Systems analyst: job description
When recruiting systems analysts, employers consider relevant experience and a logical mind to be more important than the degree subject studied.
The skills of systems analysts are called upon when operational problems are encountered with IT systems.
- examine current systems
- talk to users (requirements gathering)
- produce specifications for new or modified systems
- liaise with other IT staff such as programmers to produce
- implement the new system.
They are also responsible for user training and feedback. Travel is a key feature of the job as the majority of work is undertaken at clients' premises.
- information technology/software consultancy firms
- commercial and industrial organisations
- the Civil Service
- service industries
- financial institutions.
Self employment is possible for individuals with several years' relevant experience.
Jobs are advertised by careers services and recruitment agencies, and in local/national newspapers and specialist publications including Computing and TARGETjobs IT. The internet is also a good source of vacancy information.
A genuine interest in and enthusiasm for IT is often more important than your degree subject, although graduates with a technical background (physics, mathematics, computation or software engineering) are preferred.
Arts and humanities graduates (with 2.1 degrees) should be able to demonstrate their interest in computers and IT, and a postgraduate IT conversion course can be useful. Employers often require candidates to meet high standards in programming aptitude tests.
- strong analysis skills
- attention to detail
- team working
- written and verbal communication skills
- inter-personal skills