Systems analyst

Computing and ICT
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What's it like?

You would be employed by a company to examine their IT systems and processes, and recommend improvements.

Your work could range from integrating the phones and computers in a call centre, to making a bank’s databases safer.

You would:

  • Work out the client’s needs
  • Draw up plans for a better IT system
  • Carry out feasibility studies of proposals and make recomendations
  • Work closely with programmers to build the system
  • Oversee installation and testing
  • Correct problems before the final version is released
  • Offer staff training and instruction manuals for the new system

An important part of your job would be to make sure that your designs can adapt as the organisation or business grows.

You would use various computer assisted software engineering (CASE) tools and programming methods in your job.

Working conditions

Hours

You would normally work 37 to 40 hours a week. You may have to work overtime, including weekends, in order to meet deadlines or solve technical problems.

Environment

You would be office-based, working either at your employer's premises or at your client's site.

Travel

You would have to visit each client's premises. Some jobs may require stays away from home.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

People behind the job

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Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Explaining things
  • Working as part of a team
  • Persuading people
  • Presenting to people
  • Using computers
  • Finding solutions to problems
  • Researching and investigating
  • Planning and organising

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

Interested? Find out what's on offer at your school on Apprenticeships.scot.

Qualifications

Most entrants are graduates (SCQF level 9/10) with technical skills, although you may get in with a Higher National Diploma (HND) (SCQF level 8) and suitable experience.

To enter relevant courses such as computer science, information management systems, business information systems or maths at Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) level, you would need National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers (SCQF level 6).

To enter a degree course (SCQF level 9/10) requires national 5 qualifications and at least four Higher subjects including maths.

Applicants with degrees in other fields would be able to take a postgraduate 'conversion' course which could then lead to a Diploma or a MSc in a relevant subject.

You may start as a programmer and, after two to three years' experience, move into systems analysis.

Useful subjects

  • English (required by most courses)
  • Maths (required by most courses)
  • Physics (required by most courses)
  • Technologies subjects such as computing science (required by most courses)
  • Business subjects

Helpful to have

 Work-based qualifications such as Scottish Vocational Qualification in ICT (SVQ level 2/3/4).