Name: Matt Reed
Date: Around 1999
I'm interested in becoming a computer system analyst. Could you
please e-mail me back and tell what this job is and all the
connections are like what he does,what kind of money,education,and
future outlook and what school I would mostly be able to go to.
Please e-mail me back and I will be very happy with your return.
Matt, great Question!!
I could tell you first hand that a Computer Analysts is a very broad
term. There are many fields of CA you can go into. There are many jobs
an Analysts does, from running multi platform servers to making sure
your clients computers are running properly. The best option to explore
is to get a general flavor of the computer industry. Try to get
involved on many computer projects whether it is from installing a new
hard drive to installing a new network. This day and age is driven on
information and the business world depends on computer analysis's to
supply this information and they are willing to shell out the major coin
for this information. As for school, there are two routes you can take,
the Large University or Small College. Personally I came from a small
college and I feel that I accomplished more than my large university
counterparts. This is due to the personal skills that I developed in
the small school setting. Corporations are looking for the technical
information but they also want a person that they can call on to convey
information to the common person and that is where the personal skills
come in hand.
As for school curriculum, make sure the school, offers the basics first.
Like C++ programming, Visual Basic programming, along with an operating
systems class. OPSYS will help you understand all the processes that
take place when you flip on the power switch of your computer and
beyond. Knowing this information out of college will help your
marketability when it come to land the job you want. Not what you have
to settle for. As for the money aspect, most computer or Annalists,
make 40,000 - 55,000 out of college with 2 years of
experience(internship).As the experience grows so does the dollars.
Another added benefit to making your self marketable, are Vendor
Certifications. You might have heard of them, Microsoft and Cisco are
the big names in the market. Microsoft and Cisco, both offer test that
you can take on a specific subject, such as networks, upon successful
completion of the test you become certified in that field. When it all
comes down to is, if you are certified this proves that you know what
you are doing and you have the backing of a big name like Microsoft to
prove it. Hence you are worth more to a company, and they will reward
you with a higher salary.
I hope this helped your quest,
Joe Noga MCP
Network Support Argonne National Laboratory
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