Computer Systems Analysts

Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

Computer systems analysts conduct studies of organizations’ computer systems and recommend changes to help them operate more effectively. They are predominantly employed in the industries of computer systems design, enterprise management, insurance, state government, and data processing and hosting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer systems analysts should continue to enjoy job growth above the national average as a greater reliance on computer systems permeates all industries.

In 2012, U.S. computer systems analysts earned national median wages of $38.31 per hour, or $79,700 per year. In 2010, 544,400 computer systems analysts were employed in the U.S., a figure set to rise to 664,800 by 2020, in an 22% increase creating 22,250 new jobs—480 of them right here in North Carolina. A glance at the many jobs currently available at both the national and local levels reveals a career path rich with opportunity.

If you are interested in a career in computer systems analysis, NC State, with one of the oldest and most respected statistics programs in the nation, can help. Most computer systems analysis jobs require a bachelor’s degree. After earning your BS in Statistics on NC State’s campus in Raleigh, you will be ready if you choose to go further, pursuing your MS in Statistics online and augmenting it with the Certificate in Statistical Computing.

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Highest level of education associated with this occupation.

#Education Level%
0Post-Secondary Certificate7
1Some College Courses8
2Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)41
3Bachelor's Degree26
4Post-Baccalaureate Certificate10
5Master's Degree7

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