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Systems Analyst

A system analyst designs new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. The work might be for an external client or an internal client (such as a department within the same organization). Analysts examine existing business models and flows of data, consult with the client, and design an appropriate improved IT solution. They produce models and projected costs of new IT systems, specifying the operations the system will perform, and way data will be viewed by the user, present their design to the client and, once it is approved, work closely with the client to implement the solution.

Day to Day Duties:

  • Consulting extensively with external or internal clients
  • Analysis of clients’ existing systems
  • Identifying options for potential solutions and assessing them for both technical and
      business suitability
  • Creating logical and innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Drawing up proposals for modified or new systems
  • Producing project feasibility reports
  • Presenting proposals to clients
  • Working closely with developers and a variety of users to endure technical
      compatibility and user satisfaction
  • Ensuring that budgets are adhered to and deadlines met
  • Overseeing the implementation of a new system
  • Planning and working flexibly to meet a deadline
  • Writing user manuals
  • Providing training to users
  • Keeping up to date with new technologies and other field developments

Average Salary: Starting: $42,780. 5+ Years Experience: $54,320-87,600. Salary: Based on various websites and resources (ex. Salary.com, PayScale.com, and SalaryExpert.com). Specialty, gender, age, and location made a big difference in earnings.

Career Prospects:
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2006, there were 504,000 computer systems analysts. Most worked for computer consulting companies. About 29,000 were self-employed. They often worked on various projects for various clients. Analysts also worked for governments, financial institutions, hospitals, and universities.
The number of computer systems analysts is expected to increase faster than average during 2006-2016. People with proper training should have good job prospects. Those who have college degrees in business and with courses related to computers also should be able to find jobs in this field. New internet and wireless technologies are also expected to grow and create more jobs because people will need to learn how to use these tools.

The US Bureau of Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition points out that: 

“Employment in computer systems design and related services will grow by 38.3 percent and add nearly one-fourth of all new jobs in professional, scientific, and technical services. Employment growth will be driven by the increasing reliance of businesses on information technology and the continuing importance of maintaining system and network security. Management, scientific, and technical consulting services also will grow at a staggering 78 percent and account for another third of growth in this supersector. Demand for these services will be spurred by the increased use of new technology and computer software and the growing complexity of business.”

Suggested Minors:

  1. Business
  2. Computer Science
  3. English

Additional Courses to Enhance Skills: 
Additional Business, Computer Science, and Technical Writing Classes

Alternate Job Titles:

  1. Systems Developer
  2. Systems Designer