Computer Systems Analysts
SOC: 15-1121.00

Description:

Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
567,800 employed

Projected (2024):
686,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Applications Analyst
  • Applications Developer
  • Applications Systems Analyst
  • Automatic Data Processing Planner
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Continuity Analyst
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Clinical Analyst
  • Computer Analyst
  • Computer Analyst Supervisor
  • Computer Architect
  • Computer Consultant
  • Computer Methods Analyst
  • Computer or Data Processing Systems Consultant
  • Computer Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Computer Systems Consultant
  • Computer Systems Design Analyst
  • Computer Systems Designer
  • Cross-Enterprise Integrator
  • Data Processing Consultant
  • Data Processing Systems Analyst
  • Data Processing Systems Project Planner
  • Database Analyst
  • Database Design Analyst
  • Digital Computer Systems Analyst
  • E-Business Specialist
  • Engineering Systems Analyst
  • Enterprise Architect
  • Functional Analyst
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst)
  • Health Systems Analyst
  • Healthcare Applications Analyst
  • Information Scientist
  • Information Systems Analyst (ISA)
  • Information Systems Architect
  • Information Systems Auditor
  • Information Systems Consultant
  • Information Systems Planner
  • Information Systems Specialist
  • Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst)
  • Information Technology Auditor (IT Auditor)
  • Information Technology Consultant (IT Consultant)
  • Information Technology Generalist (IT Generalist)
  • Information Technology Manager (IT Manager)
  • Information Technology Specialist (ITS)
  • Information Technology Systems Manager
  • Internet E-Commerce Specialist
  • IT Business Analyst (Information Technology Business Analyst)
  • Management Information System Analyst (MIS Analyst)
  • Network Administrator
  • Program Manager
  • Programmer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Programming Specialist
  • Public Health Informatician
  • Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst)
  • Quality Assurance Manager (QA Manager)
  • Quality Controller
  • Reporting Analyst
  • Scientific Systems Analyst
  • Software Analyst
  • Software Architect
  • Software Consultant
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Quality Engineer
  • Systems Administration Analyst
  • Systems Analysis Information Technology Specialist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Architect
  • Systems Developer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Systems Integrator
  • Systems Manager
  • Systems Programmer
  • Technical Analyst
  • Technical Consultant
  • Technical Project Manager
  • Usability Engineer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media


  • Tasks:

