Computer Systems Analysts

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Applications Analyst, Business Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Computer Analyst, Computer Systems Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, ERP Technical Lead (Enterprise Resource Planning Technical Lead), Information Systems Analyst (ISA), Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst), Information Technology Consultant (IT Consultant), System Analyst, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Computer Systems Analysts is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 4%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #15 in job growth rate
  • 2,660

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #6 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (3.1%)
  • Master's degree (23.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (47.6%)
  • Associate's degree (7.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (13.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (4.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.6%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Monitor computer system performance to ensure proper operation.
  • Test software performance.
  • Coordinate software or hardware installation.
  • Troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems.
  • Modify software programs to improve performance.
  • Apply information technology to solve business or other applied problems.
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O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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