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Computer Systems Analysts


Industry Outlook

Career outlook is: excellent for the next 12-18 months

Job Description

Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.


Also known as:
Business Systems Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Computer Analyst, Information Systems Analyst (ISA), Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, Computer Systems Analyst, Applications Analyst, System Analyst, Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst)

Average Career Wages

Co-Op / Internship

Securing an internship for this position is a good way in which to understand the expectations required for full time employment.

Typical Job Tasks

  • Coordinate software or hardware installation.
  • Test software performance.
  • Monitor computer system performance to ensure proper operation.
  • Troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems.
  • Modify software programs to improve performance.


  • Apply information technology to solve business or other applied problems.
  • Write computer programming code.
  • Collaborate with others to determine design specifications or details.
  • Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems.
  • Supervise information technology personnel.
  • Manage information technology projects or system activities.
  • Develop testing routines or procedures.
  • Configure computer networks.
  • Train others in computer interface or software use.
  • Document design or development procedures.
  • Develop diagrams or flow charts of system operation.
  • Evaluate utility of software or hardware technologies.
  • Provide technical support for software maintenance or use.
  • Read documents to gather technical information.
  • Design integrated computer systems.
  • Analyze project data to determine specifications or requirements.
  • Identify information technology project resource requirements.
  • Collect data about customer needs.
  • Estimate time or monetary resources needed to complete projects.
  • Provide recommendations to others about computer hardware.


Required Skills

People in this career often have these skills:
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information.
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Systems Analysis – Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.
  • Speaking – Talking to others.


  • Writing – Writing things for co-workers or customers.
  • Active Learning – Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.


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What Experience and Education do you Require?

Individuals in this field typically have:

  1.  Bachelor’s degree
  2.  No work experience
  3.  No on-the-job training

Typical Education Level Required

Background Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Successful people in this career have ...

  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Deductive Reasoning – Using rules to solve problems.
  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.
  • Oral Expression – Communicating by speaking.
  • Inductive Reasoning – Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Information Ordering – Ordering or arranging things.
  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.


  • Fluency of Ideas – Coming up with lots of ideas.
  • Speech Recognition – Recognizing spoken words.
  • Speech Clarity – Speaking clearly.
  • Written Expression – Communicating by writing.