Systems analysts examine computer systems and help organizations streamline their systems and make them more effective. They look into emerging trends to see if they fit the needs of an organization, determine the costs and benefits of a new computer system and train individuals on the use of the new system and write instruction manuals as well.
Skillset: Analysts often have to comprehend complex information and make predictions on how any changes to a system will impact overall performance. They should be able to come up with creative ideas to computer problems and collaborate with others. System analysts also have to explain their work to both members of management and IT departments.
Education: Systems analysts should have a bachelor's degree in computer or information science. Individuals who have a liberal arts degree and knowledge of writing computer programming might also qualify for jobs. Some employers may prefer applicants with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a specialization in information systems.
Career Path: Analysts may have to possess knowledge about the field that they are working in, such as finance or health management. An associate's degree and adequate experience may also qualify an individual for a job. With enough experience, systems analysts can advance and become project managers, chief technology officers or IT directors.