How to Get a Job as a Computer Systems Analyst
Whether you're pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree, Bieg recommends taking courses that specifically pertain to business systems analysis. "[Students] need to learn about business systems analysis in order to determine if this is the type of thing they want to do, and also recognize the opportunities being offered," he says. Think of these classes as a gateway to the profession. "There's this gap that exists where students want to understand how to get into a career [as a computer systems analyst] and corporations want to identify students who want to be in that career ... and there's nobody bringing them together to make that happen," says Bieg.
Interview Questions Submitted by Real Computer Systems Analysts
"How would I defuse a frustrated, irate customer?" - Lockheed Martin Computer Systems Analyst Candidate (Location Unknown)
"[What is your] knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint?" - SDS International Computer Systems Analyst Candidate (Des Moines, IA)
What is the Job Like?
Communication skills are paramount in this profession, as computer systems analysts spend a lot of time working with various teams—including managers, users, and software developers—to pinpoint the requirements for a system as well as address problems that may arise. Bieg says the position is ideal for extroverted individuals who have a "very analytical mindset." Most computer systems analysts work 40 hours a week, but some may work more than 50 hours.
Real Reviews From Computer Systems Analysts
+ [The] company is very huge you can almost find all the domains of computer science. I was completely involved in system side works which was very challenging and state-of-art work." - IBM Systems Analyst (Location Unknown)
"Enjoyable work and good development opportunities." - State Farm Systems Analyst (Location Unknown)
- "Watch the particular contract. If the government has set wages for a position, you may not be able to get raises during the contract period without promotions." - Northrop Grumman Computer Systems Analyst III (Montgomery, AL)
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