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Working As A Systems Integrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $88,436

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems Integrator 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 Integrator

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 Integrator Career Paths

Systems Integrator
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Marketing Director
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Manager 4.2 years
Systems Specialist 4.2 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
Systems Support 3.1 years
Systems Designer 3.1 years
Systems Integrator 3.0 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Lead Integrator 2.5 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Integrator 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 7.1%
Manager 3.6%
Engineer 3.6%
Technician 3.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.2%
Owner 3.7%
Manager 3.2%

Systems Integrator Demographics

Gender

Male

79.2%

Female

18.3%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

76.1%

Asian

11.4%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Unknown

2.3%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.2%

Carrier

13.7%

French

12.0%

German

7.7%

Japanese

5.1%

Korean

4.3%

Italian

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Portuguese

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Cheyenne

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%

Croatian

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Lakota

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Bosnian

0.9%

Finnish

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%
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Systems Integrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.4%

George Washington University

8.1%

Cochise College

7.9%

University of Maryland - University College

7.0%

Strayer University

6.6%

George Mason University

5.5%

Northeastern University

5.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Villanova University

4.0%

Webster University

4.0%

State University of New York at Binghamton

4.0%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.5%

Johns Hopkins University

3.5%

Syracuse University

3.3%

San Jose State University

3.1%

Colorado Technical University

3.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

2.6%
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Majors

Business

19.7%

Computer Science

14.8%

Electrical Engineering

12.9%

Computer Information Systems

6.6%

Information Technology

5.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Management

3.9%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Project Management

3.8%

Information Systems

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Engineering

2.5%

Finance

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.3%

Marketing

2.2%

Management Information Systems

2.1%

Accounting

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Psychology

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.8%

Masters

25.1%

Other

18.1%

Associate

9.7%

Certificate

3.8%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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Real Systems Integrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 11, 2015 $155,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 11, 2015 $155,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 24, 2015 $153,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 17, 2015 $152,776
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 23, 2016 $151,700
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 23, 2016 $150,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 29, 2015 $150,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 18, 2016 $142,376
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 09, 2016 $140,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 06, 2016 $137,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 09, 2015 $135,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 11, 2015 $135,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 06, 2015 $135,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2015 $124,500
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 07, 2016 $120,349
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 09, 2016 $120,349
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 18, 2016 $120,349
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 29, 2016 $120,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 04, 2015 $120,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 21, 2016 $119,350
Controls Systems Integrator 2 O'Brien and Gere Inc. of North America Bowie, MD Mar 21, 2016 $110,531
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 18, 2016 $110,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 17, 2015 $110,000
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 02, 2015 $109,762
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 23, 2015 $109,762
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 05, 2016 $108,493
Business Systems Integrator Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 19, 2016 $105,900

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Top Skills for A Systems Integrator

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Top Systems Integrator Skills

  1. Hardware
  2. Systems Integration
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted project planning for all deployment issues including all hardware and software for domestic and international studies.
  • Managed systems integration testing (SIT) for the Fidelity Transfer Agency (FTA) VSAM-to-DB2 database project.
  • Recorded inventories with Windows software applications in an information systems customer service department.
  • Performed Windows XP migration utilizing various remote deployment technologies.
  • Executed test procedures, documented and distributed test results to all team members.

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