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Computer Systems Analyst
Computer systems analysts help organizations to use technology effectively and to incorporate rapidly changing technologies into their existing systems.
The Job
They specify the inputs that the system will access, decide how the inputs will be processed, and format the output to meet users' needs.
Work Environment
Computer systems analysts work in offices or laboratories in comfortable surroundings. They usually work about 40 hours a week.
College Majors
bachelor's degree in a business-related field such as management information systems (MIS).
Minimum Qualifications
Training requirements for computer systems analysts vary depending on the job, but many employers prefer applicants who have a bachelor's degree.
Personality traits helpful for this career
They must have good interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with computer personnel, users, and other staff who may have no technical background.
Quick Facts
  • Employers generally prefer applicants who have at least a bachelor's degree in computer science, information science, or management information systems (MIS).
  • Employment is expected to increase much faster than the average and more new jobs are expected to arise than in all but a few other occupations.
  • Very good job prospects are expected as organizations continue to adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual earnings of wage-and-salary computer systems analysts were $69,760 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $54,320 and $87,600 a year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $42,780, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $106,820.
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11/14/2009 2:48:12 P
Many systems analysts have transferred into this field from other occupations, especially computer programming. Increasingly companies are looking to hire programmer-analysts, who can both come up with solutions to computer problems and write software. Therefore, a knowledge of one or more computer languages is very valuable. Many colleges, vocational schools, and computer companies offer training in computer science, computer programming, and data processing.
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