Job Description:

Computer Systems Analysts study an organization’s computer systems and design solutions to help the organization run more efficiently. They bring business and IT together to understand the needs and limits of both. They typically do things like plan ways to add functionality to existing computer systems, develop new systems by configuring hardware/software, oversee installation of new systems, conduct system tests, and train users or write instruction manuals.

Skills and Education:

Most CSAs have a bachelor’s degree in a computer related field, like Computer Information Systems. Also, because this job has such a strong connection with business, it helps to have a business degree. A technical degree is more important for some jobs, while a liberal arts degree is more suitable for others. CSAs must have knowledge in coding and understand the hardware that makes these systems run. A lot of them still take classes while working so they can keep up with ever-changing technology.


The median annual wage for CSAs in May 2012 was $79,680. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $49,950 and the top 10 percent earned more than $122,090.

Job Outlook:

Employment of computer systems analysts is projected to grow 25% from 2012 to 2022. This is more than double the average of 11% of all occupations. Additional growth is expected in healthcare fields, because a large increase is expected in electronic medical records, e-prescribing, and other forms of healthcare IT.