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Systems Analyst Career

Career Description

Systems Analyst Career

A systems analyst career brings both business and information technology together. Professionals in the field focus on improving business performance and efficiency through monitoring and improving their company’s computer systems.

Work Description

Work in a systems analyst career involves an examination of client needs, the adequacy of existing systems and creation, design or modification of existing systems to match new needs. It will also include designing user interfaces and system architecture or the production of outline designs and calculation of costs specifying the operations the new system will be able to do.

All of this is done while working in close collaboration with clients and sometimes involves training of end-product users.  

Who Do Systems Analysts Work For?

System analysts work for information technology or software consultancy firms, retailers, financial institutions, commercial and industrial organizations, the civil service or private clientele.
Experienced system analysts may even opt for self-employment and offer freelance services to various businesses.

Educational and Training Requirements

For a systems analyst career you should have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Applied Engineering or Mathematics. A Business Administration degree with a concentration in Information Technology also suffices. For more complex jobs or larger organizations, you may need to have a master’s degree in the relevant field.

Though there is no official training or certification requirement for the career, employers prefer to hire analysts with relevant work experience. Depending on the organization, you may need knowledge of specific systems, software or hardware. Though not compulsory, professional certification, such as that offered by the International Institute of Business Analysis can strengthen your professional profile and bring forth better employment opportunities.

Personal Skills Required

A systems analyst needs to display various core competency skills such as:

  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Flexibility;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills;
  • Adaptability;
  • Good mathematical skills;
  • Ability to think creatively;
  • Ability to take initiatives; and
  • Ability to work well in a team.

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay of a systems analyst in May 2010 was $77,740 per year and $37.38 per hour with a job growth expectancy of 22% between 2010 and 2020.

 

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