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?
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.
This article originally appeared on Monster.com.