Computer Systems Analyst at a Glance

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Best States for Computer Systems Analyst

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Virginia 29,880 $96,670 $46
Ohio 25,390 $78,240 $38
Delaware 2,730 $83,420 $40

Becoming a Computer Systems Analyst

A bachelor's degree in computer or information science may be required to qualify you for computer systems analyst careers. However, the employment requirements vary widely by employer. Some employers may hire candidates who have degrees in other fields if they can demonstrate they know how to write computer programs. Others may prefer applicants who have a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in information systems. Some candidates who have associate degrees and related experience can find work in this field as well.

Regardless of the level of education, analysts need to have some knowledge of the industry they wish to work in, such as business or health care. Throughout their careers analysts may be required to take classes so they can stay up-to-date on new technologies. These classes also help them keep their skills competitive. After acquiring at least five years of work experience, analysts may be qualified for employment in managerial roles, such as IT directors, chief technology officers, or other computer and information systems managers.

  • Information Technology Management
  • Database Management Systems
  • Strategic Leadership in IT
  • Security in the Digital Age

Since technology is constantly evolving some computer systems analysts will be required to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new technologies. Some companies have additional requirements, including computer systems analyst certifications that show a candidate's proficiency in a certain type of technology. For example, Microsoft offers Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certifications that demonstrate an expertise in Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0 and 1.1 and other similar technologies. These credentials help job candidates stand out, so it's a good idea to pursue them even if they're not required by employers.