Employment of computer systems analysts should grow about 9% between 2016 and 2026. You can get a job in this field with a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science. Many organizations also hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have information technology skills.
If you are considering a career as a computer systems analyst, review the Research Occupations tool on the MySECO website. Take self-assessments to make sure your skills and interests align with this career path.
If you’re concerned about the time and money it takes to get your education, think about completing a two-year associate degree in technology that can transfer toward your bachelor’s degree when you’re ready. With an associate degree, you should be able to find employment and start building your computer knowledge and business expertise. Use the Scholarship Finder to see if you can find additional funding to help with your education and check your eligibility for the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship to see if you can apply for additional financial assistance.
As a computer systems analyst, you may be responsible for duties like the following:
- Consulting with management to determine the role of an information technology system with the organization
- Researching emerging technologies and determining if they might increase organizational efficiency
- Preparing a cost and benefit analysis
- Devising ways to add new functionality to current systems
- Designing and developing new systems
- Choosing hardware and software
- Overseeing installation, configuration and customization of systems
- Conducting testing of systems, writing manuals and training users
The median wage for computer systems analysts in 2018 was $88,740. The computer and technology fields are continually evolving. In this field you need to keep pace with technology and increase your business knowledge and technical expertise to improve your marketability as you relocate to new duty assignments.
You may consider focusing your job search on a particular industry, such as finance or manufacturing, to gain business knowledge, or possibly on a specific area of technology to open doors to employment in a variety of industries. Take advantage of learning opportunities available through seminars, training courses and certification programs to continue growing your expertise whenever possible throughout your career.
As you increase your experience and knowledge, you may advance into project management, leading a team of analysts. The median pay for computer project managers is $142,530.
Search for federal job opportunities for computer systems analysts on USAJOBS. You can also check for positions with the partner companies and organizations of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.
Professional organizations and networking
Join a professional organization in your chosen field to gain a better understanding of current industry practices and policies. Professional organizations are great ways to continue your education through workshops and conferences, which will add to your transferable skill set as you move. Network with other professionals in your industry to give you an edge in meeting the right people who may have the connections you need to get an interview at your new location.
Read The Value of Professional Associations for more information on how becoming a member can help enhance your career.
Other ideas for building your network include the following:
- Proactively networking to build contacts and experience in the field
- Asking family, friends, coworkers and others for contacts or introductions in a targeted career field
- Finding a mentor through one of the many resources available to military spouses
Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 and speak with a SECO career coach for help choosing a school, finding scholarship funding, searching for a job or overcoming challenges. Coaches are available to review your resume, practice interviewing, discuss networking or assist you in understanding employer requirements for this field. You can also use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website for additional guidance.