Chicago, IL||May 20, 2016||$175,000|
|Senior SAP Functional Analyst||PVH Corp.||Bridgewater, NJ||Dec 21, 2015||$170,000|
|SR SAP Functional Analyst & Project Lead||Truqua Enterprises, LLC||Chicago, IL||May 20, 2016||$170,000|
|Senior SAP Functional Analyst||PVH Corp.||Bridgewater, NJ||Dec 26, 2016||$155,000|
|SAP SR. Functional Analyst/Consultant||Clarkston-Potomac Group, Inc.||Durham, NC||Jan 21, 2015||$153,000|
|SAP SR. Functional Analyst/Consultant||Clarkston-Potomac Group, Inc.||Durham, NC||Jan 23, 2015||$153,000|
|SR. Functional Analyst-SAP Fico||PVH Corp.||Bridgewater, NJ||Apr 21, 2016||$150,000|
|SAP SR. Functional Analyst/Consultant||Clarkston-Potomac Group, Inc.||Peapack and Gladstone, NJ||Jan 19, 2016||$147,000|
|SAP SR. Functional Analyst/Consultant||Clarkston-Potomac Group, Inc.||Durham, NC||Jan 19, 2016||$147,000|
|SR. Functional Analyst||Populus Group||Menlo Park, CA||Jun 22, 2015||$146,090|
|SR. Functional Analyst||Populus Group, LLC||Menlo Park, CA||May 10, 2015||$146,090|
|SR. Functional Analyst||Populus Group, LLC||Menlo Park, CA||Mar 23, 2016||$146,090|
|SR. Functional Analyst||Populus Group LLC||Menlo Park, CA||May 27, 2016||$146,090|
|SAP Senior Systems, Functional Analyst||Pentair Thermal Management LLC||Menlo Park, CA||Sep 09, 2015||$121,222 -
|Senior SAP Functional Analyst||Prosoft Technology Group, Inc.||Itasca, IL||Mar 30, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior SAP SD Functional Analyst||TIVO, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 12, 2015||$120,000|
|SR. SAP Project System Functional Analyst||Sigma-Aldrich Corporation||Saint Louis, MO||Mar 10, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior SAP Functional Analyst||Prosoft Technology Group, Inc.||Itasca, IL||Apr 16, 2015||$120,000|
|SR. OTM Techno-Functional Analyst||KSAP Technologies, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Mar 19, 2015||$120,000|
|SR. SAP Project System Functional Analyst||Sigma-Aldrich Corporation||Saint Louis, MO||Oct 03, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior Oracle Financials Functional Analyst||The Sherwin-Williams Company||Cleveland, OH||May 26, 2016||$103,917|
|Senior ERP Technical/Functional Analyst||Metropolitan Utilities District||Omaha, NE||Jan 07, 2016||$103,725|
|SR. Functional Analyst, Operations||Twin City Outdoor Services, Inc.||Plymouth, MN||Jan 08, 2015||$102,939|
|Senior Functional Analyst||Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company||Vienna, VA||Sep 14, 2015||$102,493|
|Senior SAP Functional Analyst (ISU Billing)||City of Huntsville Utilities||Huntsville, AL||Jun 05, 2016||$102,003|
|Senior Functional Analyst-HR||Recreational Equipment, Inc.||Kent, WA||Jul 20, 2015||$101,941 -
|SR. ERP Functional Analyst||Ciber, Inc.||Greenwood Village, CO||Jun 23, 2016||$101,754|
|Senior Functional Analyst||Razorfish, LLC||New York, NY||May 07, 2016||$100,755 -
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