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Computer Systems Analyst

Overview: Systems analysts investigate the information handling problems in an organization to determine how computer-based systems can solve the problems and improve management decision-making, workflow and productivity. They design and test computer programs.
Duties: They analyze decision making problems in organization to determine how the organization's information can be captured and analyzed by computer programs in order to solve the problems.

Use mathematical models and statistical procedures in the design of computer programs that can analyze data needed to solve the organization's problems.

They analyze how data and information are currently collected and communicated among the organization's workers who must use the information.

They write critical computer program modules that require a math background. Test the programs for accuracy & efficiency. Confer with executives to design best ways to report computer results,

Degree(s): A.A.S. Computer Information Systems: Computer Programming Track 
A.S. Mathematics and Science 
A.A.S. Computer Information Systems: Microcomputer Applications Software Track 
Job Outlook: Employment of computer systems analysts is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 due to the demand for computer networking, Internet, and intranet functions. The prevalence of wireless and of personal mobile computers has created a need for new systems that integrate these technologies into existing networks. The need for information security specialists is expected to grow rapidly. Great prospects will be in the healthcare industry for new technology.
Starting Salary: Computer science majors will enjoy relatively high starting salaries.
Salary Range (National Average): $50,000 to $56,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in computer sciences with a knowledge of programming languages and network systems design is a basic requirement for starting positions. Part-time or internship working experience is essential. Those with a master's degree will receive the better job offers. A business management background is often preferred.
Advancement Info: Systems analysts may be promoted to senior or lead systems analyst. Those who show leadership ability also can become project managers or advance into management positions such as manager of information systems or chief information officer. Workers with work experience and considerable expertise in a particular subject or a certain application may find lucrative opportunities as independent consultants or may choose to start their own computer consulting firms.
Recommended Skills:
  • Writing computer programs to perform specific information handling operations.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
Recommended Values:
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.