Computer Systems Analyst
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. Analysts use a variety of techniques to design computer systems including data-modeling systems, which create rules for the computer to follow when presenting data, thereby allowing analysts to make faster decisions. They also do information engineering, designing and setting up information systems that improve efficiency and communication. Because analysts work closely with an organization’s business leaders, they help the IT team understand how its computer systems can best serve the organization.TCC programs that are right for you:Computer Technology Programs
Computer systems analysts work directly for an organization or as consultants. Consultants may be self-employed or work for an information technology firm. Although technological advances have made telecommuting more common, many consultants still need to travel to see their clients. The length of an assignment can vary with the complexity of the job.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer systems analysts is expected to grow 22 percent between 2010 and 2020, faster than the average of all occupations. As organizations across the economy increase their reliance on information technology (IT), workers in this occupation will be hired to design and install new computer systems. Growth in wireless and mobile networks will create a need for new systems that work well with these networks.
Career information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.