How to Be a Systems Analyst

Systems analysts design new IT processes for businesses and other organizations.

Systems analysts design new IT processes for businesses and other organizations.

Are you a big picture thinker? Can you multitask effectively? Do you enjoy working with computers, software and information technology? If you can answer yes to all three of these questions, you may want to consider a career as a systems analyst. Computer systems analysts study an organization's IT infrastructure and work with the client to design IT processes to improve business efficiency and productivity. Most systems analysts have at least an undergraduate degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects systems analysts positions to grow a robust 22 percent between 2010 and 2020.

Complete a bachelor's degree program in computer science, management information science or a similar field. If you decide on a degree in computer science, take a few business and finance courses to give yourself a basic background in business operations.

Earn a master's degree. Although a master's degree is not required for most entry-level systems analyst positions, having a graduate degree will give you an edge in your job search. Consider a master's of business administration degree with an management information systems focus, a master's in computer science or even public health, law or another field where you plan to work.

Apply for internships and work-study programs after your first year in grad school. A systems analyst internship is ideal, but any kind of professional business experience will be a plus on your resume.

Build your professional network while you are in school and during your internship. Developing good working relationships with your professors, peers and professionals in your industry is the key to finding that ideal first job as well as future career advancement.

Apply for entry-level systems analyst positions in your area or in other cities where you want to work. Government agencies at all levels as well as large and medium-sized businesses all hire systems analysts on a regular basis.

Tip

  • Learn the latest programming languages. As of 2013, employers are increasingly looking for systems analysts who are familiar with fourth generation languages and object-orientated programming, reflecting the breakdown of the boundaries between systems analysis and programming and highlighting the growing employer demand for hybrid analyst/developers.
 

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Clayton Browne has been writing professionally since 1994. He has written and edited everything from science fiction to semiconductor patents to dissertations in linguistics, having worked for Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Steck-Vaughn and The Psychological Corp. Browne has a Master of Science in linguistic anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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