  • Provide staff and users with assistance solving computer related problems, such as malfunctions and program problems.
  • Test, maintain, and monitor computer programs and systems, including coordinating the installation of computer programs and systems.
  • Use object-oriented programming languages, as well as client and server applications development processes and multimedia and Internet technology.
  • Confer with clients regarding the nature of the information processing or computation needs a computer program is to address.
  • Coordinate and link the computer systems within an organization to increase compatibility and so information can be shared.
  • Consult with management to ensure agreement on system principles.
  • Expand or modify system to serve new purposes or improve work flow.
  • Interview or survey workers, observe job performance or perform the job to determine what information is processed and how it is processed.
  • Determine computer software or hardware needed to set up or alter system.
  • Train staff and users to work with computer systems and programs.
  • Analyze information processing or computation needs and plan and design computer systems, using techniques such as structured analysis, data modeling and information engineering.
  • Assess the usefulness of pre-developed application packages and adapt them to a user environment.
  • Define the goals of the system and devise flow charts and diagrams describing logical operational steps of programs.
  • Develop, document and revise system design procedures, test procedures, and quality standards.
  • Review and analyze computer printouts and performance indicators to locate code problems, and correct errors by correcting codes.
  • Recommend new equipment or software packages.
  • Read manuals, periodicals, and technical reports to learn how to develop programs that meet staff and user requirements.
  • Supervise computer programmers or other systems analysts or serve as project leaders for particular systems projects.
  • Use the computer in the analysis and solution of business problems, such as development of integrated production and inventory control and cost analysis systems.
  • Prepare cost-benefit and return-on-investment analyses to aid in decisions on system implementation.
  • Specify inputs accessed by the system and plan the distribution and use of the results.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Mainframe computers
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Access management software
  • AcmeStudio
  • Active directory software
  • Ada
  • Adobe ColdFusion
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flex
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Advanced business application programming ABAP
  • AJAX
  • Apache Cassandra
  • Apache Hadoop
  • Apache HTTP Server
  • Apache Maven
  • Apache Pig
  • Apache Solr
  • Apache Struts
  • Apache Tomcat
  • Application management software
  • Architecture description language ADL
  • Automated installation software
  • Business intelligence system software
  • C
  • C#
  • C++
  • CA Erwin Data Modeler
  • Cascading Style Sheets CSS
  • Cisco Systems CiscoWorks software
  • Citrix software
  • Common business oriented language COBOL
  • Compatibility testing software
  • Component object model COM software
  • Computer aided design and drafting CADD software
  • Cost estimation software
  • CrossTec NetOp Remote Control
  • Customer information control system CICS software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Data conversion software
  • Data entry software
  • Defect tracking software
  • Delphi software
  • Diagramming software
  • Distributed component object model DCOM software
  • Drupal
  • Dynamic analysis software
  • Dynamic hypertext markup language DHTML
  • Eclipse software
  • Eiffel
  • Electronic design automation EDA software
  • Element management software
  • Embarcadero JBuilder
  • Enterprise JavaBeans
  • Epic Systems software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Ext JS
  • Extensible HyperText Markup Language XHTML
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Flow chart software
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • Functional testing software
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • Google Analytics
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS software
  • Help desk software
  • Hewlett Packard HP-UX
  • Hewlett Packard LoadRunner
  • Hibernate ORM
  • Hierarchical simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis HSPICE
  • Human resource management software HRMS
  • HyperSpace software
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • IBM Cognos Impromptu
  • IBM DB2
  • IBM Domino
  • IBM InfoSphere DataStage
  • IBM Notes
  • IBM Power Systems software
  • IBM Rational ClearCase
  • IBM Rational ClearQuest
  • IBM Rational PurifyPlus
  • IBM Rational Rose XDE Developer
  • IBM WebSphere
  • Informatica Corporation PowerCenter
  • InstallShield software
  • Integrated development environment IDE software
  • Integration testing software
  • Interoperability testing software
  • J
  • JavaScript
  • Job control language JCL
  • jQuery
  • KornShell
  • LAMP Stack
  • LexisNexis software
  • Linux
  • Load testing software
  • McAfee software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Active Server Pages ASP
  • Microsoft ActiveX
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Microsoft Dynamics software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Internet Information Service IIS
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition VBScript
  • Microsoft Visual Basic.NET
  • Microsoft Visual C# .NET
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Word
  • MicroStrategy software
  • Migration testing software
  • Minitab software
  • MongoDB
  • Mutation testing software
  • MySQL software
  • Nagios
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Network intrusion prevention systems NIPS software
  • Node.js
  • NoSQL software
  • Objective C
  • Omni Group OmniGraffle
  • Oracle Application Server
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Suite
  • Oracle DBMS
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Financials
  • Oracle Eloqua software
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware
  • Oracle Hyperion software
  • Oracle Java
  • Oracle Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition J2EE
  • Oracle JavaServer Pages JSP
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  • Oracle JDBC
  • Oracle Master Data Management MDM Suite
  • Oracle PeopleSoft Financials
  • Oracle PeopleSoft software
  • Oracle PL/SQL
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software
  • Oracle Solaris
  • Oracle WebLogic Server
  • OrCAD Capture
  • Patch and update management software
  • Perforce Helix software
  • Personal computer diagnostic software
  • PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
  • Popkin System Architect
  • PostgreSQL software
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Puppet
  • Python
  • Qlik Tech QlikView
  • R
  • Rapide
  • Recovery testing software
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Red Hat WildFly
  • Regression testing software
  • Relational database management software
  • Remote control software
  • Requirements management software
  • Ruby on Rails
  • SAP Business Objects software
  • SAP BusinessObjects Desktop Intelligence
  • SAP Crystal Reports
  • SAP Master Data Management MDM
  • SAP NetWeaver
  • SAP Netweaver BW
  • SAP R/3 software
  • SAP software
  • SAS software
  • Security testing software
  • Smalltalk
  • Snort
  • Software asset management SAM software
  • Software distribution software
  • Spectra Quest software
  • Splunk Enterprise
  • Spring Framework
  • SPSS software
  • Stac Software ReachOut
  • StataCorp Stata
  • Static analysis software
  • Stress testing software
  • Structure prediction software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Sun Microsystems Sun ONE
  • Sybase software
  • Sybase SQL Server
  • Symantec pcAnywhere
  • Symantec security software
  • Symantec Visual Cafe
  • System and data disaster recovery software
  • System testing software
  • Systems and application deployment and migration software
  • Tableau software
  • Teradata Database
  • Test design software
  • Test implementation software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Time sharing option TSO software
  • Transact-SQL
  • Unified modeling language UML
  • Unit testing software
  • UNIX
  • Usability testing software
  • Verilog
  • Veritas NetBackup
  • Version control software
  • Virtual private network VPN software
  • Virtual private networking VPN software
  • Virus scanning software
  • Web server software
  • WebFOCUS software
  • Wireshark
  • Wise Solutions software
  • Wise Solutions Wise for Windows Installer
  • Wright software


  • computer and mathematical


    industry stats

    SOC: 15-0000

    Total Employed: 4,005,250

    Average Annual Salary: $86,170