How to Become a Computer Systems Analyst


Computers are so new really, with the first modern-day electronic computer — a 27 ton behemoth — being introduced in the 1940s.

But even though it is still relatively new technology, none of us can imagine life without computers anymore. And, when you think about it, we are really in just the beginning of this new computer age.

If all of that fascinates you, and if you want to be a part of — and really understand — this new age of computers, then perhaps you should learn how to become a computer systems analyst.

Why now?

It is a great time to start working toward a career as a computer systems analyst: The field is expected to grow 25 percent through 2022.1 That is much faster than the average occupation growth, and indicative of how organizations' reliance on computer systems is expected to continue to grow and become more complex.

Computer Systems Analyst Job Description

What is a computer systems analyst? A computer systems analyst job description includes examining an organization's current computer systems for strengths and weaknesses and then advising management on what changes and updates need to be made to ensure operations remain secure, efficient and effective.2

This isn't a job for someone who just wants to bury their head in a computer all day: Computer system analysts are expected to work closely — and communicate well — with business executives and a company's IT department, to help everyone at the company understand how the systems work and how they can be made better. In some cases, analysts even work as project managers to ensure IT projects are done in a timely, efficient manner.

Computer systems analysts must have the ability to be creative to come up with solutions, and think analytically about complex issues. In addition, computer systems analysts should obviously have knowledge in computers and electronics, but also in engineering and technology, and administration and management.3

What Next?

So how do you become a computer systems analyst? You can start by pursuing a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field, such as information technology. But because computer systems analysts are also expected to know and understand the business side of companies, it is also beneficial to take courses in business. Because of the importance of a computer systems analyst to a company's success, some employers even require a master's degree in business.4

Because the world of computers is changing so rapidly, it is also important — and expected — that computer systems analysts continue to advance their education throughout their career to remain up to date on new and innovative technologies.

We've come a long way since the 1940s. Just think about what device you're reading this article on compared to the 27-ton computer that first heralded the dawn of the modern computer era! But we have a long way to go, and it's an exciting time to be part of the quickly changing business world in the era of computers.

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