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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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Information Technology Youth Apprenticeship

Northcentral Technical College
Wausau (0.0 Miles)

Information Technology, A.A.S.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Chandler (0.0 Miles)

Information Network Technology, A.A.S.

Pratt Community College
Pratt (0.0 Miles)

Network Systems Management Associate Degree

Midlands Technical College
West Columbia (0.0 Miles)

Information Technology C.A.

St. Charles Community College
Cottleville (0.0 Miles)

Computer Information Systems - Information Technology, A.A.S.

Community College of Philadelphia
Philadelphia (0.0 Miles)
Paradise Valley Community College

Programming and Systems Analysis Level I Certificate

Paradise Valley Community College
Phoenix (0.0 Miles)

Computer Information Systems, A.A.S.

Mott Community College
Flint (0.0 Miles)
FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE AT JACKSONVILLE

Computer Information Technology, A.S.

Florida State College at Jacksonville
Jacksonville (0.0 Miles)
Cuyahoga Community College

Certified Network Professional Voice (CCNP Voice)

Cuyahoga Community College
Brunswick (0.0 Miles)

Red Hat Linux Engineer Certificate

South Mountain Community College
Phoenix (0.0 Miles)

Computer Information Systems Certificate of Achievement

Clovis Community College (NM)
Clovis (0.0 Miles)

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