Silicon Science- The Job of a System Analyst

Silicon Science:
The Job of a System Analyst

Stodola, Steve
English 10, First Hour
Mrs. Herbach
February 15, 1996

What is it like to be on the forefront of technology? New technology is constantly being designed and developed. The people who are responsible for this new technology in the field of computers are most likely system analysts. This paper will attempt to give the reader some insight into the career of a system analyst.
People who work as system analysts work as teams and are constantly dealing with some form of new computer technology. They may build and design new systems, or they may provide consultation on the purchasing of computer systems for a company, school, or small business as to what type of computer system to purchase. The analysts who build new systems must design the circuit boards, peripherals, and choose how the computer will recognize files. System analysts must also select or design an operating system, which is the way the computer interprets files. During the design of the system, a system analyst must use both math models and other models to solve any problems they may come across (Wisconsin Career Information System 1633.3). Once they are finished, the team must write reports on how to solve any problems the consumer may have with the new system, which, in turn, involves the use of more math models. In order to be capable of completing the above tasks, a system analyst must continue education beyond high school.
The post-secondary education required for a system analyst can be found only at a four- year institution. A student looking to become a system analyst must concentrate on the science and math courses offered by such an institute. Employers look for people who possess a Bachelor of Science degree in one of the following areas: computer engineering, computer information systems, computer science, data processing, information science, and technical engineering (Wisconsin Career Information System 1633.3). These majors all require the student to be able to excel in math because it is an integral part of computer operation. If the student thinks he is done with all of his education once he has graduated, he is in for big shock. In this type of job, continual education is essential. This is imperative because technology is changing faster than most people can keep up with. Many large businesses hold their own training sessions for their employees who use computers, while smaller businesses send their employees to seminars. Employers seek applicants who have specialized training. For example, an accounting firm would seek a system analyst who has a background in accounting, or a firm that produces medicine would look for someone with some medical experience. For this reason, colleges and universities often allow students to design a specific area of study in computer science.
While attending the four-year institution, one must develop specific skills and abilities. One ability that is essential is the ability to solve problems logically and practically. Without this skill, a student would have no future in the computer market because math is based on logic. One must also be able to communicate well with others. A person is constantly working with others and needs to able to convey his message clearly to the team and/or people that he must assist. In this profession, people often work alone, but still need to be an effective team worker. This is a skill that can be developed at all levels. Others may think that being a team worker is a personal characteristic, but for some, it is something they need to work at to achieve.
Personal characteristics are something that a person possesses and are difficult to change. Two personal characteristics that a system analyst should possess are humility and confidence. These two characteristics are closely tied together, yet they contradict each other in some ways. They must be able to admit their mistakes, yet be confident enough to think that they have done a good job. While system analysts usually work forty hours per week, they may be required to work overtime on emergency projects or to meet deadlines. This requires employees to be able to handle stress well, work effectively and efficiently, and be reliable. CEO\'s recognize that these qualities enhance their business and