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Computer Systems Programmer/Analysts
Businesses invest hundreds of thousands of dollars—and sometimes millions—in computer systems to make their operations more efficient and thus, more profitable. As older systems become obsolete, businesses are also faced with the task of replacing them or upgrading them with new technology. Computer systems programmer/analysts plan and develop new computer systems or upgrade existing systems to meet changing business needs. (Analysts who specialize in the design of hardware and software systems are often known as systems designers or systems architects). They also install, modify, and maintain functioning computer systems. The process of choosing and implementing a computer system is similar for programmer analysts who work for very different employers. However, specific decisions in terms of hardware and software differ depending on the industry.