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Systems Analysts

Description

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.

Working Conditions

Systems analysts may work evenings or weekends to meet deadlines. They will work in a lab and in an office.

Salary

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.

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Sources for Additional Information

Association for Systems Management
1433 West Bagley Road
Cleveland, OH 44138

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
www.acm.org