MyStemKits STEM job of the week: Computer system analysts
What does a computer systems analyst do?
That is the 10-million-dollar question! Well come along with us as we satisfy not only your curiosity but ours as well. Today we enter the unpredictable world of a computer systems analyst.
To briefly state what exactly a computer systems analyst is, one would say that they are the men and women responsible for bridging business and information technology strategies.
A computer systems analyst combines both their knowledge of information technology and business to improve computer systems and processes for their clients. Although they have many responsibilities, the first task of a computer system analyst is to understand their client’s business. Another important factor that must be explored is learning how the organization uses technology. Once these two factors are understood, the analyst can research the best technologies to help the organization’s computer system run more efficiently and effectively.
Computer system analysts must possess critical multitasking skills. Below are examples of their multiple duties.
Computer systems analysts typically do the following:
- Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
- Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
- Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
- Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
- Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
- Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
- Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
- Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals
Computer systems analysts use various techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Through data modeling, an analyst can view the processes and data flows before a program has been written. By calculating the requirements for how much memory and speed a computer system needs, analysts can prepare flowcharts and other kinds of diagrams so that programmers or engineers can use them to build the system that compliments their client’s needs. Once the programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase the system’s performance and efficiency. If there are any problems that may occur after the system has been developed, analysts work toward solving the problems.
Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.
Analysts may work for computer systems design firms, but they can also be employed by a host of industries. These industries may range from science to health care to banking and finance. The demand for computer systems analysts is expected to grow at a steady pace over a ten-year span. The expected rise is due to businesses and organizations becoming increasingly reliant on information technology. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 21 percent employment growth for computer system analysts between 2014 and 2024, faster than the average of all occupations. During that period, about 118,600 new jobs should open.
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Computer system analyst ranks #2 on US News Best STEM Jobs list.