Those who are creative with excellent communication and analytical skills, and a passion for technology, may do well to pursue a career as a computer systems analyst. The Software Guild offers a 12-week boot camp program for potential computer systems analysts of all skill levels. Regardless of whether a student is familiar with coding and computer systems, or they just want to learn more, the Software Guild’s program will teach future computer systems analysts the skills necessary to find, and stay, employed in a variety of exciting industries.
What is a Computer Systems Analyst?
Computer systems analysts evaluate a company’s computer systems, then suggest and implement modifications to improve the efficiency of the company’s operations. An analyst must understand both the business and its IT, recognizing the needs of limitations of both sides, and then creating a solution. Computer systems analysts are often brought in to help with cost savings; sometimes, entirely new computer systems are implemented to increase an organization’s efficacy.
Specific duties of a computer systems analyst may include:
- Researching new technology
- Preparing cost vs. benefits analyses for upper-level management
- Defining new ways to add functionality to existing systems
- Designing new systems from the ground up – this includes configuring hardware and software – then overseeing the installation of new systems
- Conducting testing of the new system, and training of the system’s end user –may include writing instruction manuals
In addition to computer systems design companies, the industries for which most computer systems analysts work are:
- Finance and insurance
- Management companies
- IT companies
- State and local government
Some analysts work in-house at a company or organization, but others work as freelancers or contractors, typically under the direction of an IT firm. Large projects tend to require analysts to work with other computer specialists.
Most analysts work full time. Telecommuting is common when working with clients, but large, complex projects often require analysts to travel for meetings.
Expectations: Salary and Career Advancement
The salaries of computer systems analysts will vary based on experience, location and the size of the company for which they work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in May 2012, the median annual wage for computer systems analysts was $70,680. This career is expected to have higher-than-average growth (25 percent) by the year 2022; this growth can be attributed to the increased reliance on technology by companies and organizations across all industries.
Computer systems analysts who specialize in health care IT will have especially lucrative job opportunities. An anticipated jump in the use of electronic medical records, online prescriptions, etc., will fuel this increase.
With years of experience, analysts can expect to advance to become project managers who lead teams of analysts. Some become IT directors or chief technology officers for businesses and organizations.
Education and Other Qualifications
Many companies require analysts to hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science, math or a related field, but those interested in this occupation should also consider TSG’s boot camp program. Program enrollees will receive staff expertise and personalized attention they may not get in traditional classrooms.
This boot camp is intended to help students master the techniques they’ll need to assist in IT for a variety of industries – health care, finance, retail, manufacturing, e-commerce, insurance, etc. – in a collaborative, hands-on way. This industry-specific knowledge of various audiences will make graduates of the program more attractive in the eyes of employers, and thus will increase their employability.