As a Computer Systems Analyst, one analyzes an organization’s needs and develop systems to further meet their needs. Analysts bring business and information technology together into solutions to increase effectiveness and productivity with in an organization. They are also the ones responsible for analyzing the cost and benefits of new technologies and keeping an eye on new technologies and how they can impact a business. In addition, they maintain and upgrade existing systems to assure they continue to function as expected.

Computer Systems Analysts typically earn between $49,950 and $122,090 annually.

Average Starting Salary:
On Average, an entry-level Computer Systems Analyst earns $51,000 annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Discuss with Managers the role information technology plays in an organization
  • Research new technologies and determine if they would benefit the organization
  • Analyze cost and benefits to determine whether new systems and upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Determine methods of adding new functionality to existing systems
  • Develop new systems by selecting and configuring hardware and software to meet organization needs
  • Supervise the installation and configuration of the news systems and customize them for organization needs
  • Test systems and ensure they work as expected
  • Teach end-users how to use systems and write documentation

Necessary Skills:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Troubleshooting
  • Research skills
  • Communication
  • Creativity

Degree and Experience Requirements:
Computer Systems Analysts typically require at least a Bachelor’s Degree in a computer field and often it is good for them to take business courses. Some organizations prefer a candidate to have a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems. While these are the norms, many Computer Systems Analysts have Liberal Arts Degrees and gained technical experience outside of school. It is also important that System Analysts continue to stay up-to-date on all the latest trends to stay competitive. Depending on the business they work in, it may be important for them to have knowledge of that business such as health care.

Getting Started:
Typically, one can get started as an intern with an organization and possibly be hired after graduation. Candidates with Bachelors and/or Masters Degrees are more likely to selected by employers for higher level positions.

Future Outlook: 
The demand for Computer Systems Analysts is expected to grow 25% over the next ten years, which is significantly higher than the average for all occupations. As organizations become more dependent on technology to meet their business needs, analysts will be necessary to design and install new systems. The growth of cloud computing and mobile technologies will also increase the demand for people who can build systems around these new technologies. Healthcare is expected to be a major area of growth as technology is adopted and information security is a priority. There is also going to be an increase in the demand for consulting analysts who are hired for a specific project and move on.

Companies That Employ Computer Systems Analyst:

  • Computer Systems Design
  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance Companies
  • Information Companies
  • Government

Traits of A Good Computer Systems Analyst:

  • Patience
  • Forward thinking
  • Focus
  • Good Communication skills

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About the Author

MikeMike Gdovin has been blogging about technology since 2006 on his blog, He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media from Kutztown University with a minor in Journalism, Public Relations and Business. In addition to blogging about technology, Mike is a video producer, technology consultant and social media expert.