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|
|Business & Technology Analyst||Tangent Logic Inc.||Tenafly, NJ||Sep 05, 2016||$185,000|
|Technical Analyst||Hatstand Us, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 07, 2016||$158,200|
|Technical Analyst||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Jersey City, NJ||Feb 26, 2016||$150,000|
|Technology Analyst, Investment Banking Technology||Barclays Services Corp.||New York, NY||Feb 09, 2016||$143,500|
|Technical Analyst||Etouch Systems Corporation||Fremont, CA||Jun 15, 2016||$142,064|
|Intellectual Property Technical Analyst||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Apr 07, 2015||$142,000 -
|Intellectual Property Technical Analyst||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Oct 16, 2015||$142,000 -
|Business Tech Analyst||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Mar 20, 2016||$141,855|
|Technical Analyst||HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.||Miami, FL||Apr 18, 2016||$141,523|
|Alternative Investment Technical Analyst||GFT USA Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 10, 2015||$140,000|
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