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Computer Systems Analyst

Key Role

A computer systems analyst determines which type of computer system will best serve the needs of a business or organization, by helping them run more efficiently. This position requires the ability to focus on more than a single project. At times a computer systems analyst may be required to work on multiple projects at one time. Computer systems analysts will often work with the managers of different departments to determine what technology and computer systems are needed.

Quick Facts

  • Median Pay: $71,000-$81,000 per year
  • Minimum Education: Industry certfications or Bachelor's Degree
  • Careers available in many industries (computer systems, insurance, banks, and hospitals)

Job-Related Tasks

  • Research to determine if the implementation of new technologies will increase the efficiency of an organization.
  • Prepare cost-benefit and return on investment analysis for hardware and software upgrades.
  • Serve as a technical resource to multiple departments within a company or organization.
  • Oversee the implementation and testing of new systems to ensure they work properly.
  • Create and execute technology use plans to ensure the current computer systems will meet new needs that arise within the company.

Personal Characteristics and Talents

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable performing more than one task at a time
  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to see and focus on the "big-picture"
  • Creativity in problem solving
  • Able to work as part of a team

Recommended Education

  • Technical certifications: CWNA, CISSP, MCSA, MCSE, and CWSP
  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science, information systems, or related field (Recommended, not required)
  • Experience in related field

Career & Employment Opportunities

  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Designer/Architect
  • Software Quality Assurance Analysts
  • Programmer Analysts

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Computer Systems Analysts, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-systems-analysts.htm (visited March 26, 2014).

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LearnKey Learning Path

Our prescribed Computer Systems Analyst career ready series is a well balanced blend of Industry leading certification prep and professional development. Included in the Computer Systems Analyst series are LearnKey Certified courses that will prepare individuals for the CWNA, CISSP, MCSA, MSCE, and CWSP certifications, as well as courses designed to teach users the skills needed to attain and maintain employment.

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