STEM Career Spotlight: Computer Systems Analyst

4 November, 2016

Since educating students about the vast variety of STEM careers is a primary focus of Lifestyle Learning, it’s only fitting we help profile some of the most in-demand professions that students may be interested in. The U.S. News and World Report identifies the job of Computer Systems Analyst as the top STEM job of 2016. So here’s an overview of the profession to help you see if it’s a good fit for you!

Career:  Computer Systems Analyst

Median Salary:  $82,710

What does a computer systems analyst do?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, computer systems analysts “study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. “ They bring a fusion of business savvy and a knowledge of information technology. The daily duties of a computer systems analyst can involve analyzing science, engineering, business, and information processing to identify and resolve problems that hinder the company’s performance. This also includes testing, installing, and monitoring the current computer systems. Since virtually every type of business, across any field imaginable, runs on computer systems, the possibilities of work options are vast.

Here is a video of an overview of a day in the life of a computer systems analyst:

 

 

What skills are needed for the job?

O*NET Online identifies the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to be a computer systems analyst:

Knowledge: computer skills, engineering, mathematics, customer service, English language

Skills:  critical thinking, reading comprehension, listening, speaking, systems analysis

Abilities:  oral comprehension, information ordering, problem sensitivity, deductive reasoning

 

What do I need to be able to become a computer systems analyst?

It is suggested you have a strong interest in investigation, details, and STEM subject areas such as computing, coding, math, science, and technology. A bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, or a liberal arts with a strong background in computer and information science is typically required to enter the field.

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