Computer Systems Analyst

Description

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.

 

Mission Control Staff

Kai Phillips

Role Models

Brett VanDyke

Daily Tasks
  • Consult with managers to determine the role of the IT system 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 computer upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to make existing computer systems meet new needs
  • Design and develop new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee installing and configuring the new system to customize it for the organization
  • Perform tests to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the system’s end users and write instruction manuals, when required
Areas of Expertise
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Product and service development
  • Arithmetic, algebra, calculus, or statistics
Schooling NeededMost 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.

Related CareersProgramming analyst, business systems analyst
Salary$77,740