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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 IT Business Analyst||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 10, 2016||$137,086|
|SR. IT Business Analyst (MGR. Business Analytics)||Equinox Holdings Inc.||New York, NY||May 07, 2016||$136,000|
|Senior IT Business Analyst||Sunrun, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 01, 2015||$135,000|
|Senior Principal IT Business Analyst||Symantec Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Sep 21, 2015||$135,000|
|Senior IT Business Analyst||Sunrun, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 01, 2015||$135,000|
|SR. IT Business Analyst||Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Dec 16, 2016||$131,687|
|Senior Information Technology Business Analyst||Shoretel, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 31, 2015||$131,269 -
|SR. Principal IT Business Analyst||Veritas Technologies LLC||Mountain View, CA||Nov 16, 2015||$130,000|
|Senior IT Business Analyst-Global Reporting||Swiss Re Management Us Corporation||New York, NY||Nov 30, 2015||$130,000|
|Oracle Value Chain Planning-Senior IT Business Analyst||Polycom, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 24, 2015||$130,000 -
|Senior IT Business Analyst||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation||Los Angeles, CA||Jun 29, 2015||$130,000|
|Senior IT Business Analyst||Splunk, Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jul 05, 2016||$127,837 -
|Senior IT Business Analyst||Splunk, Inc.||Cupertino, CA||May 07, 2016||$127,837 -
|SR IT Business Analyst||Sharp Decisions, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 10, 2015||$116,813|
|Senior IT Business Analyst||Equinox Fitness||New York, NY||Jan 27, 2016||$116,813|
|Senior IT Business Analyst||NCR Corporation||Duluth, GA||Aug 18, 2016||$115,566 -
|Senior IT Business Analyst||Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 25, 2016||$115,003|
|Senior IT Business Analyst||PPG Industries, Inc.||Pittsburgh, PA||Nov 14, 2016||$115,000|
|Senior IT Business Analyst||Fox Entertainment Group, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Feb 07, 2015||$114,400|
|Senior IT Business Analyst||IBM India Private Limited||Franklin, NC||Apr 05, 2016||$114,325|
|Senior Technical Business Analyst||Amadeus North America, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Dec 15, 2016||$103,189|
|Senior Technical Business Analyst||Amadeus North America, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Mar 18, 2016||$103,189|
|Senior IT Business Analyst||IBM India Private Limited||Piscataway, NJ||Feb 09, 2016||$102,840 -
|Senior SAP IT Business Analyst||Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.||Westerville, OH||Sep 14, 2015||$102,800 -
|Senior IT Business Analyst||The United States Pharmacopeial Convention||Rockville, MD||Jun 20, 2016||$102,401|
|Senior Technical Business Analyst||Amadeus North America, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Apr 25, 2016||$100,000|
|Senior Technical Business Analyst||Amadeus North America, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Jun 09, 2016||$100,000|
|SR. IT Systems Business Analyst||Synovus Bank||Columbus, GA||Dec 19, 2016||$100,000 -
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