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Computer Systems Analyst

Career Overview: Computer Systems Analyst

Computer systems analysts are maintenance and repair oriented. They tackle computer problems either on an individual or network basis and utilize technology to both solve problems and meet upcoming needs. A systems analyst may develop a new network from scratch by choosing both hardware and software and configuring all of it.

The analyst may devise expansion of a system or a method to introduce new software or convert a system from one software design to another. Moreover, the growth of e-commerce and the use of the Internet in business functions at all levels have added to the need for analysts who can integrate web functions into a business network.

Required Education

Most entry level computer systems analysts hold a bachelors degree in computer science, in MIS (management of information systems) or a similar degree focused on networking and database functions.

Some highly computerized corporations or agencies prefer their applicants to have graduate degrees. However relevant experience is highly valued by prospective employers in this job category.

Employment

There were over a half million computer systems analysts working in 2007. They are scattered among industries of all types and in many government agencies that rely increasingly on data storage and manipulation.

Job Outlook

The demand for trained computer systems analysts is high now and will continue to be into the foreseeable future. Computerization of record keeping and customer service continues at all levels of economy and public service; it will only grow and become more sophisticated in the upcoming years.

Salary Range

Lowest 10%  $21.12  $43,930
Median Salary  $35.14  $73.090
Highest 10%  $54.65  $113,670

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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