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Become A Systems Analyst

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Working As A Systems Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems Analyst Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become A Systems Analyst

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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Systems Analyst Demographic

Gender

  • Male

    67.6%
  • Female

    29.8%
  • Unknown

    2.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    71.4%
  • Asian

    15.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.4%
  • Unknown

    3.1%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    42.6%
  • French

    9.7%
  • German

    5.6%
  • Chinese

    5.2%
  • Portuguese

    5.1%
  • Carrier

    4.3%
  • Mandarin

    4.0%
  • Japanese

    3.9%
  • Arabic

    3.6%
  • Russian

    3.2%
  • Hindi

    2.1%
  • Italian

    2.1%
  • Korean

    1.5%
  • Cheyenne

    1.3%
  • Swedish

    1.2%
  • Vietnamese

    1.2%
  • Urdu

    0.9%
  • Thai

    0.9%
  • Cantonese

    0.9%
  • Hebrew

    0.7%
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Real Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Analyst Zircorn Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 22, 2013 $168,000
Systems Analyst Slashsupport, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 28, 2014 $150,000
Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2016 $127,400
SAP Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 06, 2016 $127,379
Systems Analyst Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 15, 2015 $125,757
Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 28, 2015 $122,900
Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 06, 2016 $122,900
Systems Analyst Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 15, 2014 $122,096
Systems Analyst Slashsupport, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 28, 2011 $110,000
Systems Analyst ICSA Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 12, 2016 $107,000
Systems Analyst Airbus Americas, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 14, 2013 $105,913
Oracle Financials Systems Analyst Intellipoint Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 24, 2011 $105,000
Systems Analyst (Senior Project Manager) Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 07, 2012 $105,000
Systems Analyst ICSA Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 25, 2016 $104,000
Systems Analyst ICSA Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 13, 2018 $103,000
Systems Analyst (Production Service) Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 25, 2017 $102,731 -
$105,000
ERP Analyst/Systems Analyst Slashsupport, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 28, 2010 $100,000
Systems Analyst Cybersource Corporation Ashburn, VA Dec 19, 2016 $96,800 -
$100,000
Systems Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA May 18, 2015 $96,500 -
$111,600
Systems Analyst Inovant LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 30, 2016 $96,500 -
$116,000
Systems Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 01, 2015 $96,500 -
$111,600
System Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
System Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Systems Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Systems Analyst Inovant LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 22, 2016 $96,000 -
$116,000
Systems Analyst Indotronix International Corporation Ashburn, VA Jan 12, 2011 $93,915 -
$50
Systems Analyst Big Apple Infotech, LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 31, 2018 $92,500
Systems Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $91,333 -
$97,518
Systems Analyst Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 23, 2018 $91,000
Systems Analyst Opulentsoft LLC. Ashburn, VA Nov 12, 2017 $90,000
Systems Analyst Quantum Vision, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 27, 2013 $90,000
Systems Analyst Techland Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 14, 2016 $90,000
Systems Analyst Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 19, 2015 $89,669
Systems Analyst Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 25, 2016 $88,878
Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 14, 2015 $87,200
System Analyst Jc65 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Oct 21, 2014 $87,194
Systems Analyst (Oracle Apps) Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 30, 2015 $87,194
Systems Analyst Compunnel Software Group, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 21, 2017 $86,700
Systems Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 18, 2012 $85,000
Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 09, 2016 $84,106
System Analyst V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 14, 2016 $84,000
Systems Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 02, 2017 $84,000
System Analyst Jc65 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Dec 10, 2015 $83,782
System Analyst Jc65 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Oct 15, 2015 $83,782
Systems Analyst Sriven Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 27, 2017 $83,500
System Analyst Jc65 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2016 $83,304
System Analyst Jc65 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Apr 15, 2017 $83,304
Systems Analyst Opulentsoft LLC. Ashburn, VA Dec 20, 2017 $83,000
Systems Analyst Qualsoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 05, 2018 $83,000
Systems Analyst Karyo E-Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 24, 2018 $83,000
Systems Analyst Karyo E-Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2018 $83,000
Sharepoint Systems Analyst Realsoft Technologies, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 09, 2017 $83,000
Systems Analyst Qualsoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2018 $83,000
System Analyst Jc65 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Feb 14, 2014 $82,930
System Analyst Jc60 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Jan 28, 2014 $82,930
Systems Analyst Source Consulting, LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2018 $82,603
Systems Analyst Prime Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 06, 2017 $82,350
Systems Analyst Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 12, 2017 $82,327
Systems Analyst Lateetud, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 31, 2018 $82,326
