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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 Latino8.3%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix8.3%
Carnegie Mellon University6.6%
Pennsylvania State University6.3%
Johns Hopkins University6.3%
George Washington University6.0%
Georgia Institute of Technology -5.6%
George Mason University5.3%
Illinois Institute of Technology5.0%
University of Texas at Austin5.0%
New York University4.6%
University of Maryland - College Park4.3%
University of Southern California4.3%
University of Colorado at Boulder4.3%
Arizona State University4.0%
University of Maryland - University College3.6%
Rochester Institute of Technology3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Principal Systems Architect||XPED USA LLC||San Francisco, CA||Jun 20, 2016||$234,630|
|Systems Architect||Certify Global Inc.||Rockville, MD||Mar 27, 2016||$200,000|
|System Architect||Fxdirect Dealer LLC||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$200,000|
|System Architect||Fxdirect Dealer, LLC||New York, NY||Mar 17, 2015||$200,000|
|Pega Lead System Architect (LSA)||Tentek, Inc.||Burbank, CA||Dec 30, 2015||$200,000|
|Systems Architect||FX Direct Dealer LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Jan 09, 2016||$200,000|
|Business Systems Architect||Judlau Contracting, Inc.||NY||Jan 25, 2016||$195,208|
|Lead System Architect||Serendebyte Inc.||Burlington, MA||Jan 12, 2016||$190,000|
|SAP Systems Architect||Technosoft Corporation||Mason, OH||Jul 01, 2015||$186,259|
|Systems Architect||Hortonworks, Inc.||Tampa, FL||Feb 03, 2016||$185,000|
|System Architect||Xilinx, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 04, 2016||$180,000|
|Pega Lead System Architect||Conduit Technical Consulting Corporation||Folsom, CA||Oct 27, 2016||$170,000|
|Pega Lead System Architect||Conduit Technical Consulting Corporation||Myrtle Beach, SC||Apr 11, 2016||$170,000|
|Software System Architect||Philips Electronics North America Corporation||Andover, MA||Mar 14, 2015||$168,511|
|Software Systems Architect||Intel Corporation||Hillsboro, OR||May 20, 2016||$102,086 -
|Software Systems Architect||Intel Corporation||Hillsboro, OR||Feb 29, 2016||$102,086 -
|System Architect-IV||HCL America, Inc.||King of Prussia, PA||Aug 01, 2015||$102,003 -
|EDO Systems Architect||BB&T Corporation||Winston-Salem, NC||May 15, 2016||$102,000|
|Systems Architect||Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 30, 2015||$102,000|
|System Architect-IV||HCL America, Inc.||White Plains, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$101,899|
|Info Systems Architect||Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company||New York, NY||Aug 18, 2016||$101,899 -
|System Architect-IV||HCL America, Inc.||Wayne, NJ||Mar 02, 2016||$101,899 -
|System Architect-III||HCL America, Inc.||San Antonio, TX||Nov 17, 2016||$83,096 -
|System Architect-III||HCL America, Inc.||Akron, OH||Jan 08, 2016||$82,909|
|System Architect-III||HCL America, Inc.||Akron, OH||Jan 14, 2016||$82,909 -
|Systems Architect||Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc.||Fairfield, CT||Jul 28, 2015||$82,784|
|System Architect||Manvi Tech LLC||Houston, TX||Aug 31, 2016||$82,618|
|System Architect-III||HCL America, Inc.||Lenexa, KS||Jan 08, 2016||$82,264|
|System Architect-III||HCL America, Inc.||Monroe, MI||Jan 08, 2016||$82,160|
|Systems Architect||Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc.||Bothell, WA||Dec 14, 2016||$82,000|
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