The job of a computer systems analyst is to analyze the computer needs of a company or organization and then work to meet those needs. Responsibilities may include determining what types of hardware and software would be most beneficial based on the type of industry configuring computer systems to help an organization achieve its goals determining the most cost-effective way to run a system of computers andor customizing hardware and software so that specific needs are met.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics computer systems analysts consult with an organizations managers and users to define the goals of the system and then design a system to meet those goals. However because computer hardware and software tends to advance rather quickly computer systems analysts also need to be able to constantly incorporate updates so that systems are always running the most efficiently.
Computer systems analysts must have the ability to work effectively and efficiently with other members of an organizations IT department. Because of the need for an extensive educational background in computer systems most computer systems analysts have a minimum of a bachelors degree. There is also a need for computer systems analysts to enroll in continuing education classes throughout their careers so that they can stay up-to-date on advances in technology.
According to Jobsearchtech.about.com computer systems analysts earn between $41730 and $99180 per year.