Computer Systems Analyst

What do Computer Systems Analysts do?

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. These positions bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both. Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Average Wage

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Experienced Wage

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As a Computer Systems Analyst, you will

Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals
Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems’ efficiency and effectiveness

Training & Educational Opportunities

To gain employment as a computer systems analyst, you will have to earn a bachelor degree related to computer information systems. Relevant IT experience is usually required, often a minimum of 3-5 years of prior experience.

Specialized Skills / Certifications

  • Business Analysis
  • Business Intelligence
  • SAP
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

 

Training Providers

The following certified training providers offer programs and certifications to train for a career as a computer systems analyst:

  • College of DuPage
  • Directions Training Center, Inc.
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • MicroTrain Technologies

 

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Types of Employers

  • Consulting companies
  • Healthcare
  • Private companies
  • Technology companies

Advancement Opportunities

  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Software Developer