Not only is it the only IT job in a pool of doctors, surgeons, dentists, and anesthesiologists on US News and World Report’s list of the 10 Best Jobs of 2016; it also comes in at number 1 on their list of Best Technology Jobs, and Best STEM jobs. So, if you’re whip smart, but prefer to dissect computers over people, Computer Systems Analyst might be your calling. Take a look below as we take you through the various skills and experience needed to obtain a job as a Computer Systems Analyst.
First, a Computer Systems Analyst will need a Bachelor’s Degree in information systems or computer science or some combination of equivalent schooling and experience in the IT field. Ideally, a CSA would have some experience in SAP, and one to two years of general experience working in an IT environment. Business acumen is an important skill of a CSA as they are tasked with deciding the need and cost/benefit of new or improved computer systems.
In some cases, a Computer Systems Analyst will work as part of a Big Data team rounding out the modeling portion of the project or a Project Management team working up to PM role. The responsibilities vary, but here are a few typical responsibilities of a Computer Systems Analyst.
Responsible for creating new functions for existing computer systems
Research and implement relevant emerging technologies, hardware and software
Conduct tests to eliminate unneeded data, keep what's working well, and improve inefficiencies
Common Vocab & Skill Sets
Here are some common terms and skills that Computer Systems Analysts use on a daily basis. You should expect to be able to explain your experience with all or most of these in a Computer Systems Analyst job interview.
Oracle - The largest database management system
SQL - SQL stands for Structured Query Language and is used to communicate with databases
UNIX - A multi-user computer operating system that's been around since the 60's
LINUX - the open source, free version of UNIX
Java - A major platform for development and execution of desktop and server applications
Common Job Titles
In case your initial search for a Computer Systems Analyst position near you requires you to broaden your keywords, here are a few common job titles for Computer Systems Analyst:
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