Computer Systems Analyst

What Computer Systems Analysts Do

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of the IT system in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if computer upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Design and develop new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee installing and configuring the new system to customize it for the organization
  • Do tests to ensure that the systems work as expected


Computer Systems Analysts

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Computer Systems Analysts


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How to Become a Computer Systems Analyst

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who know how to write computer programs.