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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 Hris Analyst||Zendesk, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 15, 2016||$135,000|
|Senior Hris Analyst||Zulily, LLC||Seattle, WA||Oct 26, 2016||$125,000|
|Senior Hris Analyst .02, Comp SYS Engnrs/Archs)||Zulily, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Nov 25, 2014||$125,000|
|Senior Hris Analyst||Chegg, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 19, 2015||$120,000|
|Senior Hris Analyst||Directv LLC||El Segundo, CA||Jun 21, 2016||$111,613 -
|Senior Hris Analyst||Mary Kay Inc.||Addison, TX||Aug 29, 2016||$110,000|
|Senior Hris Analyst||Mary Kay Inc.||Dallas, TX||Aug 24, 2016||$110,000|
|Senior Hris Analyst||Masonite Corporation||Tampa, FL||May 23, 2016||$105,000|
|SR. Hris Analyst||Latricrete International, Inc.||Bethany, CT||Jun 06, 2016||$103,771 -
|Senior Hris Analyst||Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Nov 16, 2015||$101,000 -
|SR. Hris Benefits Analyst||Randstad General Partner (Us), LLC||Atlanta, GA||Mar 11, 2016||$100,422|
|Senior Hris Analyst||CBRE Inc.||Dallas, TX||Sep 02, 2015||$100,000 -
|Senior Hris Analyst||CBRE, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Jan 21, 2015||$100,000|
|SR. Hris Analyst||Dana-Farber Cancer Institute||Boston, MA||May 07, 2012||$100,000|
|Senior Hris Analyst||CBRE Inc.||Dallas, TX||Jun 29, 2015||$98,904 -
|SR. Hris Benefits Analyst||Randstad General Partner (Us) LLC||Atlanta, GA||Sep 21, 2015||$95,000|
|Senior Hris Analyst||Sabre GLBL Inc.||Southlake, TX||Jan 09, 2016||$93,000|
|SR. Hris Analyst||CBRE, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Jan 21, 2013||$90,000 -
|Senior Hris Analyst||TYCO Healthcare Group LP||Mansfield, MA||Jul 22, 2011||$89,000|
|SR. Hris Analyst||Apollo Education Group Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||Jul 15, 2016||$88,525|
|Senior Hris Analyst||Apollo Education Group, Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||Aug 07, 2016||$88,150|
|Senior Hris Analyst||Hitachi America, Ltd. ('Hal')||Brisbane, CA||Mar 04, 2013||$85,000|
|Senior Hris Analyst||Express, LLC||Columbus, OH||Apr 08, 2013||$85,000|
|Senior Hris Analyst-Data Management||Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 17, 2011||$84,178 -
|Senior Hris Analyst-Data Management||Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 22, 2011||$84,178 -
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