Computer System Analyst Careers

Career Overview

Computer system analysts design and develop new computer systems for different industries and companies. They do this by selecting hardware and software that will help achieve business goals. Many analysts will work with specific types of computer systems, like business accounting systems, financial systems, engineering systems, etc. Some analysts are called system architects or system designers because they help businesses select the correct type of hardware and software for their business needs.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree

Bachelor’s Program Recommendations:

Computer Science
Physical Science
Master’s Program Recommnedations:
Business Information Systems
Business Administration

Those with a degree in other fields but having technical computer skills can also get hired as systems analysts.

Coursework:

Computer science, technology, information systems, and other technology courses.

Licensure:

Most states don’t require licensing to work as a system analyst.

School Recommendations:

University of Phoenix
Kaplan University
Ashford University
American Intercontinental University
Liberty University

Employment Trends

Average Salary for systems analyst in May 2008: $78,780
Job Availability in 2008: 523,000
Projected Employment in 2018: 640,300

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Article Reference: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos287.htm#nature

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