How to become a systems analyst

Plan, implement, and modify IT systems to meet business needs.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in information technology. Advanced degrees may help your application stand out post-graduation.
  2. Seek out internship roles in the IT industry for on-the-job training and the opportunity to network with fellow systems analysts.
  3. Join an industry association and stay up-to-date with the latest news, technologies, and information.

What does a systems analyst do?

Systems analysts review organisations’ IT systems and processes to make sure they are appropriate, efficient, and meet user requirements. It’s a collaborative role, working with the IT team to resolve issues and identify opportunities for improvement.

Duties and tasks

  • Understand businesses' IT processes, procedures, and work practices.
  • Identify inefficiencies and recommend better practices and systems.
  • Develop and deliver training.
  • Prepare operational reports, including maintenance, upgrades and recommendations.
  • Recommend improvements regarding technology use, hardware and software upgrades.
  • Work with the business to assess and plan for future computing needs and system requirements.

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