Software analysts are responsible for all aspects of software development projects. They work with customers to develop an understanding of their needs and the specifications the project will require. After careful planning and research, they work with other software developers to produce code and a system to meet those specifications. They help test the software to ensure it fully meets their customers’ needs. Once the completed project is delivered, software analysts work with the customer to install and learn to effectively use the program. If any issues arise, they are responsible for rewriting code and providing updates to the users. They also work with customers to maintain existing software as needed throughout its lifetime.
Software analysts generally work in an office environment during regular business hours. As they are the primary point of contact between customers and the development firm, they may be required to spend time traveling to customers' locations. Because software analysts help bring a project to completion, their tasks may include resolving conflicts between the client and the development team or between internal development groups. They must have excellent communication and problem-solving skills to help achieve this goal.
Software analysts are generally required to hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, business administration, or a related field. Experience in a related field is often required, as software analysts must be knowledgeable in the industry to effectively understand and communicate client specifications.
Software Analyst Tasks
- Participate in code reviews and provide technical expertise.
- Analyze and modify software systems using a variety of coding languages.
- Implement and test programs for business goals, ensuring fit to user needs.
- Document existing systems, proposed modifications, and software requirements.