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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Chief Engineer-Applications Engineering&System Integration||Kinetic Traction Systems, Inc.||CA||Jan 01, 2015||$215,000|
|Chief Engineer-Applications Engineering & Systems Integration||Kinetic Traction Systems, Inc.||CA||Aug 03, 2016||$215,000|
|Systems Integration Advisor||Dell Marketing L.P.||Pennington, NJ||Jun 13, 2016||$155,000|
|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||Jun 29, 2015||$150,000|
|Business Systems Integrator||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 23, 2016||$150,000|
|Technical Specialist/Manager-Airbag, Restraints, and Safety System Integration||Faraday&Future Inc.||Gardena, CA||Mar 10, 2016||$150,000|
|Manager, Systems Integration 3||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 16, 2015||$145,000|
|Manager, Systems Integration 3||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 23, 2015||$145,000|
|Business Systems Integrator||Google Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||May 18, 2016||$142,376|
|Business Systems Integrator||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 18, 2016||$120,349|
|Business Systems Integrator||Google Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Dec 09, 2016||$120,349|
|Business Systems Integrator||Google Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||May 07, 2016||$120,349|
|Manager, Tech, Systems Integration, System Development||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Chicago, IL||May 08, 2016||$120,020 -
|Technical Lead of System Integration||Nbcuniversal Media, LLC||CA||Nov 21, 2016||$120,000 -
|Business Systems Integrator||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Mar 04, 2015||$120,000|
|Manager, Systems Integration & Verification||Battelle Memorial Institute||Boulder, CO||Oct 15, 2016||$120,000 -
|Business Systems Integrator||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Feb 29, 2016||$120,000|
|Systems Integration Advisor||Dell Marketing L.P.||Providence, RI||Apr 01, 2016||$105,602|
|Systems Integration Advisor||Dell USA L.P.||Stamford, CT||Jul 13, 2015||$105,602|
|Business Systems Integrator||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Apr 09, 2015||$105,000|
|Systems Integration Advisor||Dell Marketing L.P.||West Chester, PA||Feb 05, 2016||$105,000|
|Software Systems Integrator||Twopiradian Infotech LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 13, 2016||$105,000|
|Systems Integration Advisor||Dell USA L.P.||Nashville, TN||Aug 03, 2015||$105,000|
|System Integrator||Air Worldwide Corp.||Boston, MA||Oct 31, 2016||$105,000|
|Business Systems Integrator||Google Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jan 27, 2016||$105,000|
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