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What Does a Systems Analyst Do?

Systems analysts are the investigators of the digital realm. They study computer systems and work closely with an organization's executives and technology team to find better ways to use computer technology effectively and efficiently. Through their work, systems analysts develop new computer systems and improve current systems. This includes analyzing the costs and benefits of purchasing new hardware and software and the time necessary to train staff on how to use it. This role is sometimes called a business analyst if the system programming is done by others on the team.

Systems analysts may work for one company — usually large corporations, governments or small startups — or they may consult with several clients.

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Median Salary $
94,000
Jobs Available
19,600+
Systems analysts keep computer systems running efficiently
As organizations rely more on information technology, the demand for computer systems analysts will only go up. (Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Determine IT infrastructure issues and needs
  • Improve existing systems
  • Research and evaluate new technologies
  • Analyze costs and benefits
  • Plan IT infrastructure from the ground up
  • Evaluate and select hardware and software solutions
  • Plan and oversee installation of new systems
  • Test systems
  • Train users
  • Write instruction manuals

 

Education + Training

Some employers prefer a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology (IT). However, employers also accept candidates who have an unrelated degree or no degree if the candidate has completed computer-related coursework or earned certificates in specific areas. Most systems analysts continue their education through on-the-job experience and continuing education seminars. Some go on to earn a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) or computer science to give themselves a competitive edge.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Have excellent listening skills
  • Have strong verbal communication skills
  • Have knack for finding innovative solutions to computer problems
  • Demonstrate proficiency in programming languages
  • Can analyze both business and technical demands from a company perspective

 

Systems Analyst training in your area

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Computer Science, A.S.

Vincennes University
Vincennes (0.0 Miles)

Information Technology, A.A.S.

Rio Salado College
Tempe (0.0 Miles)

Computing and Information Technology: Information Management-Virtual Computing Analyst, Certificate of Achievement

College of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas (0.0 Miles)

Computer Programming I – Application, Web and Database Development Certificate

Community College of Philadelphia
Philadelphia (0.0 Miles)

Information Technology TD

South Louisiana Community College
Lafayette (0.0 Miles)

Data Analytics and Reporting Certificate

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids (0.0 Miles)

Information Technology, A.A.S.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Chandler (0.0 Miles)

Internetworking Certificate

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
Orangeburg (0.0 Miles)

Computer Information Systems, A.A.S.

Henry Ford College
Dearborn (0.0 Miles)

IT Support Stackable Certificate

Columbus State Community College
Columbus (0.0 Miles)

Information Technology, A.A.S.

Frederick Community College
Frederick (0.0 Miles)

Certified Network Professional Voice (CCNP Voice)

Cuyahoga Community College
Brunswick (0.0 Miles)

Find Systems Analyst Jobs in Your Area

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