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Computer Systems Analyst

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Information

Computer systems analysts solve computer problems and apply computer technology to meet the individual needs of an organization. They help an organization to realize the maximum benefit from its investment in equipment, personnel, and business processes. Systems analysts may plan and develop new computer systems or devise ways to apply existing systems resources to additional operations. They may design new systems, including both hardware and software, or add a new software application to harness more of the computers power. Most systems analysts work with specific types of systemsfor example, business, accounting, or financial systems, or scientific and engineering systemsthat vary with the kind of organization. Some systems analysts also are known assystems developersorsystems architects.

Work Settings

Computer systems analysts work in offices or laboratories in comfortable surroundings.

Education

Rapidly changing technology requires an increasing level of skill and education on the part of employees. Companies increasingly look for professionals with a broad background and range of skills, including not only technical knowledge, but also communication and other interpersonal skills. Most employers place a premium on some formal college education. Relevant work experience also is very important. For more technically complex jobs, persons with graduate degrees are preferred.

Job Outlook

Employment of computer systems analysts is expected togrow much faster than the averagefor all occupations through the year 2014 as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies.

Salary

Median annual earnings of computer systems analysts were $66,460 in May 2004.C

Work Schedule

Computer Systems Analysts usually work about 40 hours a weekthe same as many other professional or office workers do. However, evening or weekend work may be necessary to meet deadlines or solve specific problems.

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