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Systems Analyst - education and careers

Expand your horizons – start a career as a Computer Systems Analyst
Systems analysts solve business problems and utilize computer technology to meet
individual requirements of an organization. They help an organization realize the
maximum benefit from its investment in equipment, personnel, and business
processes. This may include planning and developing new computer systems or
devising ways to enhance existing computer applications.

Systems Analysts begin an assignment by discussing the systems problem with
managers and users to determine the business requirements. They define the goals
of the system and divide the solutions into individual steps and separate
procedures. Analysts use techniques such as structured analysis, data modeling,
information engineering, mathematical model building, sampling, and cost
accounting to plan the system. They specify the inputs to be accessed by the
system, design the processing steps, and format the output to meet the users’
needs. They also may prepare cost-benefit and return-on-investment analyses to
help management decide whether implementing the proposed system will be
financially feasible.

When a system is accepted, systems analysts determine what computer hardware
and software will be needed for implementation. They coordinate testing and
observe initial use of the system to ensure it meets the business requirements. They
prepare specifications, work diagrams, and structure charts for computer
programmers to follow and then work with them to "debug," or eliminate errors from
the system.

A bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for many Systems Analyst jobs. Some positions
may require only a 2-year degree. Relevant work experience also is very important.
For more advanced positions, majors in Information Technology, Information
Systems or graduate degrees are preferred.

There are numerous technical institutions offering specialized training for Systems
Analysts. Many of these schools partner with software vendors and offer graduates
industry standard
certifications such as MCSD - Microsoft Certified Solution
Developer, and MCAD - Microsoft Certified Application Developer.

Advance your career and turn your dreams into reality as information technology
professional. Your future starts today as a Systems Analyst.
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