11 Nov In-Demand Skills: IT Systems Analyst
IT systems analysts keep a company’s computer systems running smoothly and efficiently. They must evaluate how systems serve the needs of their organization, and they work directly with employees and managers outside of the IT department to determine whether or not upgrades or new technologies are financially feasible. They may also be responsible for developing new systems for the company, training employees on those systems, and configuring both hardware and software when required. Specific responsibilities vary significantly from company to company, but the typical skills advertised for systems analysts include SQL, Oracle, Java, Linux and Unix.
Because systems analysts work so closely with nontechnical members of an organization, soft skills are extremely important. Many companies look for individuals who are adept at:
- Written and verbal communication
- Business acumen
- Problem solving
- Project flow
- Customer service
Educational Requirements for IT Systems Analysts
A bachelor’s degree in a computer science field is typically required of entry-level systems analysts; however, many companies put more weight on skill and experience than educational level. Analysts looking to advance their careers typically pursue master’s degrees in computer science and/or professional certifications from organizations like the Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals. It can also be extremely useful for systems analysts to take courses in business administration as well because the systems that fall under their care have a direct impact on a company’s bottom line.
Salary and Job Outlook
According to Indeed.com’s salary aggregator, the average annual salary for IT systems analysts across the country is $76,000, which is 33 percent higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide. Glassdoor cites a similar annual salary, at $69,228. Keep in mind that this data comes from jobs and information posted to each site, and they do not pull from external sources. Salary will vary depending upon the company, geographic location, and other factors.
According to both sites, the systems analyst field has grown significantly over the last three years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a continuous, steady growth of 25 percent through the year 2020 which means there will continue to be strong opportunities for systems analysts in the near future.
Career Opportunities for IT Systems Analysts
Systems analysts are in demand at companies of all sizes across all industries because they play an integral role in the efficiency of the entire organization. Experienced systems analysts and certified professionals who are looking for new opportunities are encouraged to visit the iSymmetry job board. As you browse, keep in mind that our recruiters are always working on filling positions that may not yet be open for public posting, so if you do not see an opportunity advertised on the board, reach out directly to our recruiters to talk about your experience and your goals for your career. Our recruiting team is dedicated to the success of our talent network, and we can help you take your career to the next level.