Systems analysts solve computer system problems. They analyze an organization's computer system to find ways to improve it. For example, they may add new software applications to improve a computer's power. A systems analyst often specializes in a type of system, such as accounting, scientific and engineering systems. Systems analysts may design new systems, including both hardware and software, which will improve an organization's current computer system.
Systems analysts may work evenings or weekends to meet deadlines. They will work in a lab and in an office.
Most systems analysts earn between $40,000 and $75,000 per year.
Helpful Skills and Subjects to Study
Logical thinking, good communication skills and an ability to pay attention to details are all good skills for this career. Take courses in computers, programming, mathematics and English. A background in engineering, accounting, science and business can sometimes be a big help.
Education & Training
Sources for Additional Information
Association for Systems Management
1433 West Bagley Road
Cleveland, OH 44138
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
New York, NY 10036