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Computer Systems Analyst

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Analyses the needs of the end users of computers and writes specifications for programmers and technicians.


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The Work header image

Systems analysts use information technology (IT) to help organisations work more quickly and efficiently. They investigate a business problem and then design a suitable computer system to improve they way the business works.  
 
Systems analysts work closely with people. At the start of a project, they talk to computer users and managers to find out what problems there are, and what the organisation wants to achieve by investing in a new or improved system. For example, a business may want to reduce costs or increase the speed or scale of production.  
 
The analyst carries out a detailed study of the organisation, its procedures and the needs of the people who use its systems. This is usually done as part of a team of users and IT personnel.  
 
Next, they look at the information gathered and design a computer system (or a number of systems) that meets the organisation's needs.  
 
To work as a computer systems analyst you need business knowledge, together with an understanding of computing and programming techniques. This is an interactive process that involves the members of the team working together to produce the best design.  
 
Analysts then write a system specification, describing how the new system will work, the new equipment the organisation will need to buy, and the level of training staff will need in order to use the system.  
 
Once an organisation's management has picked and approved the system it likes, the systems analyst starts to work closely with IT specialists, systems designers and programmers to create the system. Systems analysts are more likely to update or redesign an out-of-date system rather than introduce a totally new one.  
 
Although systems analysts often have an office from which they work, they usually have to travel to visit organisations that need their skills. They may also travel to meet representatives from companies that supply IT equipment.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Expand or modify system to serve new purposes or improve work flow.

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Test, maintain, and monitor computer programs and systems, including coordinating the installation of computer programs and systems.

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Develop, document and revise system design procedures, test procedures, and quality standards.

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Provide staff and users with assistance solving computer related problems, such as malfunctions and program problems.

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Review and analyze computer printouts and performance indicators to locate code problems, and correct errors by correcting codes.

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Consult with management to ensure agreement on system principles.

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Confer with clients regarding the nature of the information processing or computation needs a computer program is to address.

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Read manuals, periodicals, and technical reports to learn how to develop programs that meet staff and user requirements.

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Coordinate and link the computer systems within an organization to increase compatibility and so information can be shared.

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Determine computer software or hardware needed to set up or alter system.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Scheduling Work and Activities: Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Programming: Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Systems Evaluation: Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be a systems analyst, you must enjoy solving problems and weighing up the pros and cons of different solutions. You will need a logical, analytical and investigative mind, together with creative abilities. You must have a good general awareness of business, as well as the ability and willingness to find out about the particular organisation that needs your help.  
 
You must have strong communication skills to enable you to work closely with staff at all levels throughout an organisation, including managers and IT specialists and also the people who will use the system day-to-day.  
 
You may need tact, diplomacy and good negotiating skills. You must be able to explain your ideas clearly and concisely. Good report writing skills are very important.  
 
You also need to be able to handle complex information and pay attention to detail.  
 
You need to be prepared to travel and spend some nights away from home.


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