Your Next Move: Systems Analyst

by Jennifer Sherwood | Mar 06, 2018

Your Next Move: Get the Inside Scoop on IT Job RolesThis article is part of an IT Career News series called “Your Next Move.” These articles take an inside look at the roles related to CompTIA certifications. Each article includes the responsibilities, qualifications, related job titles and salary range for the role. As you consider the next move in your IT career, check back with CompTIA to learn more about your job prospects and how to get there.

Is your motto work smarter not harder? Then a career as a systems analyst is right up your alley. Systems analysts work to make everything run smoother and more efficiently. They work to remove time sinks from the system so that productivity can flourish.

What Is a Systems Analyst?

A systems analyst evaluates different problems in computer systems and then implements and improves the system where they can. They help to automate and improve existing systems by analyzing user requirements, procedures and problems. They also review the capabilities, workflow and scheduling limitations of these computer systems.

Some responsibilities of a systems analyst include:

  • Testing, maintaining and monitoring programs and systems, including coordinating hardware and software installation.
  • Troubleshooting malfunctions of programs and systems and restoring normal functioning.
  • Expanding/modifying systems and improving workflow and performance.
  • Using computers to analyze and resolve business problems.
  • Developing, documenting and revising system design procedures, test procedures and quality standards.
  • Evaluating the helpfulness of application packages and adapting them to a user environment.

How to Become a Systems Analyst

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A systems analyst position is not an entry-level role. Often, this person works extensively with the business side of the company, not just the tech side. They usually have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field, but some systems analysts have liberal arts degrees. For the more technically complex jobs, employers require a master’s degree in computer science or a similar field.

Positions that can lead to systems analyst include project managers, software engineers, software consultants and program analysts. All these positions provide a strong technical foundation in analysis and troubleshooting, which are necessary skills as a systems analyst.

The Details

Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for systems analysts was $87,220 in May 2016.

Systems Analyst Job Outlook

From 2014 to 2024, the BLS projects an increase of 14 percent for systems analysts, which is higher than average, with 191,600 net new jobs expected during that 10-year period.

Job Titles Related to Systems Analyst

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10 Comments

  • Mohammad Mokhtar

    Friday, March 23, 2018

    sir, i am working in the position system analyst in saudi arabia but the company given the work of a system technician. as i have not have any certification for system analyst.. earlier in previous company i have worked as a .net developer. so please suggest me which certification course is best for working in position system analyst.

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    Hi, Mohammad! To become a systems analyst, you'll need a combination of education, training and experience - it's not an entry-level role. Some certifications that can help lay the foundations of knowledge that you would need include CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Linux+ and CompTIA Project+. There may also be vendor-specific certifications, depending on the systems your company uses. Good luck!

  • Josh

    Friday, June 1, 2018

    Hi, I’ve began working as a Systems Analyst, and looking at the roadmap, I’m unsure what path would be best for a systems analyst, suggestions?

  • Wednesday, June 6, 2018

    Hi, Josh! As a systems analyst, you are learning how to identify problems on systems and improve upon them. The skills you've gained can take you in any number of directions. If you want to continue working on systems, systems engineer or systems architect might be a good next move. Or, if you want to move into another area of IT, maybe networking or cybersecurity could be a good next step. You can also use the skills you've gained to specialize in cloud computing. The world is your oyster! Good luck!

  • Manan

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    is there any specific training and certification you offer for becoming System Analyst?

  • Friday, October 12, 2018

    Hi, Manan! To become a systems analyst, you'll need a combination of education, training and experience - it's not an entry-level role. Some certifications that can help lay the foundations of knowledge that you would need include CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Linux+ and CompTIA Project+. There may also be vendor-specific certifications, depending on the systems your company uses. Good luck!

  • Priyanka

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Hello, i am working as a .net developer. so please suggest me which certification course is best for working in position system analyst.I read the above comments to go through 3 certification to become System Analyst , but could you clearly specify which one should I go first with

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Hi, Priyanka! Thanks for your question. Which one you do first will depend on your skills and experience. CompTIA Network+ is a core certification recommended for people with 9 to 12 months of networking experience. CompTIA Linux+ is an intermediate certification on the CompTIA Infrastructure Career Pathway and is recommended for people with 12 to 18 months of general IT experience, and 9 to 12 months of hands-on experience configuring, monitoring and supporting servers running the Linux operating system. CompTIA Project+ focuses on IT project management and is recommended for people with 12 months of project management experience. Good luck!

  • MAM

    Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    do you offer a certification for this job

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    Hi, MAM! To become a systems analyst, you'll need a combination of education, training and experience - it's not an entry-level role. Some certifications that can help lay the foundations of knowledge that you would need include CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Linux+ and CompTIA Project+. There may also be vendor-specific certifications, depending on the systems your company uses. Good luck!

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