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How to get your interest in computers out of your system; Careers in system analysis Sue Kelbrick on a career suited to those who have a deep understanding of computers.

What does a career as a systems analyst involve? As a systems analyst you would be employed by a company to examine their IT systems and processes, and recommend improvements. Your work could range from integrating the telephone and computer networks in a call centre, to re-structuring a bank's customer account databases to make them more secure.

Your work would involve identifying the client organisation's needs, drawing up plans for a modified or replacement IT system, carrying out feasibility studies of proposals and making recommendations, working closely with programmers and software developers to build the system and overseeing installation and testing correcting problems before the final version is released.

What skills are needed? To be systems analyst you should have a broad knowledge of hardware, software and programming, a creative approach to problem-solving, the ability to gather and interpret information, excellent communication and presentation skills and the ability to explain technical ideas clearly.

What training do you need? To work as a systems analyst you normally need a BTEC HNC/HND or degree, backed up with industry experience. Relevant subjects include computer science/ studies, information management systems, business information systems or maths and operational research.

You would be expected to have a working knowledge of programming skills and analysis methods. Some of the most common are SQL, Visual Basic, C++ and Java, Unified Modelling Language (UML) and SAP business software applications.

What are the opportunities for career progression? With experience, you could be promoted to senior analyst, or into project management or strategic business planning. Eventually, you could become a specialist analyst in a particular field like finance or retail.

Another option would be to set up your own business and work on a contract or consultancy basis.

What is the salary? Salaries can range from PS20,000 to PS45,000 a year, depending on experience. Senior analysts involved in project management can earn up to PS60,000 a year.

More information ? Details for careers information only. Jobs not necessarily available. ? Institute for the Management of Information Systems: telephone, 0700 002 3456, www.imis.org.uk ? Institution of Analysts and Programmers: telephone, 020 8567 2118, www.iap.org.uk ? e-skills UK: 0207 963 8920, www.e-skills.com

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2014
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