What does a System Analyst do?

Systems analysts implement, maintain, and support IT and informations systems to meet the business needs of organizations and scale as organizations grow. They analyze and create tests, and develop specifications and requirements for developers and programmers to follow. They usually are not involved directly in software or hardware development.

Most systems analysts will be required to have a Bachelor's degree in the field of computer science, information technology, engineering, or information systems. Systems analysts oftentimes advance into project management roles. The best systems analysts have excellent analytical skills and are creative problem solvers.

What responsibilities are common for System Analyst jobs?
  • Deploy, maintain, and troubleshoot core business applications, including application servers, associated hardware, endpoints, and databases
  • Meet and coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to establish project scope, system goals, and requirements
  • Develop, analyze, prioritize, and organize requirement specifications, data mapping, diagrams, and flowcharts for developers and testers to follow
  • Translate highly technical specifications into clear non-technical requirements
  • Manage the set-up and configuration of systems
  • Define and coordinate the execution of testing procedures, and develop test cases to serve the overall quality assurance process
  • Provide documentation of all processes and training as needed
  • Develop and implement maintenance procedures, monitor systems health, gather system statistics, and troubleshoot reported errors and alarms
  • Perform design, implementation, and upgrades of information systems to meet the business and user needs
  • Implement best practices for scalability, supportability, ease of maintenance, and system performance
What are the typical qualifications for System Analyst jobs?
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or information technology, or equivalent experience
  • 4-6 years experience working with information technologies and systems analysis
  • Strong computer, hardware, software, and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to assess business needs and translate them into relevant solutions
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of the principles and practices associated with database maintenance and administration
  • Experience installing, configuring, documenting, testing, training, and implementing new applications and systems
  • Working knowledge of a wide variety of programming languages
  • Excellent analytical skills
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

System Analyst Salaries

Average Base Pay

$87,228 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$65K
Median: $87K
$128K
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System Analyst Career Path

Learn how to become a System Analyst, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Systems Analyst
$87,228/yr
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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
11%
2 - 4
54%
5 - 7
22%
8+
13%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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System Analyst Insights

Read what System Analyst professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
IBMIBM
Senior Systems Analyst
22 Oct 2021

“The main thing i feel is we get time for our personal thing to do and provides good work life balance”

MysoftMysoft
Systems Analyst
7 Sept 2020

“And the best part is we get a very good salary which we receive on time.”

Foiwe Info Global SolutionsFoiwe Info Global Solutions
Systems Analyst
23 Jan 2022

“A good place to begin your career as a fresher an dyou get to know and learn many aspects.”

MysoftMysoft
Systems Analyst
7 Sept 2020

“We get to work with some really dynamic and talented guys and learn how to do business.”

CapgeminiCapgemini
Systems Analyst
3 Dec 2020

“This is my first job and I think Capgemini is giving me a great opportunity to start my career.”

USTUST
Systems Analyst
21 July 2020

“You got to meet with amazing people who are really good at what they are doing.”

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas CityFederal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Systems Analyst
14 Aug 2021

“If you get any of those two ratings you are not eligible for salary increases.”

NSEiTNSEiT
Associate Systems Analyst
3 June 2021

“They charge very high cost to vendors(consider 2x of your salary) but at end you get nothing.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a System Analyst

When working as a System Analyst, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Integrator, Gathering, SQL Server, Operating Systems and Relational Database.

The most similar professions to System Analyst are:
  • It Consultant
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Information Technology Manager
  • It

The most common qualifications to become a System Analyst is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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