Chris Tusa



In today's job world the increase and rapid spread of computers and information technology makes it necessary to employ individuals who can understand these technologies.  In this technological there are so many aspects as to how a computer functions, and how it needs to be repaired or constructed.  This introduces various occupations.  The career that I am looking into requires workers who can design and develop new hardware, software, and technologies for companies.

      In being a systems analyst, one must do research, that helps to enable technology to meet the standards of an organization, and to have an understanding of the capabilities of a company�s equipment.  Systems analysts must also do analysis� to find requirements, procedures, information, databases, and problems.  They are able to design new systems, while preparing specifications for computer programmers.  They also determine setup needs in a computer, and then apply new systems into computers.  Systems analyst is also trained to diagnose and solve problems through recommendations or providing solutions.  Aside from problems solving, Systems analysts can also modify systems to expand to other areas, which will then improve production and work flow.  Lastly, systems analysts are most often able to supervise or help computer programmers.  Other occupations related or similar to systems analysis are computer programming, computer software engineering, computer & information systems management, financial analysts, operations research analysts, and computer security specialists are just a few of many other occupations.  These occupations may have to do tasks that are similar to that of a systems analyst.

      To enter a career in systems analysis, one must have a formal college education, whether it is at a two-year, four-year, or graduate school.  Degrees in computer science, information systems, management information systems, business administration, data processing, information science, or commerce is preferred, although some people with various other degrees have found employment in this type of career.  Employers also look for backgrounds in physical science, applied mathematics, engineering, business management, accounting, economics, and other areas that promote communication skills, attention to detail, teamwork, problem solving, interpersonal skills, programming, troubleshooting, and telecommunications among other skills.

      The work environment and conditions that a systems analyst must endure includes working in an office or laboratory in a medium or large company for 40 hours a week, and perhaps on evenings or weekends to meet deadlines.  It also requires sitting in front of a computer for long hours which often lead to eye strain, backaches, or hand and wrist problems.  Systems analysts must be patient and flexible to the needs of projects.  The overall work behind being a systems analyst is interesting, but also challenging.

      The salary amount a systems analyst receives various and depends on the national level that you work, ie. with the government or a commercial company.  As well as the state you work in, and the amount of experience you have.  The average salary of a systems analyst is $43,500 to $73,210.  Entry-level analysts make approximately $24,000 to $37,400.  Senior systems analysts make anywhere from $65,000 to $89,000.

      The job outlook and availability for a career as a systems analyst is expected to increase rapidly through the year 2010.  The availability of positions is also expected to surpass the employment level.  Most systems analysts, however, are on a temporary or contract basis with companies and firms.  Other analysts are either self-employed or work independently.  With computer technology listed as the fastest growing industry, the need for new employees also increases, due to employee turnover.  Roughly 8,000 jobs in this career are expected annually.  As new applications for computers arise, systems analysts are also expected to rise, except those working in data processing firms.  Although the job outlook appears well, there will eventually be a decline after 2010.

      To find the information needed for this research paper, I used search engines on the World Wide Web.  From the results of the search, I was able to find websites that dealt with various aspects of many careers.  However, it was difficult to find information about what the profiles of a chosen career.  I began with a list of twelve websites from the twelve only five carried the information that I needed.  Other websites I found had information on occupations and careers similar to a Systems analyst, but were not adequate for my research.  From my reseacrh I have learned that to become a Systems analyst, one must work very hard in school and on the work site, and accept the challenges that come with the occupation if one intends to succeed in this career field. 


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Systems Analysts, Computer Scientists, and Database Administrators." Occupational Outlook Handbook. 6/21/02. (Sept. 13, 2002). 

Human Resources Development Canada. " Computer Systems Analysts." Work Futures: B.C. Occupational Outlooks. 2000.  (Sept. 13, 2002). 

Belleview Community College. " Enterprise Systems Analysis and Integration." CyberCareers. 2002. (Sept. 13, 2002). 

California Employment Development Department. "Computer Systems Analysts." Labor Market Information. 1995. (Sept. 13, 2002). 

O*Net Resource Center. "Computer Systems Analysts." O*Net Online. 1999. (Sept. 13, 2002).


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