Systems analysts test and suggest improvements to IT systems.

What does a systems analyst do?

Systems analysts are employed by a range of companies to analyse their IT systems and suggest improvements. You need to be good at problem solving and highly IT literate. You will be working with IT and computing processes and will usually be expected to know coding languages. 

What do I need to do to become a systems analyst?

To work as a systems analyst, you normally need a degree and industry experience. If you have a degree in a non-IT related subject, you could do a postgraduate conversion course.

To get on a degree you'll need five GCSEs grade C or above including maths, English and a science subject. Relevant A levels would include maths, physics and computing.

A level 3 vocational qualification in computer science would be most relevant. Entry may be possible without five GCSEs at grade C, if you have a relevant level 2 qualification, e.g BTEC level 2 computer science. 

Related skills

  • Teamwork
  • Technical ability
  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Business management
  • Analytics
  • IT
  • Interpersonal skills

Academic route

  • A levels in maths, physics or computing would be useful

Vocational route

  • Level 3 qualification in computer science

Related subjects

  • Computer science
  • Maths

Desirable qualifications

  • Computing degree
  • IT degree

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