Information is the lifeblood of all businesses, and systems are the vessels that keep it flowing smoothly and safely at the right place and the right time. Systems analysts design and implement information systems (IS) to meet a given company's unique needs. IS refers to the technological tools and processes... an organization uses to share, store and makes sense of data and other information. In the public and private sectors, systems analysts design more efficient and economical systems. With so many goods and services in today's economy, it's no surprise that these professionals are in increasingly high demand and have excellent earning potential in a number of exciting industries.
Most employers prefer to hire applicants who have a degree in Systems Analysis, Computer Science, or a related field. Educational credentials alongside professional certifications—which can often be earned concurrently—convey quality assurance to potential employers and clients, and it can also put a candidate in a higher pay bracket. The curriculum will cover standard information technology and computer science courses, such as operating systems, database concepts, and object-oriented programming (OOP), with an emphasis on real-world applications in business, government, and social systems.
Systems analysts who consult with businesses to create new systems from the ground up to meet specific goals are often referred to as System Architects or System Designers. These professionals are often self-employed or oversee their own team of systems analysts. Systems analysts who work for professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers tend to make even more than salaried analysts.