Systems analyst

Plan, implement, modify or coordinate data and information systems, to meet business needs.

Analyse systems and processes including electronic data processing, systems analysis, information systems and computer programming to meet user requirements. Systems Analysts often act as a central resource, providing guidance and assistance.

Duties and tasks

  • Assigns and reviews the work of an organisations computer-related workers
  • Develops user and training procedures and conducts formal trainings
  • Manages backup and security system for users computer programming system
  • Prepares operational reports, including maintenance, upgrades and recommendations
  • Recommends improvements regarding technology use, hardware and software upgrades
  • Reviews and approves all programs prior to implementation
  • Works with a business to assess computing needs and system requires

Skills required

  • A bachelor or masters degree with technology as a core component
  • A keen understanding of people and management processes
  • Able to make important business decisions
  • Advanced technical knowledge
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills

Working conditions

Systems Analysts spend most of their time in an office and work at least 40 hours a week. There may be a need to work some evenings and weekends due to deadlines or unexpected problems.

Professional associations

Australian Computer Society

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