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 Technical Analyst/Developer||Klish Group, Inc.||Old Bridge, NJ||Mar 09, 2016||$172,178|
|Senior Business & Technical Analyst||Transcend Street Solutions Inc.||Piscataway, NJ||Mar 30, 2015||$160,000|
|Senior Technology Analyst||Amidi Partners, LLC||Sunnyvale, CA||Mar 31, 2016||$153,000|
|Senior Technology Analyst||MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 29, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior Technical Analyst||AIG Employee Services, Inc.||Wilton, CT||Jan 01, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior Technical Analyst||AIG Employee Services, Inc.||Wilton, CT||Jun 23, 2016||$150,000|
|SR. Technology Analyst||Spectra Group Inc.||New York, NY||May 24, 2016||$142,500|
|Senior Technical Analyst||Netgear, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 18, 2016||$138,995|
|Senior Technical Analyst||Netgear, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 21, 2016||$138,000|
|Senior Technical Analyst||Netgear, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 12, 2016||$138,000|
|Senior Technology Analyst||General Reinsurance Corporation||Stamford, CT||Sep 03, 2015||$137,025|
|Senior Technical Analyst||Cameron International Corporation||Houston, TX||Aug 21, 2016||$106,200|
|SR. Technical Analyst||Pr3 Systems||Louisville, KY||Jan 05, 2015||$106,080|
|SR, Technical Analyst||Pr3 Systems Inc.||Aurora, IL||Jul 17, 2015||$106,080|
|Senior Technical Analyst||Yardi Systems, Inc.||Goleta, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$105,648|
|Senior Technical Analyst||Yardi Systems, Inc.||Goleta, CA||Sep 09, 2016||$105,648|
|SR. Consultant, SR. Technical Analyst||Paragon Solutions, Inc.||Cranford, NJ||Jul 30, 2015||$105,518|
|Senior Technical Analyst||Oracle Financial Services Software Inc.||Edison, NJ||Jan 12, 2015||$105,498|
|SR. Tech Analyst||Pr3 Systems Inc.||Chicago, IL||Apr 13, 2015||$94,000|
|SR. Mainframe Technology Analyst||Dechen Consulting Group, Inc.||Allen Park, MI||Apr 20, 2015||$93,915|
|Senior Technical Analyst||Summa Technologies, Inc.||Pittsburgh, PA||Jan 22, 2016||$93,783|
|SR. Technology and Engineering Analyst||Tecport Optics, Inc.||Orlando, FL||Oct 11, 2016||$93,000|
|Senior Business Technology Analyst||Nodal Exchange, LLC||Tysons Corner, VA||Oct 26, 2016||$93,000|
|Senior Technical Analyst||ATC Logistics and Electronics, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||May 08, 2015||$93,000|
|Senior Business Technology Analyst||Nodal Exchange, LLC||Tysons Corner, VA||Nov 08, 2016||$93,000|
|Senior Technical Analyst||Circular Edge, LLC||New Haven, CT||Mar 14, 2016||$92,810 -
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