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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|
|Business Consultant and Subject Matter Expert||Maxisit, Inc.||Metuchen, NJ||Jan 11, 2016||$240,000|
|Supply Chain Subject Matter Expert||Execution Specialists Group LLC||Boca Raton, FL||Jun 25, 2015||$208,700|
|Subject Matter Expert||Axon Solutions, Inc.||Irving, TX||Aug 19, 2016||$184,751|
|Subject Matter Expert||Axon Solutions, Inc.||Milwaukee, WI||Jul 14, 2015||$179,176|
|Subject Matter Expert||Axon Solutions, Inc.||Alexandria, VA||Jan 23, 2016||$179,176|
|Subject Matter Expert||Axon Solutions, Inc.||Savannah, GA||Aug 21, 2015||$179,176|
|Subject Matter Expert||Axon Solutions, Inc.||Rolling Meadows, IL||Apr 06, 2016||$179,176|
|Subject Matter Expert||Axon Solutions, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 09, 2016||$179,176|
|Subject Matter Expert||Axon Solutions, Inc.||Golden, CO||Jan 03, 2016||$177,644|
|Subject Matter Expert||Axon Solutions, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Jul 23, 2015||$168,793|
|Subject Matter Expert||Starry Associates, Inc.||Rockville, MD||Apr 16, 2015||$141,500|
|Application Subject Matter Expert IV||Farmers Group, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Nov 14, 2016||$138,550|
|Subject Matter Expert PMO||Symphony Corporation||Linthicum, MD||Jul 15, 2016||$133,046|
|Application Subject Matter Expert III||Farmers Group, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Mar 10, 2015||$116,000|
|Application Subject Matter Expert III||Farmers Group, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 26, 2015||$116,000|
|Application Subject Matter Expert III||Farmers Group, Inc.||Simi Valley, CA||Jan 26, 2015||$116,000|
|Application Subject Matter Expert III||Farmers Group, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||May 22, 2016||$115,000|
|Application Subject Matter III||Farmers Group, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jun 09, 2016||$115,000|
|Application Subject Matter Expert II||Farmers Group, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 20, 2016||$115,000|
|Subject Matter Expert-Lead Automation||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jan 02, 2015||$115,000 -
|Application Subject Matter Expert II||Farmers Group, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Feb 16, 2016||$114,837|
|SAP Specialist Subject Matter Expert||BP America Inc.||Whiting, IN||Dec 16, 2015||$103,600|
|Application Subject Matter Expert II||Farmers Group, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Mar 02, 2015||$103,000|
|GPP Systems Engineer/Subject Matter Expert||Fundtech Corporation||Pittsburgh, PA||May 20, 2016||$101,899|
|Application Subject Matter II (Financial Applications)||Farmers Group, Inc.||Wilmington, DE||Dec 05, 2016||$101,525|
|Application Subject Matter Expert I||Farmers Group, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 25, 2016||$101,000|
|Subject Matter Expert (SME) II (SAS Statistical Programming)||Quanticate Inc.||Wake Forest, NC||Oct 17, 2016||$100,500|
|Application Subject Matter Expert II||Farmers Group, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||May 21, 2016||$100,296|
|Application Subject Matter Expert||Farmers Group, Inc.||Wilmington, DE||Jan 01, 2015||$100,040|
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