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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 Latino9.1%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix11.6%
George Washington University8.3%
Pennsylvania State University6.7%
Michigan State University5.2%
Rochester Institute of Technology5.2%
University of Pittsburgh -5.2%
Old Dominion University4.6%
Florida State University4.3%
New York University4.0%
University of Maryland - University College4.0%
North Carolina State University4.0%
Carnegie Mellon University4.0%
University of Maryland - College Park3.7%
University of Florida3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Financial Systems Developer||Quantitative Risk Management, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Sep 05, 2015||$180,000|
|Vice President of Trading Systems & Development||G R Tech LLC||New York, NY||Oct 14, 2015||$180,000|
|Manager, Systems Development, Finance||Epson America, Inc.||Long Beach, CA||Sep 14, 2016||$175,000|
|Trading Systems Developer||Ares Operations LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 17, 2016||$160,000|
|Manager, Systems Development||Williams-Sonoma, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 04, 2016||$155,000|
|IT Lead, Erp/Systems Development||Purdue Pharma LP||Wilson, NC||May 04, 2016||$153,000|
|Consultant/Systems Developer||Knowledgent Group Inc.||Eden Prairie, MN||May 01, 2015||$150,000|
|Corporate Trainer and System Developer||DGL Group, Ltd.||Edison, NJ||Jul 23, 2015||$150,000|
|Manager, Global Payplus Systems Development||Fundtech Corporation||Norcross, GA||Mar 17, 2016||$149,760|
|Manager, Global Payplus Systems Development||Fundtech Corporation||Norcross, GA||Mar 28, 2016||$149,760|
|Manager, Global Payplus Systems Development||Fundtech Corporation||Norcross, GA||Mar 29, 2016||$149,760|
|Systems Development Architect||Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC||Morrisville, NC||Nov 19, 2015||$147,638 -
|Project Manager, Insurance Systems Development and Testing||NIIT Technologies Limited||Atlanta, GA||Apr 13, 2015||$144,331|
|Computer Systems Developer||Telecommunication Systems, Inc.||Annapolis, MD||Mar 21, 2016||$106,218|
|Systems Development Principal||Xerox Business Services, LLC||Tallahassee, FL||Feb 06, 2015||$106,000|
|Systems Development Principal||Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc.||Tallahassee, FL||Oct 26, 2015||$105,997|
|Manager, Clinical Systems Developer||Theorem Clinical Research, Inc.||Cary, NC||Jun 20, 2015||$105,664 -
|Systems Developer||Oxaliz Technologies, LLC||Piscataway, NJ||Apr 22, 2015||$105,498|
|Systems Developer||Oxaliz Technologies, LLC||Piscataway, NJ||Feb 17, 2015||$105,498|
|Computer Systems Developer||Telecommunication Systems, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Jan 20, 2015||$105,223|
|ERP IT HR Management System Developer||AHS Information Services||Altamonte Springs, FL||May 08, 2016||$105,000|
|Lead Systems Developer||John Wiley & Sons, Inc.||Somerset, NJ||Jan 06, 2016||$89,812|
|Lead Systems Developer||National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)||Washington, DC||Oct 02, 2015||$89,669 -
|Systems Development Principal||Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc.||Tallahassee, FL||Jan 26, 2015||$89,301|
|Developer-Core Systems||United Nations Federal Credit Union||Islandia, NY||Jan 19, 2015||$89,000 -
|Business Systems Developer II||Freedom Financial Network LLC||Tempe, AZ||Jan 02, 2015||$88,525 -
|Business Systems-APP Developer-Senior||University of Mississippi Medical Center||Jackson, MS||Jun 18, 2015||$88,427|
|Systems Development Principal||Xerox State Healthcare, LLC||Richmond, VA||Oct 19, 2015||$88,400|
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