These analysts work with existing computer systems. Work in an office or consult for many companies to help improve their computer systems. These professionals have a good understanding of how computers, networks, and programs work, and provide solutions to increase their speed and reliability. If you enjoy working with computers, consider this or any of the other computer science careers.
A Typical Day
- Test, maintain, and monitor computer programs and systems, including coordinating the installation of computer programs and systems.
- Troubleshoot program and system malfunctions to restore normal functioning.
- Expand or modify system to serve new purposes or improve work flow.
- Use the computer in the analysis and solution of business problems, such as development of integrated production and inventory control and cost analysis systems.
Education & Training
Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.
Northwest Lower Michigan
Northwestern Michigan College, Computer Information Technology Courses
Baker College, Computer Science (Concentration in Computer Programming)
Elsewhere in Michigan
Ferris State University, Computer Systems Information Degree
Saginaw Valley State University, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
Explore This Career
Try it before you buy it!
See if your High School offers any introductory classes towards computer science or programming. Khan Academy also has several free courses to expand your understanding of programming.
The Local Advantage Learning Pathway
Northwest Education Service’s Information Technology Program is a great place to start gaining an understanding of computer systems, and potentially some college credit as well!
Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.
Sample Job Titles...
- Applications Analyst
- Business Systems Analyst
- Computer Analyst
- Computer Systems Consultant
- Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst)
10-Year Job Growth Projections
Wage Range & Median 10-County Region
Annual Hires Regionally
Click to explore.