Systems analyst

What they do

ICT Systems Analysts work with users to formulate system requirements, develop system plans and documentation, review and evaluate existing systems, and design and modify systems to meet users' business needs.

The role of system analysts and designers is critical in contemporary system development. The systems analyst is a key partner with project managers and system developers. They define software requirements and specifications and guide program design and development.

A systems analyst may supervise a software development or maintenance team of analyst / programmers and programmers. They may also assist the sales force with
pre-sales activity such as proposal preparation, systems demonstrations and presentations, particularly in relation to larger and more important clients.

Working conditions

ITC Systems Analysts work in offices or laboratories in comfortable surroundings. They usually work about 40 hours a week-about the same as many other professional or office workers. Evening or weekend work may be necessary, however, to meet deadlines or solve specific problems.

Like other workers who spend long periods typing on a computer, software quality assurance engineers and testers are susceptible to eyestrain, back discomfort, and hand and wrist problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome or cumulative trauma disorder.

Tools and technologies

Tools and technologies used by ICT Systems Analysts may include:

  • Desktop computers; mainframe computers; notebook computers; personal digital assistant (PDAs) or organizers
  • Configuration management software
  • Data base management system software
  • Development environment software
  • Object or component oriented development software
  • Program testing software
  • Web platform development software

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a systems analyst you usually need to study a degree in information technology or computer science, or a degree in commerce with a major in business information systems or business information technology.

It is possible to work as a systems analyst without a formal qualification. You will generally require at least five years of relevant work experience in a related field and/or relevant vendor certification that may substitute for a formal qualification.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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