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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. Program Analyst||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||Apr 25, 2016||$136,348|
|Senior Program Analyst||Extreme Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Nov 13, 2012||$133,078 -
|Senior Statistical Programming Analyst||Genentech, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Sep 23, 2012||$128,252|
|SR. Program Analyst||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Dec 30, 2013||$125,000|
|Senior Hris Program Analyst||Boart Longyear Company||Salt Lake City, UT||Nov 15, 2014||$125,000|
|SR. Program Analyst||Infogain Corporation||Los Gatos, CA||Aug 30, 2016||$125,000|
|Senior Program Analyst||Honeywell International Inc.||Melville, NY||Sep 09, 2014||$121,184|
|Senior Programming Analyst||Intelliswift Software, Inc.||Fremont, CA||Jan 05, 2011||$120,000|
|Smts-Systems Analysis & Programs (Senior Functional Analyst)||Verizon Telematics Inc.||Atlanta, GA||May 25, 2015||$118,965|
|SR. Program Mananger||Anira Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Feb 22, 2016||$115,000|
|SR. Program Analyst||Rei Systems, Inc.||Sterling, VA||Jul 20, 2015||$114,795|
|Senior Program Analyst||The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.||Jersey City, NJ||Jan 27, 2011||$110,000|
|SR. Developer/Programer Analyst III, Appl. Integra||Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||May 20, 2013||$100,300 -
|SR. Program Analyst||Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center||New York, NY||Aug 12, 2016||$100,000|
|Senior Program Analyst||Sourcefire, Inc.||Columbia, MD||Feb 15, 2011||$100,000|
|Senior Program Analyst||Wake Forest University Health Sciences||Winston-Salem, NC||Oct 15, 2012||$100,000|
|Senior Program Analyst/Developer||Prudent Technologies, Inc.||Arlington, VA||Jan 15, 2013||$99,000|
|Software Engineer/Sr. Programming Analyst||General Hospital Corporation||Boston, MA||Jun 18, 2012||$96,500|
|Senior Oracle Program Analyst||Mastec Services Company, Inc.||Coral Gables, FL||Oct 01, 2014||$95,000 -
|Senior Programer Analyst||DVR Softek, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Sep 13, 2016||$95,000|
|Senior Program Analyst||Amerigas Propane, Inc.||King of Prussia, PA||Dec 15, 2015||$87,006|
|Senior Programer Analyst||Techwave Consulting Inc.||Exton, PA||Nov 10, 2014||$85,000|
|ATG Commerce Senior Program Analyst||Calance Corpration||Grand Rapids, MI||Apr 03, 2012||$85,000|
|Senior Programer Analyst||Techwave Consulting Inc.||Exton, PA||Dec 23, 2014||$85,000|
|Senior Programer Analyst||Techwave Consulting Inc.||Exton, PA||Dec 18, 2014||$85,000|
|ATG Commerce Senior Program Analyst||Calance Corporation||Dallas, TX||Apr 04, 2012||$85,000|
|Senior Programer Analyst||Techwave Consulting Inc.||Exton, PA||Dec 05, 2014||$85,000|
|Senior License and Contract Compliance Program Man||Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc.||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Sep 10, 2014||$85,000|
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