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How Do I Become a Computer Analyst?

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  • Written By: Gabriele Sturmer
  • Edited By: Angela B.
  • Last Modified Date: 23 July 2019
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Computer analysts are responsible for determining the requirements of a company's computer hardware and software and performing tests to analyze system performance. They might also perform various other tasks in areas including programming, networking and quality assurance testing. Computer analysts work in a variety of businesses and may be able to work from home in some organizations. To become a computer analyst, you'll usually need a bachelor's degree in a field related to computing, experience working with computer systems and both technical and problem-solving skills.

A degree is not always mandatory, but many employers want you to have at least a bachelor's degree to become a computer analyst. Common degrees focus on engineering, computer science, mathematics and information technology, although some employers prefer a degree with a mix of business and computer courses. If you have a degree in an unrelated field, you could earn a master's degree in management information systems, information technology or business administration with a concentration in technology. Some employers will accept an unrelated degree as long as you can show that you have the skills needed to become a computer analyst.

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There are a variety of paths you can take to become a computer analyst. If you have previous experience working in a computer support role, you might find an opportunity in your current organization. Those without any job experience should consider an internship during or after college or find an entry-level role in a company that might need a computer analyst in the future. After you get the lower-level job, you can eventually earn a management role or a position as the lead computer analyst. With years of experience, you could also decide to become a consultant who offers services to multiple companies or start your own business.

Additional skills needed for this role include being a team player, having effective communication skills and having an eye for detail. You'll be working with others who might not have the same technology skills, so you will need to be able to explain yourself clearly to others. You'll also need to be able to think analytically and logically, because you'll be responsible for finding the best technology solution for the company. You might need to gain some business knowledge related to the type of company at which you plan to work. This is especially important if you plan to work in a healthcare or bank setting.

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