Computer analysts are responsible for analyzing large amounts of information to provide their company with the information necessary to make decisions. These individuals process data using advanced computer systems and applications, and they must be proficient with running different scripts and automating workflows to find specific information. Generally, these professionals report their analysis to the information technology manager in their department. They use a personal computer to perform most of their tasks, including finding patterns and conducting data analysis. Computer analysts also analyze other departments' project requirements, as well as develop statistical and mathematical solutions to engineering and business problems.
Computer analysts define applications' scope and objectives depending on project requirements. They locate technical barriers and develop innovative solutions to minimize their impact, as well as complete complex reports based on their observations and results so that managers can use them to make decisions. One of their main tasks includes processing requests for database access. Computer analysts also relay important information to technical staff, take part in training sessions, and identify solutions to hardware and software system design and operational issues. Additionally, they review security settings.
A bachelor's degree in information technology or a related field is required for this job. In addition, previous experience in an analyst capacity is generally required or preferred as well. Computer analysts must work well on their own, work well in a team setting, and have excellent communication skills. Additionally, they need to have advanced knowledge of popular operating systems.
Computer Analyst Tasks
Review, back up, and update systems regularly, documenting changes and system operation.
Compile, analyze, and evaluate data from multiple sources to provide decision-making information.
Coordinate, manage, and lead technical support for new products, software, upgrades, or equipment.
Configure systems for optimal end user support, including disaster recovery and scheduled downtime plans.