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Career Spotlight: Systems Analyst

Marty Nemko/Monster Contributing Writer

September 18, 2007

What’s the best way for a traveling salesperson to connect with his company’s databases? How can a computer system enable all the employees, suppliers and vendors to know the status of orders? How can three different computer systems talk with each other?

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The systems analyst, working with programmers and managers, develops the blueprint for creating computer-based solutions to problems like these. You may not need to be a hardcore programmer, but you need some skills in programming, networking hardware, software and data modeling to do what-if projections.

Another key skill is the ability to translate between geek-speak and plain English. The more senior version of this position is systems architect. The Department of Labor projects systems analysis to be among the fastest-growing occupations through 2012.

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