What does a Systems Analyst do?

A systems analyst is responsible for researching, planning, coordinating and recommending software and system choices to meet an organization’s business requirements. The systems analyst plays a vital role in the systems development process. A successful systems analyst must acquire four skills: analytical, technical, managerial, and interpersonal. Analytical skills enable systems analysts to understand the organization and its functions, which helps him/her to identify opportunities and to analyze and solve problems. Technical skills help systems analysts understand the potential and the limitations of information technology. The systems analyst must be able to work with various programming languages, operating systems, and computer hardware platforms. Management skills help systems analysts manage projects, resources, risk, and change. Interpersonal skills help systems analysts work with end users as well as with analysts, programmers, and other systems professionals.

Because they must write user requests into technical specifications, the systems analysts are the liaisons between vendors and the IT professionals of the organization they represent. They may be responsible for developing cost analysis, design considerations, and implementation time-lines. They may also be responsible for feasibility studies of a computer system before making recommendations to senior management.

A systems analyst performs the following tasks:

  • Interact with the customers to know their requirements
  • Interact with designers to convey the possible interface of the software
  • Interact/guide the coders/developers to keep track of system development
  • Perform system testing with sample/live data with the help of testers
  • Implement the new system
  • Prepare High quality Documentation

Many systems analysts have morphed into business analysts. And, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that “Increasingly, employers are seeking individuals who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems.”

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39 Responses to “What does a Systems Analyst do?”

  1. buyer Says:



  2. connie Says:

    The study has helped me a lot since i didn’t know what to pursue between a masters in either system analysis or system security. with a bit of knowledge added to my natural system. now i can decide on what to do.That is after a few things are clarified
    My questions are;
    1. Can one become a system analyst with a little bit of programming knowledge or none?
    2. Is a system analyst supposed to be a system developer or can only help the system developers?


  3. Sethumadhavan Says:

    as per as above,an SA must know too many things. A s/w developer also must need to know the pgming langs very well and must have idea abt pgming. so SA is above and far from a pgmr… 🙂


  4. Manish Says:

    I have done B.Tech. in CS and then done MBA in Marketing. I am interested in System Analyst job. Is it my right decision?

    Thanks in advance.


  5. macarthy Says:

    thank you so much for this opportunity. please i’d like to know what does it entail for one to be a very good system analyst, or how can one become a system analyst. what are the criteria?


  6. Ken Says:

    This is a somewhat narrow definition of the work of a systems analysts; I would say what you have described above refers to the work of an ICT systems analyst. But systems analysis, in general, does not necessarily involve ICT.


  7. Wills Says:

    I think if you asked 10 different systems analysts about what their “role”is, you would get 10 unique answers. Interacting with vendors and customers would be the over arching, lionshare responsibility. Systems analysts don’t have to be IT experts. They do need to be very social.


  8. colben farouk Says:

    am student of software engineering pursuing a bachelors i know like languages in programming aren’t they good for me to be an analyst at any company


  9. HorseMask Says:

    As a recent IT grad, I’ve learned you really have to pay your dues as an intern. Get a job over the summer or during school just for the experience to find out what it’s really like out there. Forget about pay until you have seen some real world problems.


  10. Bongekile khumalo Says:

    m a software engineering student finishing my diplomacy this year and m doing my degree next year. I would like to be system analyst, how much experience do I need to have for me to become one ? Plz help…


  11. FDM Group Says:

    Good breakdown of the System Analyst Job role.

    For those of you commenting about launching a career as a system analyst i recommend you look into FDM Group’s Application support graduate programme.


  12. meng kang xue Says:

    i reallly love system analyst very mad


  13. Eli Pennywell Says:

    I guess 1984 was the first year the term “minivan” was used. Even though there were earlier cars that fulilled the same function, they were called “microbusses” or “carryalls” or “station wagons”


  14. Thomasina Scordo Says:

    oo often, managers do all the talking in a feedback situation, something I like to call the dreaded Manager’s Monologue – and that is guaranteed to cause trouble. It is vital to engage the employee in open dialogue; to seek to understand their thought processes and reasons. If you don’t listen to them, you may not get a clear understanding as to why the employee is behaving in this manner (do they lack skills, knowledge, etc). You will also increase the likelihood that they will not listen to you.,

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  15. Saga Says:

    Yes, that is an “what to do” list for an system analyst :-). Thanks for info.


  16. Marcus Says:

    lol ok


  17. olivia Says:

    this explains very well but we also need java and lastly can`t l be a system analyst in any company with programming and networking?


  18. Egwu, Hyacintha mary Says:

    A system analysts has alot to do in any organization for Example a giving school in Enugu .it is the duty of the system analyst to ask question about their old system of carring out job for modification. After designing a new system then implementation follows by making sure that he teach the works how to use the new system.



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