Will It Be All Systems Go for You?
A SOLID grounding in all things relating to computers could lead to a rewarding career as a systems analyst. Here, SUE KELBRICK answers questions about what such work involves: 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 restructuring 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.
You would work closely with programmers and software developers to build the system and oversee installation and testing, correcting problems before the final version is released.
You would use various computer assisted software engineering (CASE) tools and programming methods in your job.
What skills are needed? To be a 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.
Also useful is the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines and project management skills, as well as a willingness to keep up to date with developments in technology.
What training do you need? To work as a systems analyst, you normally need an 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. …