Between now and 2016, the employment rate in the field of information technology is expected to increase 29%, faster than the average growth of all occupations. IT jobs are very desirable and are also considered recession-proof. One of the jobs at the top of the list is the systems analyst position. Other titles for systems analysts are systems developers or systems architects.
Systems analysts work under the direction of the IT Manager to plan and coordinate installation and upgrading of hardware and software, programming and systems design. Depending on the functions of the organization that employs them, systems analysts work with business, accounting, or financial systems, or scientific and engineering systems. They solve computer problems and apply computer technology to meet the organization’s needs and to maximize the benefits of the organization’s investment in equipment, personnel, and business processes. Or, they may design new hardware and software, or add a new software application to enhance the computer’s power.
Outsourcing isn’t as much a concern for systems analysts as it is for programmers. Systems analysts do more than just write code. They work jointly with both the producers and the consumers of the information. This collaboration alone would probably require that they be on-site to allow effective communication with this group. Being in the same time zone and a native speaker of the language are also barriers to outsourcing.
A bachelor’s degree in computer science, information science, or management information systems (MIS) is usually the minimum education required by employers. Median salary is $71,000.