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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|
|AVP, Senior Production Support Analyst||Barclays Capital Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 19, 2016||$122,000 -
|Assistant Vice President, Senior Production Support Analyst||Barclays Capital Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 23, 2013||$118,000|
|Senior Production Support Analyst||Iris Software, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Aug 07, 2016||$116,709|
|Senior Production Support Analyst||Barclays Capital Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 18, 2011||$115,000|
|SR. Oracle EBS Production Support Analyst||Interactive Communications International, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Jan 19, 2015||$110,000|
|SR. Production Support Analyst||Electric Reliability Council of Texas||Taylor, TX||Mar 18, 2015||$105,000|
|SR. Oracle Production Support Analyst||First American Title Insurance Company||Santa Ana, CA||Apr 13, 2015||$104,062 -
|SR. Oracle Production Support Analyst||First American Title Insurance Company||Santa Ana, CA||Jun 01, 2015||$104,062 -
|Senior Production Support Analyst||Iris Software, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Feb 22, 2016||$100,000|
|SR. Production Support Analyst||Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc.||Taylor, TX||Sep 01, 2014||$100,000 -
|SR. Production Support Analyst||Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc.||Taylor, TX||Feb 05, 2016||$100,000 -
|Senior .NET Production Support Analyst||Data, Inc.||Montvale, NJ||May 02, 2014||$100,000 -
|SR. Production Support Analyst||Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc.||Taylor, TX||Apr 01, 2014||$100,000 -
|Senior Production Support Analyst||Direct Energy LP||Tulsa, OK||Sep 01, 2015||$97,000|
|Senior Production Support Analyst||Direct Energy LP||Tulsa, OK||Sep 22, 2014||$97,000|
|Senior Production Support Analyst||Verisk Health, Inc.||Richmond, VA||Sep 03, 2015||$86,466|
|Senior Production Support Analyst||McAfee, Inc.||Plano, TX||Sep 19, 2013||$85,426 -
|Senior Production Support Analyst||RBC Capital Markets, LLC||New York, NY||Feb 14, 2015||$82,400 -
|SR Production Support Analyst||Caremark, LLC||Northbrook, IL||Jul 03, 2013||$80,974 -
|Senior Production Support Analyst||Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc.||Taylor, TX||Sep 02, 2011||$80,214 -
|SR. Production Support Programmer Analyst||T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.||Owings Mills, MD||Mar 21, 2016||$76,632 -
|SR. Production Support Analyst (SR. Systems Analyst)||Anira Solutions, Inc.||Middletown, NJ||Apr 01, 2015||$75,000|
|SR. Production Support Analyst (SR. Systems Analyst)||Dataintel Inc.||Middletown, NJ||Apr 02, 2015||$75,000|
|Senior Production Support Analyst||D2Hawkeye, Inc.||Richmond, VA||Nov 19, 2012||$75,000|
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