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Computer Systems Analyst

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Computer Systems Analysts Career Video

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

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Network Systems pathway, Programming and Software Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Tests, maintains, and monitors computer programs and systems, including coordinating the installation of computer programs and systems.
  • Troubleshoots program and system malfunctions to restore normal functioning.
  • Expands or modifies system to serve new purposes or improve work flow.
  • Uses the computer in the analysis and solution of business problems, such as development of integrated production and inventory control and cost analysis systems.
  • Consults with management to ensure agreement on system principles.
  • Confers with clients regarding the nature of the information processing or computation needs a computer program is to address.
  • Coordinates and links the computer systems within an organization to increase compatibility and so information can be shared.
  • Trains staff and users to work with computer systems and programs.
  • Develops, documents and revises system design procedures, test procedures, and quality standards.
  • Defines the goals of the system and devises flow charts and diagrams describing logical operational steps of programs.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Applications Analyst
  • Business Analyst — Helps businesses implement technology solutions in a cost-effective way by determining the requirements of a project or program, and communicating them clearly to all stakeholders, facilitators and partners.
  • Business Systems Analyst — Assesses or analyses a company's computer systems to check for any possible improvements or changes.
  • Computer Analyst
  • Computer Systems Consultant
  • Information Systems Analyst (ISA)
  • Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst)
  • System Analyst
  • Systems Analyst