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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.
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Hispanic or Latino8.4%
Black or African American1.1%
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University of Phoenix16.2%
University of Arizona6.0%
University of Maryland - College Park5.1%
University of Maryland - University College5.1%
University of Houston5.1%
University of Kansas4.3%
Georgia State University4.3%
Kent State University4.3%
University of Texas at Austin4.3%
Grambling State University3.4%
Illinois State University3.4%
University of Iowa3.4%
Ohio State University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Solutions Analyst||Vitech Systems Group, Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 31, 2016||$161,500|
|Senior Solutions Analyst-Oracle Applications||Lendingclub Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Feb 26, 2016||$145,000|
|Senior Solutions Analyst||Lendingclub Corporation||San Francisco, CA||May 18, 2015||$145,000|
|Senior Solutions Analyst||Lendingclub Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Dec 24, 2016||$144,450|
|SR. Salesforce Solutions Analyst||ROVI Corporation||Burbank, CA||May 18, 2015||$140,000|
|SR. Salesforce Solutions Analyst||ROVI Corporation||Plano, TX||May 10, 2015||$140,000|
|Customer Solutions Analyst 5||Stubhub, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 02, 2015||$137,000|
|Customer Solutions Analyst 5||Stubhub, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 01, 2015||$137,000|
|SR. Solution Analyst, GRC Solutions||Metricstream, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Dec 05, 2016||$127,837|
|Advanced Solutions Analyst||Sentinel Technologies, Inc.||Downers Grove, IL||Jul 14, 2016||$125,000|
|Senior Solution Analyst||Sentinel Technologies, Inc.||Downers Grove, IL||Oct 20, 2016||$125,000|
|Solutions Analyst III-Vendavo||Amerisourcebergen Corporation||Chesterbrook, PA||Feb 16, 2015||$125,000 -
|Solutions Analyst||Excelacom||Reston, VA||May 24, 2016||$123,718|
|Senior Solutions Analyst||Vitech Systems Group||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$91,110|
|Solutions Lead Analyst||Citigroup Global Markets Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 20, 2015||$91,000|
|Senior Solution Analyst||Mindtree Limited||Phoenix, AZ||Jun 16, 2016||$90,938|
|Senior Solution Analyst||Mindtree Limited||Phoenix, AZ||Aug 22, 2016||$90,938|
|Senior Solution Analyst||Mindtree Limited||Phoenix, AZ||Aug 19, 2016||$90,938|
|Senior Solution Analyst||Mindtree Limited||Phoenix, AZ||Aug 17, 2016||$90,938|
|Senior Solution Analyst||Mindtree Limited||Phoenix, AZ||Nov 07, 2016||$90,938|
|Senior Solution Analyst||Mindtree Limited||Phoenix, AZ||Aug 07, 2016||$90,938|
|SAP OTC Solution Analyst||Mead Johnson & Company, LLC||Evansville, IN||Dec 11, 2015||$80,725 -
|Lead SAP Record To Report Solution Analyst||Mead Johnson & Company||Evansville, IN||Jun 06, 2016||$80,725 -
|Lead SAP Record To Report Solution Analyst||Mead Johnson and Company, LLC||Evansville, IN||Feb 08, 2016||$80,725 -
|Solutions Analyst||Vitech Systems Group, Inc.||Oakland, CA||Sep 23, 2015||$80,500|
|Commercial Strategic Solutions Analyst||The Huntington National Bank||Columbus, OH||Apr 15, 2016||$80,392 -
|Senior Solutions Analyst||ZS Associates Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||May 19, 2016||$80,300|
|Solution Analyst||McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States||Houston, TX||Jan 12, 2015||$80,266|
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