Systems analyst: job description
The skills of systems analysts are called upon when operational problems are encountered with IT systems. Typical duties include:
- examining current systems
- talking to users (requirements gathering)
- producing specifications for new or modified systems
- liaising with other IT staff such as programmers to produce new systems
- implementing new systems
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.
- IT or 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 online, by careers services and recruitment agencies, and in local/national newspapers and specialist publications including Computing and TARGETjobs IT & Technology.
Graduates with a technical degree background (physics, mathematics, computating 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
- Teamworking skills
- Written and verbal communication skills
- Interpersonal skills