How to write a Systems Analyst job description

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What does a Systems Analyst do?

Systems Analysts are information technology (IT) professionals who help with the administration and maintenance of software and other technology systems. Systems Analysts resolve software, hardware, server, and network issues. Using their strong technical knowledge, Systems Analysts oversee the implementation of new software, maintain existing software, and prepare for IT disaster recovery. Systems Analysts are the first line of defense after the Technical Support team when it comes to resolving technical issues in a company.

Systems Analyst job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Systems Analyst job titles

  • Systems Analyst
  • Senior Systems Analyst
  • Health Systems Analyst
  • Systems Analyst (Full-Time)
  • Business Systems Analyst

Systems Analyst job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Systems Analyst job summary

Our medical clinic is searching for a Systems Analyst to join our staff in the physician support department. We're looking for a highly efficient, knowledgeable professional with clinical systems analysis experience and the ability to respond to our on-call needs. We offer a generous benefits package and the opportunity for advancement. The successful candidate will enjoy being part of the team and offering responsive support when needed. Additionally, we need someone who is willing to create redundant backups of all data and who doesn't mind multitasking throughout the day. If you enjoy working with and creating safe, efficiency computer systems, we want to hear from you.

Systems Analyst responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Systems Analyst responsibilities

  • Maintain and troubleshoot our data warehouse
  • Respond to support requests from physicians and other health care providers
  • Research and evaluate emerging technologies, including both hardware and software
  • Discuss users' needs and determine vulnerabilities or areas of poor performance to boost productivity, efficiency and accuracy in our computer systems
  • Prepare cost benefits and analysis reports for computer systems upgrades
  • Communicate your strategic division with the other data management staff members
  • Travel to other clinic locations when necessary to troubleshoot problems or install new hardware and software

Systems Analyst qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Systems Analyst skills

  • 7+ years' experience in systems analysis
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or Engineering
  • Experience with clinical systems required
  • Advanced knowledge of software development life cycle protocols
  • Project management experience preferred

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