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Careers in the USA: Computer Systems Analysts

Computer Systems Analysts
Computer systems analysts help organizations rethink their computer system needs.

Quick Facts: Computer Systems Analysts

2012 Median Pay
$79,680 per year
$38.31 per hour

Entry-Level Education
Bachelor’s degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation
None

On-the-job Training
None

Number of Jobs, 2012
520,600

Job Outlook, 2012-22
25% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2012-22
127,700

What Computer Systems Analysts Do
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 business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Work Environment
Most systems analysts work full time. About a quarter worked more than 40 hours per week in 2012.

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 have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Pay
The median annual wage for computer systems analysts was $79,680 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of computer systems analysts is projected to grow 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in cloud computing, cybersecurity, and mobile networks will increase demand for these workers.

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