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Computer Systems Analysts

Computer Systems Analysts
Quick Facts : Computer Systems Analysts*
2010 Median Pay$77,740
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012544,400
Job Outlook22% (Faster than average)
Employment Change120,400


Computer systems analysts study an organization's current computer systems and procedures and make recommendations to management to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

What Computer Systems Analysts Do

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of the IT system in an organization
  • Devise ways to make existing computer systems meet new needs
  • Design and develop new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee installing and configuring the new system to customize it for the organization
  • Train the system's end users and write instruction manuals, when required

Work Environment

Although 1 in 4 are employed by computer systems design firms, systems analysts work in many different industries. Most systems analysts work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of computer systems analysts is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to wireless and mobile networks creating a need for new systems that work well with these networks.
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Pay

The averages salary of computer systems analysts was $77,740 in May 2010.
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Computer Systems Analysts*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Computer Systems Analysts

77740

Computer and Information Technology Occupations

81947.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Computer Systems Analysts*
Percent Change in Employment

Computer Systems Analysts

22.1161

Computer and Information Technology Occupations

20.80073003768921

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Computer Systems Analysts

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field. Because computer systems analysts are also heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems (MIS).
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