Computer systems analysts examine an organization's computer systems and determine ways to help improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Analysts use data-modeling systems to create a company's IT infrastructure, and they determine how much memory and speed a computer system needs to meet an organization's needs. Computer systems analysts may also be known as systems analysts, systems designers or architects, software quality assurance analysts, or programmer analysts. Read on to see a list, provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), of common job duties of computer systems analysts:
- Discuss the role of the IT system with an organization's managers.
- Stay up to date on emerging technologies and decide if installing them will improve efficiency.
- Find ways to make existing computer systems more efficient.
- Ensure the system is performing effectively.
Approximately 25% of computer systems analysts worked for computer systems design companies, while 14% worked for financial institutions, according to the BLS. Employment in this field is expected to grow 22%, or faster than average for all occupations, from 2010 to 2020. Computer systems analysts will be needed to design and install computer systems in many different industries as more organizations rely on IT. For example, they will be in high demand in the healthcare industry as more hospital systems adopt electronic medical records and e-prescribing. Candidates for jobs in computer systems analysis will have better prospects if they have an understanding of the field they wish to work in, such as business or health care, according to the BLS.
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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.