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Computer Systems Analyst

The role of a computer systems analyst is to act as a digital investigator.

Computer systems analysts take a look at a company's current computer systems and procedures, and then find a way to have them operate in a more efficient and effective way. They document technology systems in order to understand, change, improve and help rebuild these systems. This might include finding out why a computer system is failing by using specific software to track applications, systems, databases and networks.

At every stage of a systems development life cycle, computer systems analysts team up with computer programmers, user experience designers and quality assurance testers to build computer systems. They also work closely with an organization's chief executives, as well as advise other technology team members to better understand how computer systems can best serve an organization.

They typically specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the industry they work with, such as engineering computer systems or financial computer systems. In some cases, these analysts are called IT project managers, since they keep track of a project’s progress to make sure that cost targets, deadlines and standards are met.

Computer systems analysts are excellent critical thinkers and have superior communication skills. They must be able to find creative solutions to complex problems. If you have these skills, this might be the right job for you.

Most computer systems analysts have at least a bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.

$64,858

entry level salary estimate

$125,259

experienced level salary estimate

4,985

projected annual job openings

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Sources:

Texas Labor Market Information, Texas Workforce Commission. Statewide wages by occupation, 2021. Statewide projections by occupation, 2020-2030.

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