Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and make recommendations to management 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.
Path to Career
Most employers prefer applicants with bachelor’s degrees in a relevant field, such as computer science. For technically complex jobs, a master’s degree may be preferred, and some employers seek applicants who hold a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in information systems. This is also a field that values technical skills, so people who have degrees in other areas may be able to snag a computer systems analyst job if they have courses in business systems analysis or related subjects under their belt. Practical experience also helps. “Someone may not think they qualify in this area, but depending on the curriculum taken, that may, in fact, qualify them,” says Bieg.
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|Schooling Needed||Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field.
It may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems (MIS).
Some employers prefer applicants who have a Master of 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.
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