The Systems Analyst positions can have a number of different names including Tester and Quality Assurance Analyst. Regardless of what the specific job title is, the main job duties are the same: the employee tests out features of a product (software or hardware) to detect usability issues, glitches, or problems. Other job duties include planning, developing, designing, and installing new computer systems. The Systems Analyst often works to revamp existing computer systems. Testing and debugging are common tasks conducted on a consistent basis by a Systems Analyst. In some cases, a Systems Analyst is involved in preparing a cost-benefit analysis or a return-on-investment analysis for management. Systems Analysts often work with other Information Technology (IT) professionals, including Network Engineers, Security Specialists, and Programmers.Requirements
The Systems Analyst needs to have a good understanding of computer hardware and software. More specifically, he must have a thorough understanding of the product being testing. Many employers require that a Systems Analyst have a formal education, either a bachelors degree or masters degree. The most popular computer-related degrees are degrees in computer science, management information science, or information science. Some employers require certifications as well.Earnings
According to Payscale.com, the average earnings of a Computer Systems Analyst as of October 2011 ranges between $38,249 and $84,746. Earnings vary by state, employer, years of experience, certification, and company size.