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Business Systems Analyst

Job Description:

The role of a business systems analyst is different than that of a business analyst. Business systems analysts, sometimes called a computer systems analysts, help a business or organization utilize IT systems to pursue specific and strategic business goals. They may create new systems or use an organization’s existing systems in new ways to accomplish these goals. Business systems analysts use sampling, model building, and structured analysis, as well as principles of accounting, to design and implement systems solutions.

A business systems analyst must hold at least a bachelor's degree in a technical field such as computer science, information technology, engineering, or information systems. A business background is also necessary in order to understand how technology can assist a business with its goals. Some employers, such as those in the health care, telecommunications, or finance industries, may favor candidates who have some industry-related experience.
Median Salary:
There is currently a strong demand for analysts who possess business, financial, and technological expertise. As businesses and organizations continue to upgrade their information technology (IT) infrastructures, and mobile and wireless networks continue to grow, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts employment of computer systems analysts to grow 22% from 2010 to 2020. In May 2012, the BLS reported the states with the highest level of employment of computer systems analysts were California, Texas, and New York.
Job Outlook:

Projected to grow 22% between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS.

Business systems analysts are crucial for companies and organizations striving to maintain the most efficient business practices possible. These professional consultants are especially in-demand at smaller companies with modest budgets and minimal staff, as they are required to maximize efficiency and streamline operations at all times. According to the BLS, the largest percentage of management analysts work in management, scientific, and technical consulting services, followed by finance and insurance. As the demand for business systems analysts is broad and spans many diverse fields and industries, professionals with specialty skills, such as "green" energy conservation, may find they have a competitive edge in the job market. Future job opportunities for business systems analysts are also expected to reflect a growing international market, sought-after by U.S. businesses hoping to stick to their bottom line while they expand their business overseas.

Continuing Education:

Business systems analysts may pursue continuing education in an effort to improve their skills and maximize their professional opportunities. Select schools offer course work including problem-solving, analytical skills, new technology, and computer software specific to this field, to provide students with credits suitable for pursuing CBAP and CCBA certification. Once students take the required certification exams, they must complete a minimum of continuing study credit hours every three years to maintain their status. The University of Washington and DePaul University are examples of schools that offer comprehensive business analyst programs through their continuing education departments. Students who have gained the benefits of continuing education in business systems analysis may hold an advantage over other candidates for top positions in this field.