When an organization wants its computer systems and procedures to operate more efficiently and effectively, it turns to a computer systems analyst. Computer systems analysts are able to design and fix information systems solutions that bring together business and IT by understanding the needs and limitations of both.
Computer systems analysts handle various job responsibilities:
Consult with appropriate people to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
Prepare analyses of costs and benefits so management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
Conduct testing to ensure systems work as expected
Train end users and write instruction manuals
National Median Salary
$85,800 annually *
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED, bachelor’s degree
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing much faster than average (21 percent projected growth)*
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