Computer Systems Analysts

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Vulnerability Assessment Analyst
  • Usability Engineer
  • Technical Consultant
  • Technical Business Analyst
  • Technical Analyst
  • Systems Integrator
  • Systems Engineer
  • Systems Developer
  • Systems Architect
  • Systems Analyst
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What They Do

  • Recommend new equipment or software packages.
  • 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.
  • Interview or survey workers, observe job performance or perform the job to determine what information is processed and how it is processed.
  • Analyze information processing or computation needs and plan and design computer systems, using techniques such as structured analysis, data modeling and information engineering.
  • Determine computer software or hardware needed to set up or alter system.
  • 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.
  • Review and analyze computer printouts and performance indicators to locate code problems, and correct errors by correcting codes.
  • Use object-oriented programming languages, as well as client and server applications development processes and multimedia and Internet technology.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ICR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Conventional and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Working Conditions, but also value Achievement and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Required

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

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $93,520 with most people making between $54,460 and $143,630

Outlook

2.08%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 24,030 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 29,030 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 500 openings due to growth and about 310 replacement openings for approximately 810 total annual openings.



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