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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|
|IT Reinsurance Business Analyst||Endurance Services Limited||NY||Jun 22, 2016||$229,570|
|Ccar Technology Business Analyst||RBC Capital Markets, LLC||New York, NY||Feb 16, 2016||$160,000 -
|IT Business Analyst||Populus Group LLC||New York, NY||Oct 24, 2016||$156,525|
|Technical Analyst/Business Analyst||Populus Group LLC||New York, NY||Sep 05, 2016||$152,351|
|Technical Business Analyst||Iris Software, Inc.||NJ||Jul 21, 2015||$152,351|
|Technical Business Analyst||Iris Software, Inc.||NJ||Mar 28, 2016||$152,351|
|IT Business Analyst||Milestone Technologies, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Feb 22, 2016||$150,000|
|Business Technologist (VP)||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Aug 17, 2015||$150,000|
|SAP Fico IT Business Analyst||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 05, 2015||$143,000|
|Technical Business Analyst||Diversant LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Feb 02, 2015||$140,000 -
|Technical Business Analyst||Talent Staffing LLC||Plainsboro, NJ||Sep 12, 2016||$139,829|
|Technical Business Analyst||Alpha Consulting Corporation||Plainsboro, NJ||Sep 12, 2016||$139,829|
|Technical Business Analyst||Talent Staffing, LLC||East Brunswick, NJ||Feb 06, 2016||$139,360|
|IT Business Analyst III||Delta Dental of California||San Francisco, CA||Apr 02, 2016||$137,000|
|Technical Business Analyst||Westcon Group North America, Inc.||Tarrytown, NY||Jul 20, 2015||$92,498 -
|Manager IT Business Analyst||Levmof Inc.||Rye, NY||Sep 03, 2016||$92,000|
|IT Business Analyst/E||Bob Evans Farms, LLC||New Albany, OH||Aug 13, 2015||$91,896|
|IT Business Analyst||Diversant LLC||Charlotte, NC||Jan 09, 2016||$91,828 -
|Bolt IT Business Analyst-Principal||Cummins Inc.||Columbus, IN||Nov 10, 2015||$91,600 -
|Bolt IT Business Analyst-Principal||Cummins Inc.||Columbus, IN||Mar 10, 2015||$91,600 -
|IT Business Analyst Principal||Cummins Inc.||Columbus, IN||Nov 18, 2016||$91,600 -
|IT Business Analyst I Time Management/Kronos||International Paper||Memphis, TN||Nov 29, 2016||$91,133|
|IT Business Analyst||Emerson Electric Co.||Saint Louis, MO||Aug 19, 2016||$75,525 -
|IT Business Analyst||Nelnet Business Solutions Inc.||Omaha, NE||May 01, 2015||$75,525 -
|IT Business Analyst-Career||Equifax Inc.||Saint Louis, MO||Aug 03, 2015||$75,525 -
|IT Business Analyst-Senior||Cummins Filtration, Inc.||Nashville, TN||Aug 28, 2015||$75,504 -
|IT Business Analyst, Finance||Phillips 66 Company||Bartlesville, OK||Aug 09, 2015||$75,260 -
|IT Business Analyst||Alturaus Inc.||Cary, NC||Jul 20, 2016||$75,000|
|IT Business Analyst||Alturaus Inc.||Cary, NC||Jul 21, 2016||$75,000|
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