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Working As A Systems Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $91,964

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems Consultant 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 Consultant

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 Consultant Career Paths

Systems Consultant
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Consultant Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Project Leader Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Programmer 5.2 years
Systems Specialist 4.2 years
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Technology Officer 3.7 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
Systems Support 3.1 years
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Staff Consultant 2.5 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
Junior Consultant 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 10.9%
Programmer 3.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 14.5%
Manager 3.0%

Systems Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

72.5%

Female

25.2%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

74.9%

Asian

11.7%

Hispanic or Latino

9.8%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.8%

French

10.9%

German

7.8%

Chinese

5.5%

Hindi

3.9%

Carrier

3.9%

Mandarin

3.1%

Portuguese

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Italian

1.6%

Dakota

1.6%

Swahili

0.8%

Estonian

0.8%

Telugu

0.8%

Romanian

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%
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Systems Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.6%

George Washington University

7.1%

Northeastern University

5.3%

Georgia State University

5.0%

New York University

4.7%

Strayer University

4.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.4%

Michigan State University

4.4%

DePaul University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

San Jose State University

4.1%

Arizona State University

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

Florida State University

3.6%

University of Central Florida

3.6%

Cleveland State University

3.6%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.6%
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Majors

Business

22.5%

Computer Science

17.9%

Computer Information Systems

7.6%

Accounting

5.9%

Electrical Engineering

5.8%

Finance

5.4%

Information Technology

4.5%

Management

4.0%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Project Management

3.1%

Information Systems

3.1%

Marketing

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Mathematics

1.8%

Economics

1.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Communication

1.5%

Computer Programming

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.2%

Masters

27.4%

Other

17.4%

Associate

6.5%

Certificate

3.4%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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Real Systems Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead System Consultant-System Analysis and Programs (MTS) Verizon Digital Media Services Inc. F/K/A Edgecast Networks Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 05, 2016 $112,200
Lead System Consultant-System Analysis and Programs (MTS) MCI Communications Services, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 06, 2016 $110,000
MTS Consultant-Systems Engrg (Systems Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 26, 2018 $107,613
Lead Systems Consultant-Systems Analysis & Program Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 20, 2012 $107,500
Lead System Consultant (Software/Systems Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2011 $106,896
Lead Systems Consultant-Systems/Architecture Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 16, 2018 $106,625
Lead System Consultant Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA May 10, 2015 $105,500
Lead System Consultant-Sys/Architecture (Software Verizon Data Services, LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 25, 2013 $105,399
Lead System Consultant (Software Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 25, 2012 $105,399
Lead System Consultant-SYS Anly & Prog (Software Verizon Data Services, LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 17, 2013 $104,856
Lead Systems Consultant-Database Analysis (Softw Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 19, 2012 $102,644
Systems Consultant (Systems Analysis & Programming Global Resource Management, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $102,263
Lead System Consultant-System Analysis & Prog. Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 30, 2011 $100,000
Lead Systems Consultant Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 03, 2011 $99,858
Lead System Consultant-SYS Anlys/Prgm (Cnslt. DB Verizon Business Network Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 20, 2010 $98,550 -
$100,000
Lead System Consultant (Consultant-Database Analys Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 11, 2012 $97,687
Lead Systems Consultant-Systems Analysis & Program Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 09, 2012 $97,064
Lead System Consultant-Database Analysis Verizon Digital Media Services Inc. F/K/A Edgecast Networks Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 05, 2016 $96,750
Lead System Consultant Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Oct 21, 2016 $96,750
Lead Systems Consultant Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA May 15, 2011 $96,696
Lead System Consultant-System Analysis & Programs Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 27, 2011 $96,696
Lead System Consultant-System Analysis & Prog. Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 30, 2011 $94,000
Lead System Consultant-System Analysis & Prog. Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 31, 2011 $94,000
Lead Systems Consultant-Systems Analysis and Progr Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 22, 2013 $92,168
Lead Systems Consultant (Cnslt-Applications Dvlp Verizon Business Network Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 13, 2010 $92,002
Lead System Consultant-System Analysis & Programs Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 12, 2012 $92,000
Lead System Consultant-System Analysis & Programs Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 30, 2012 $92,000
Lead Systems Consultant (Cnslt-Applications Dvlp Verizon Business Network Services Inc. Ashburn, VA May 13, 2010 $91,928
Lead System Consultant Database Analysis MCI Communications Services Ashburn, VA Apr 27, 2015 $90,000
Lead System Consultant-System Analysis & Programs Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 24, 2011 $90,000
Lead System Consultant-System Analysis & Programs Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 19, 2011 $90,000
Lead System Consultant-System Analysis & Programs Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 31, 2011 $90,000
Lead Systems Consultant-Systems Analysis & Program Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 25, 2011 $90,000
Lead Systems Consultant-Systems Analysis & Program Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 27, 2011 $90,000
Lead System Consultant-System Analysis & Programs Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 20, 2011 $90,000
Lead Systems Consultant-Systems Analysis & Program Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 04, 2011 $90,000
Lead System Consultant-SYS Anlys/Prgm (SR. Apps Verizon Business Network Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 05, 2010 $89,714
Lead Systems Consultant-Sys Analysis & Programs Verizon Business Network Services, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $88,915
Lead System Consultant (Software Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA May 23, 2011 $88,638
Lead System Consultant (Software Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 02, 2011 $87,256
System Consultant (Software/Systems Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 22, 2011 $86,234
Systems Consultant (Software Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 17, 2011 $86,041
Lead Systems Consultant-Sys Anly & Prog (Software Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 07, 2012 $85,774
System Consultant (Specialist) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 24, 2012 $85,114
Lead Systems Consultant-Systems Analysis & Program Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 04, 2011 $85,000
Systems Consultant-Systems Analysis & Programs Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 27, 2011 $85,000
System Consultant (Software Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 23, 2011 $83,943
Lead System Consultant-System Analysis & Programs Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA May 05, 2011 $82,000
Systems Consultant-Systems Analysis & Program Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2011 $81,755
Systems Consultant-Systems Analysis & Prog (Softwa Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 06, 2012 $81,001
System Consultant (Software Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA May 22, 2010 $80,200
System Consultant (Software Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 20, 2011 $78,336
System Consultant-SYS Anly & Prog (Software Engi Verizon Corporate Services Corp. Ashburn, VA Oct 06, 2012 $75,088

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Top Skills for A Systems Consultant

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Top Systems Consultant Skills

  1. Hardware
  2. Data Warehouse
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Tested and fine tuned installation of new hardware for a major garment manufacturer.
  • Participated in the design of a data warehouse from customer requirement gathering through actual logical design and implementation.
  • Developed and implemented processes and procedures to improve business effectiveness and profitability for over 300 companies.
  • Recognized for providing superior customer service to clients.
  • Performed development on the client/server application in PL/SQL and C++ using an Oracle database and provided ongoing maintenance and support.

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