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How to Become a Systems Analyst

Our engineering teachers used to tell us back at the H-building: “Engineers are problem solvers”. And since we here in BSIT strive to become Software Engineers someday, we should live up to the name “Engineer”, which means, we should be problem solvers. And since Mechanical Engineers solve mechanical problems, and Electrical engineers do the same with electricity, then the analogy is clear; Software Engineers use software to solve problems, or create software out of problems. Well, that’s not all there is in the world of IT. We are also known by our other designation (at least some of us are); Systems Analyst. Well, in parallel to software engineering, solving problems require analysis. And to analyze means to break down. This means Systems analysts have to be critical thinkers and have good deductive reasoning skills to be effective. They are the type of people who can see a problem and then solve it from different perspectives and of course, come up with an optimal solution. As for systems analysts, that “solution” comes in the form of a system. Systems analysts break down a problem, use their power of deductive reasoning, and synthesize or put together systems.

Systems analysts should also have good communication skills, as liaisons officers between the vendors and IT experts. They have to know how to squeeze out the problem from the vendors and then identify the prime solution to that. This is where it all begins. Because if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, you’ll never find it, right? Just like solving a math or physics problem without a certain important variable, now that’s a problem. So it’s the systems analyst’s job to look for those “variables” in order to know how to solve the problem. Systems Analysts are also leaders. They may be responsible for developing cost analysis, design considerations, and implementation time-lines. They have to have a reasonable knowledge in programming and advanced computer science skills to do so.

The systems analyst is like a detective. I remember the time when our teacher used to teach us about stuff like modus ponens and other logic concepts. It’s like being Sherlock Holmes, where the case is a system problem of a particular company or a process, such as elections. It’s a pretty cool profession, but it takes superb dedication and passion to your field of study. It takes hard work and dedication to studying towards being a good systems analyst. But it’s definitely rewarding to be one.

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