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 Software Systems Developer||Barclays Services Corp||New York, NY||Nov 03, 2016||$158,000|
|Senior Systems Developer||Kofile Systems, Inc.||Dallas, TX||May 05, 2016||$145,000 -
|Senior System Developer||Acadia Management Company LLC||Franklin, TN||Dec 12, 2016||$140,675|
|Senior Order Management Systems (OMS) Developer||Lululemon USA Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 28, 2016||$138,362|
|Senior Content Management System Developer||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||May 01, 2015||$135,000|
|Senior Systems Development Engineer||Softworld, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Nov 07, 2016||$133,349|
|SR. Systems Development Engineer-Threat Research||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Mar 09, 2015||$130,000|
|Senior System Development Engineer-Threat Research||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Apr 18, 2016||$130,000|
|SR. Oracle Financial Systems Developer||1800Flowers.Com, Inc.||Carle Place, NY||Jul 15, 2015||$130,000|
|SR. System Development Engineer||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 12, 2015||$130,000|
|Senior Systems Development Engineer||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 08, 2016||$128,750|
|Senior Systems Development Engineer||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 26, 2015||$125,000|
|SR. Systems Developer||Capella University||Minneapolis, MN||Nov 04, 2016||$125,000|
|SR. Financial Systems Developer||Docusign, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 03, 2016||$125,000|
|Senior System Developer||School Spire, Inc.||Plano, TX||Jan 10, 2016||$117,000|
|Senior Software Systems Developer||Epic Systems Corporation||Verona, WI||Apr 04, 2015||$116,000 -
|Senior Software Systems Developer||Epic Systems Corporation||Verona, WI||Mar 06, 2015||$115,000 -
|Senior Software Systems Developer||Epic Systems Corporation||Verona, WI||Mar 02, 2015||$115,000 -
|Senior Software Systems Developer||Epic Systems Corporation||Verona, WI||Jan 28, 2015||$115,000 -
|Senior Systems Developer||Alphadyne Asset Management LLC||New York, NY||Jun 08, 2015||$115,000|
|Senior Software Systems Developer||Epic Systems Corporation||Verona, WI||Mar 04, 2015||$115,000 -
|Senior Iptv Systems Developer/Analyst||Abs-CBN International||Redwood City, CA||Feb 04, 2015||$113,610|
|Senior Analyst Business Systems, Payments Regional Development||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Buffalo, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$104,998|
|SR. Systems Developer Analyst||Intellisys Technology, LLC||Oak Brook, IL||Feb 12, 2015||$102,669|
|Senior Systems Developer||VED Innovations, Inc.||Irving, TX||Sep 29, 2016||$101,566|
|Senior Systems Developer II||Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC||Morrisville, NC||Jun 14, 2016||$100,526|
|Senior Specialist Systems Development||Prudential Insurance Company of America||Newark, NJ||Dec 10, 2015||$100,500 -
|Senior Systems Developer--Jde||The Taubman Company||Bloomfield Hills, MI||May 31, 2016||$100,000|
|Senior Web Systems Developer||Efficient Enterprise Engineering, Inc.||Tempe, AZ||Mar 13, 2015||$100,000|
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