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

  • Applications Analyst
  • Applications Systems Analyst
  • Automatic Data Processing Planner
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Clinical Analyst
  • Computer Analyst
  • Computer Analyst Supervisor
  • Computer Architect
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What They Do

  • Test, maintain, and monitor computer programs and systems, including coordinating the installation of computer programs and systems.
  • Troubleshoot program and system malfunctions to restore normal functioning.
  • Expand or modify system to serve new purposes or improve work flow.
  • Use the computer in the analysis and solution of business problems, such as development of integrated production and inventory control and cost analysis systems.
  • Use object-oriented programming languages, as well as client and server applications development processes and multimedia and Internet technology.
  • Consult with management to ensure agreement on system principles.
  • Review and analyze computer printouts and performance indicators to locate code problems, and correct errors by correcting codes.
  • Confer with clients regarding the nature of the information processing or computation needs a computer program is to address.
  • Supervise computer programmers or other systems analysts or serve as project leaders for particular systems projects.
  • Train staff and users to work with computer systems and programs.

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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • 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 2018, the average annual wage in Ohio was $89,420 with most people making between $55,170 and $126,990

Outlook

0.14%
avg. annual growth

During 2016, this occupation employed approximately 28,800 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 29,210 employed in 2026.

This occupation will have about 41 openings due to growth and about 1,829 replacement openings for approximately 1,870 total annual openings.

Work Keys

This occupation requires a Gold certificate

Skill Level
Listening5
Reading for Information5
Observation4
Writing4
Locating Information4
Teamwork4
Applied Mathematics3
Writing3