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Computer Systems Analysts in

May also be called: Information Systems Consultants; Information Technology (IT) Specialists; Programmer Analysts; Quality Assurance Analysts; Systems Architects; and Systems Developers

What Would I Do?

Computer Systems Analysts solve computer problems and apply computer technology to meet the individual needs of an organization. They help an organization realize the maximum benefit from its investment in equipment, personnel, and business processes. They use and analyze systems, interpret data, and customize systems to better meet the organization’s needs.

Systems Analysts work about 40 hours a week; however, evening or weekend work may be necessary to meet deadlines or solve specific problems. Although Systems Analysts frequently work in teams on large projects, they sometimes work independently.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Computer Systems Analyst will appeal to those who enjoy activities that involve working with ideas and solving problems.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2021 for Computer Systems Analysts in California is $0 annually. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Annual Wages for 2021Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California>$145,600>$145,600>$145,600
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2021 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Most employers offer benefit packages that include health, dental, and vision insurance, holidays, vacation, and retirement plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

Systems Analysts are expected to remain in great demand as business and government continue to adopt new computer technologies. Candidates capable of analyzing new systems, such as wireless Internet, should find the best opportunities.

How Do I Qualify?

Educational requirements for Computer Systems Analysts vary by employer. While a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information science, or management information systems (MIS) is required for many jobs, degree holders in a variety of majors find jobs as Systems Analysts.

The skills, knowledge, and education level of workers in this occupation is increasing to keep pace with rapidly-changing technology. In addition to technical knowledge, employers are looking for a broad background and range of skills, including communication and interpersonal skills.

Finding a Job

Networking with associates or peers is important in this occupation, since many Systems Analysts find work through word of mouth and referrals. Direct application to employers is also an effective job search method, as well as browsing newspaper ads and Internet job postings. Those interested in civil service jobs should contact federal, State, county, and city personnel offices or visit their Web sites.  Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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