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A systems analyst is someone who is employed by a company to assess their IT systems and processes. They do this to see how efficiently the systems run, and to suggest ways of improving them.
These improvements may involve designing new IT systems, to make changes such as making confidential data more secure, or it could involve upgrading software.
The systems analyst will provide suggestions for change to the client, including implementation plans and costings, and if given the go-ahead will see the project through, working with programmers and software developers.
Once installed, they’ll check for technical glitches, before making the programme or system live. The final task is to
They may work externally for different companies, or internally for company departments.
How to become a Systems Analyst
The minimum entry requirement is usually a HNC/HND or degree in computing, maths and operational research, or information systems.
A specific degree tailored towards a career in IT, the Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) degree, has also been developed by e-skills and employers in an attempt to address a shortage in business skills within the industry.
Graduates in unrelated subjects who wish to go into IT and become a Systems Analyst can also take a postgraduate IT conversion course.
The most important things to look for in all of this is a course that focuses on both technical skills and business skills, and gives good working knowledge of such systems as SAP and SQL.
Employers will provide training in particular software and analysis tools, and it is necessary to keep your skills up to date as time goes on. This can be achieved by taking courses with IT industry bodies, details of which are on the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) website.
Skills and knowledge required
- An in-depth knowledge of hardware, software and programming, and the ability to keep abreast of latest technology developments
- Be a good team player
- Have the ability to think laterally and problem solve
- Be able to pull information together and
- Have the ability to communicate thoughts and information clearly
- Good time management
- Budgeting skills
Income is dependent on experience, but it can range from £20,000 to £45,000 per annum.
Top analysts can earn in the region of £50,000 if their role includes project management.
These are normally 37-40 hours a week, although as work is project-based there may be overtime required to meet a project deadline. Travelling may be involved.
www.e-skills.com – e-skills UK
www.sfia.org.uk – Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA)
www.imis.org.uk – Institute for the Management of Information Systems
www.iap.org.uk – Institution of Analysts and Programmers
www.bcs.org.uk – British Computer Society