Computer Systems Analyst Overview
#1 in Best Technology Jobs | Overall Score 7.9 out of 10
Computer systems analysis is a hybrid of information technology and business. And computer systems analysts leverage both their knowledge of information technology and business to design better computer systems and processes for their clients. Although these professionals have many responsibilities, their first task is to understand their client’s business, whether it’s an organization in Silicon Valley or a firm on Wall Street. And they’ll specifically want to learn how the organization uses technology. Analysts will then research the best technologies to help the organization’s overall computer system – the hardware, the software and the networks – run more efficiently and effectively.
But their job doesn’t stop at research. These professionals also employ their business acumen to prepare a cost and benefits analysis for the upgrades. And if management approves the upgrades, computer systems analysts will oversee the installation of the new systems. They also test the systems and train their organization in them. And when the inevitable hiccups arise, computer systems analysts are the ones who troubleshoot the problems. You’ll find far more extroverts in this field than in other IT jobs, since the job duties include near-constant collaboration with others.
Randy Weinberg, teaching professor and faculty director of the information sciences program at Carnegie Mellon University, has been working in technology since the mainframe days, when people who worked with enormous computers wore special lab coats. The advances in the field have been constant. "It never gets less exciting," he says. "It's a constant challenge to keep up with all of the changes." From compliance and privacy issues to the increasing reliance on mobile technologies, the industry is persistently changing.
Many analysts work for computer systems design firms, but they’re also employed by a host of industries that range from science to health care to banking and finance. Demand for computer systems analysts should grow at a steady clip this decade since businesses and organizations are increasingly reliant on information technology. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 21 percent employment growth for computer system analysts between 2014 and 2024, faster than the average of all occupations. During that time period, about 118,600 new jobs should open up.
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