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Helping you find a career as a Systems analyst

The job of a systems analyst is to analyse a company or organisation’s IT systems to see whether any improvements could be made to increase efficiency. This could involve a variety of tasks, including integrating a call centre’s phones and computers or securing a bank’s databases.


What does a Systems analyst do?
Day-to-day, you'll be:
  • Determining client needs

  • Examining the existing IT system

  • Creating suggestions and improvements

  • Determining how feasible these improvements are

  • Working alongside developers to create a new IT system

  • Working to fix problems as they arise

  • Testing new systems

  • Training staff on the new systems

  • Creating user manuals
What skills and interests should an Systems analyst have?
  • Excellent IT skills

  • Verbal and written communication

  • Ability to explain things clearly

  • Working interdependently

  • Problem solving

  • Researching

  • Organisation

  • Presentation skills
What hours does a Systems analyst typically do?
Systems analysts typically work between 37 and 40 hours a week. However, for demanding projects or when specific problems arise you may have to work overtime in the evenings or at weekends.
What environment is a Systems analyst based in?
An office.
How much does a Systems analyst travel?
As a systems analyst you would be expected to travel to each client’s premises to properly evaluate their IT systems which, in some cases, can involve staying away from home.
How much does a Systems analyst get paid?
At entry level junior analysts earn between £20,000 and £25,000 a year.

As you become more experienced you can then expect this to increase to over £40,000 a year.
What qualifications does a Systems analyst need?
Although there is no official requirement to hold an undergraduate degree, the majority of candidates hold a degree in a related subject.

Those with a non-technical degree wishing to switch to software development are able to take a conversion course, often in the form of a Diploma or MSc in a relevant subject.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
  • Business studies

  • Computer science

  • IT

  • Mathematics

  • Electrical/electronic engineering
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