SAP Systems Analyst Smart Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 07, 2017 $82,326
System Analyst Jc65 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Aug 10, 2017 $82,326
System Analyst Hadiamondstar Software Solutions, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 16, 2017 $82,326
Systems Analyst Prime Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $80,050
System Analyst Jc65 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Ashburn, VA Mar 07, 2013 $80,018
Systems Analyst Concert Tech Corporation Ashburn, VA Mar 09, 2015 $80,000
Systems Analyst SRI Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 28, 2016 $79,000
Systems Analyst SRI Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 14, 2015 $79,000
System Analyst Comprobase Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 06, 2011 $78,624
Systems Analyst Sstech LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 15, 2016 $76,000
Systems Analyst Sstech LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 29, 2016 $76,000
Systems Analyst Sstech LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 30, 2015 $75,000
Systems Analyst Sstech LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 17, 2015 $75,000
Systems Analyst Savvy Info Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 24, 2016 $75,000
System Analyst Reva Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2017 $75,000
Systems Analyst Apollo Consulting Services Corporation Ashburn, VA Sep 28, 2009 $73,045 -
$83,480
Systems Analyst Tekivy Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2015 $72,000
System Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2015 $70,000 -
$73,000
System Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA May 14, 2014 $70,000
Systems Analyst Brain Capital LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 16, 2017 $70,000
Systems Analyst Sstech LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 13, 2016 $70,000
System Analyst Opulentsoft LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $70,000
System Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 29, 2015 $70,000
Systems Analyst Brain Capital LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2017 $70,000
Systems Analyst Sstech LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 30, 2016 $70,000
System Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 22, 2015 $70,000 -
$73,000
System Analyst Dfuse Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2013 $68,000
Systems Analyst Lateetud Inc. Ashburn, VA May 09, 2017 $68,000
Systems Analyst Metanoia Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 10, 2015 $68,000
Systems Analyst Dfuse Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 17, 2013 $68,000
Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2015 $68,000
Systems Analyst Tekivy Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2015 $68,000
Systems Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 15, 2013 $67,800 -
$76,950
Systems Analyst North Dome Solutions Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2015 $67,621
Systems Analyst North Dome Solutions Ashburn, VA Sep 08, 2015 $67,621
System Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $66,000
System Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $66,000
Systems Analyst Jawood Business Process Solutions, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 01, 2013 $65,219
Systems Analyst Jawood Business Process Solutions, LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 15, 2013 $65,219
Systems Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2010 $65,000
Systems Analyst (SAP) Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 23, 2013 $65,000
Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2016 $65,000
System Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 15, 2009 $65,000
Systems Analyst (SAP) Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA May 06, 2013 $65,000
Systems Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 24, 2011 $65,000
Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2017 $65,000
Systems Analyst Sonawane Webdynamics Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 04, 2011 $65,000
Systems Analyst Sonawane Webdynamics Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 21, 2011 $65,000
Systems Analyst Brain Capital LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2017 $65,000
System Analyst North Dome Solutions Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2015 $65,000
Systems Analyst Tachys, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2010 $65,000
Systems Analyst O2 Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 29, 2011 $65,000
Systems Analyst Tekivy Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 17, 2015 $65,000
Systems Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 17, 2011 $65,000
Systems Analyst Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2016 $65,000
Systems (Test) Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2016 $65,000
Systems Analyst Viraj LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 18, 2014 $64,000
Systems Analyst Only It Consulting, LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2016 $64,000
Systems Analyst Opulentsoft LLC. Ashburn, VA Sep 14, 2017 $64,000
Systems Analyst Sstech LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 09, 2016 $64,000
Systems Analyst Zillion Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 31, 2016 $64,000

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Top Skills for A Systems Analyst

DataWarehousePl/SqlHardwareProceduresCustomerServiceWebFinancialPCUnixTechnicalSupportSQLServerTroubleshootMainframeActiveDirectorySetupBusinessRequirementsCobolBusinessProcessManagementSystemWindowsNT

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Top Systems Analyst Skills

  1. Data Warehouse
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed data analysis for the existing data warehouse and changed the internal schema for performance.
  • Developed reports for the Ford durability testing web site using Oracle PL/SQL Web Toolkit and Oracle 9i.
  • Transitioned facility through a major hardware and software upgrade with no security violations and a minimum of user downtime.
  • Author Systems Operation Procedures, System Description, Configuration Specification.
  • Earned solid reputation for resolving complex issues and providing exceptional customer service.

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