Computer Systems Programmer/Analysts

Computer systems programmer/analysts analyze the computing needs of a business and then design a new system or upgrade an old system to meet those needs. The position can be split between two people, the systems programmer and the systems analyst, but it is frequently held by just one person, who oversees the work from beginning to end. In this instance, these professionals may also be known as Information Technology project managers. Approximately 482,040 computer systems analysts are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Analyze the computing needs of a business and then design a new system or upgrade an old system to meet those needs
Alternate Title(s) Information Technology Project Managers, Systems Analysts, Systems Programmers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Knowledge of programming languages and experience as a programmer, software engineering technician, or network and database administrator will be useful
Skills
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Math
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Project Manager, or IT Director, or Chief Technology Officer
  • Computer Systems Programmer/Analyst
  • Programmer, or Software Engineering Technician, or Database Administrator