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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 Computer Information Systems Analyst||Q Data USA Inc.||Naperville, IL||Dec 01, 2013||$231,000|
|SR. IT Business Systems Analyst||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 30, 2013||$130,000|
|SR. IT Business System Analyst||Riverbed Technology, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 11, 2016||$124,915 -
|SR. IT Business System Analyst||Riverbed Technology, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 01, 2016||$124,915 -
|Senior Information Systems Analyst||Xilinx, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 17, 2015||$123,188|
|SR IT Bus Systems Analyst||Gilead Sciences, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$121,222 -
|SR IT Business Systems Analyst||Gilead Sciences, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Jan 07, 2016||$121,222 -
|SR. IT Business Systems Analyst||Gilead Sciences, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Nov 11, 2016||$121,222 -
|Senior IT Systems Analyst Integrator||Envision, LLC||Phoenix, AZ||Oct 05, 2016||$120,640|
|Senior Information Systems Analyst||Xilinx, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 28, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior Principal IT Business Systems Analyst||Medtronic, Inc.||Mounds View, MN||Mar 02, 2014||$119,646|
|Senior Principal IT Business Systems Analyst||Medtronic, Inc.||Mounds View, MN||Jan 06, 2014||$119,646|
|Senior Business Information Systems Analyst||Iheartmedia Management Services, Inc.||San Antonio, TX||Jan 01, 2016||$110,000|
|SR. IT Business Systems Analyst||Medtronic, Inc.||Minneapolis, MN||Jun 27, 2016||$106,954|
|Senior IT Systems Analyst||Genworth North America Corporation||Richmond, VA||May 05, 2016||$101,300|
|Senior IT Systems Analyst||Genworth North America Corporation||Richmond, VA||Dec 27, 2015||$100,700|
|Senior IT Systems Integration Analyst||Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.||Branchburg, NJ||Feb 10, 2015||$100,531 -
|SR. PR. IT Business Systems Analyst||Medtronic, Inc.||Mounds View, MN||Feb 22, 2016||$100,506 -
|Senior IT Business Systems Analyst||Liggett Vector Brands LLC||Morrisville, NC||Feb 24, 2013||$100,248|
|SR. IT Business Systems Analyst||Medtronic, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jul 27, 2015||$100,000|
|SR. IT Business Systems Analyst-Global IT||Baxter Healthcare Corporation||Deerfield, IL||Apr 25, 2016||$100,000|
|Senior IT Systems Analyst||Optum Services, Inc.||Ridgefield, NJ||May 15, 2015||$98,900 -
|Senior IT Systems Analyst||Daniels Associates, Inc.||Indianapolis, IN||Sep 01, 2013||$90,000|
|Senior IT Business Systems Analyst||American Electric Power||Columbus, OH||Sep 02, 2014||$90,000 -
|Senior Information Systems Analyst||Clearwater Paper Corporation||Spokane, WA||Mar 06, 2016||$90,000 -
|Senior Human Resources Information Systems (Hris) Analyst||IGT, Inc.||Reno, NV||Dec 10, 2014||$90,000 -
|Senior Information Systems Analyst||Able Freight Services, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 13, 2013||$89,073|
|Senior IT Systems Analyst||Genworth North America Corporation||Richmond, VA||Jan 02, 2015||$88,837 -
|Senior IT Systems Analyst||Optum Services, Inc.||Ridgefield, NJ||Jul 25, 2016||$88,600 -
|Senior IT Systems Analyst||United Healthcare Services, Inc.||Eden Prairie, MN||Jun 24, 2013||$88,442 -
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