Computer Systems Analyst

Salary/Compensation

A Computer Systems Analyst's entry level salary ranges from P30,000 - P35,000 per month and may even go up to P40,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. Big companies offer relatively higher salaries. In the US, the median monthly pay is around US $5,600.

Basic Educational Requirement

Many employers require Computer System Analysts to be formally educated. The minimum requirement is a bachelors degree. Some employers require an advanced degree for more-complex jobs and senior positions. Instead of a degree, some employers might accept equivalent experience in computers and electronics, design or experience plus computer certification.

Cost of Education *

The cost of pursuing a Bachelor Degree (4-year course) in Computer Science may cost from P110,000 to as high as P300,000 depending on the educational institution the student is enrolled.

Employment Opportunities

Because of the increasing information technology needs in virtually all industries, Computer System Analyst jobs are forecasted to grow faster than the average level. The computer system design, games, and related services industry is likely to be the largest provider of jobs for Computer System Analysts.

Prospects for Career Advancement

Career advancement for Computer Systems Analysts with leadership skills include promotion to middle-management positions, such as project manager or manager of information systems or even executive positions such as chief information officer [CIO]. Some Systems Analysts eventually strike out on their own by becoming self-employed independent contractors, consultants or small-business owners. This is because the job of a computer system analyst is often treated singly which suits the self-employed.

Nature of Work

A Computer Systems Analyst analyzes science, engineering, business and all other data processing problems for application to electronic data processing systems. He/She analyzes user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow and scheduling limitations. A Computer Systems Analyst may analyze or recommend commercially available software and may also supervise computer programmers.

Tasks

  • Provides staff and users with assistance solving computer related problems such as malfunctions and program problems;
  • Tests, maintains and monitors computer programs and systems, including installation;
  • Uses object-oriented programming languages, as well as client and server applications development processes and internet technology;
  • Coordinates and links the computer systems within an organization to increase compatibility for information;
  • Consults with management to ensure agreement on system principles; and
  • Expands or modifies system to serve new purposes or improve work flow.

Skills and Competencies

  • Knowledge of a specific computer system;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in the production of precision technical plans, blue prints, drawings, and models; and
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Can listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences;
  • Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem only recognizing there is a problem;
  • Can apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense;
  • Can combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions including finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events;
  • Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

* Based on 2011 rates.