Computer Systems Analyst

             Computer systems analysts improve existing computer systems. They also plan                                                             and develop new systems.

What is a computer systems analyst anyways?

Systems analysts help organizations redesign their computer systems. Sometimes they add or design new software programs to make better use of computers.

Systems analysts coordinate the upgrade or installation of the computer system. Some systems analysts write programming code. They test nearly completed systems on users. They observe staff as they use the system to make sure it performs as planned. They also review computer reports and programs relating to the system to find problems. They change the programs to correct those problems.

Analysts set up computer systems and train staff how to use them. They write manuals that describe how to use the system. They write documentation for the people who will maintain the system.

Change happens quickly in the computer field. Systems analysts read books, blogs, and websites to keep their knowledge up to date. They may also take classes.

What do I need to become one?

Typically computer system analysts need to have:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • A bachelor's degree

How much money will I make?

In Oregon the entry wages per year are about $66,070, the monthly entry wage is $5,506, and the hourly pay for entry wage is $31.77.

In the United States, entry wages per year are $63,860, the monthly entry wage is $5,320, and the hourly pay is $30.70.

So what's the outlook?

Employment:

In Oregon, there are about 4,794 system analysts. Nationally, about 520,600. Major employers for people with this occupation are:

  • Computer systems design companies
  • Finance and insurance agencies
  • Information services companies

Outlook:

In Oregon, the number of jobs for computer systems analysts is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2022. Nationally, the number of jobs for computer systems analysts is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2022.

The demand for this occupation will remain high as companies seek the newest computer operation systems. Growth in this occupation will be driven by very rapid growth in the computer and data processing services industry. This is expected to be one of the fastest growing industries in the US economy.

In addition, growth in this occupation is expected in the health care industry as it moves to electronic medical records and other updates in technology.

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