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Systems Analyst

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Systems Analyst helps businesses and organizations to plan and build computer systems. Reviews the information processing needs of the organization, plans and sets up computer networks and software, and tests systems for accuracy, efficiency and ease of use.

Job Outlook

There were 2055 Systems Analyst job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 58354 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Systems Analyst industry, which includes the Systems Analyst career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:


Many new Systems Analyst jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.


The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $87,871.


The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $85,986.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Systems Analyst postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $73,762.

Education and Experience

Posted Systems Analyst jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree8.94%
Bachelor's Degree67.31%
Master's Degree12.13%
Doctoral Degree2.31%

Posted Systems Analyst jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years23.76%
3 to 5 years51.3%
6 to 8 years16.38%
9+ years8.56%


Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Systems Analyst positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (44.97%)
  • Management (35.73%)
  • Problem Solving (28.99%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (28.37%)
  • Operations (26.14%)
  • Information Technology (21.59%)
  • Writing (19.55%)
  • Planning (19.04%)
  • Research (18.8%)
  • Leadership (18.21%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Business Systems Analysis (33.23%)
  • Business Requirements (24.73%)
  • Computer Science (31.35%)
  • Systems Analysis (45.96%)
  • Project Management (27.59%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (24.52%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • User Acceptance Testing (UAT) (7.82%)
  • Agile Methodology (18.07%)
  • Customer Relationship Management (3.83%)
  • Workflow Management (20.58%)
  • Technical Support (13.01%)
  • Auditing (9.01%)
  • Microsoft Azure (4.13%)
  • JIRA (8.41%)
  • Software Development (7.6%)
  • Automation (11.72%)
  • Data Analysis (16.27%)
  • Business Analysis (9.58%)
  • Business Systems (12.76%)
  • Information Systems (18.91%)
  • Business Process (25.11%)
  • Change Management (8.01%)
  • Operating Systems (8.8%)
  • Software Development Life Cycle (6.24%)
  • Scrum (Software Development) (8.81%)
  • Functional Requirement (8.71%)
  • Finance (9.37%)
  • Microsoft SharePoint (5.38%)
  • Test Planning (10.42%)
  • Power BI (5.42%)
  • User Story (8.31%)
  • Microsoft Visio (7.47%)
  • Process Improvement (11.61%)
  • Systems Development Life Cycle (9.37%)
  • Scripting (6.56%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • System Requirements (5.87%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Systems Analyst skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Business Systems Analyst
  • IT Systems Analyst
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • IT Business Systems Analyst
  • Applications Systems Analyst
  • Information Systems Analyst
  • Systems Support Analyst
  • Clinical Systems Analyst
  • Infrastructure Technician

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Systems Analyst jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • CTG (802)
  • Randstad (708)
  • Elevance Health (593)
  • Marriott International (547)
  • Robert Half (545)
  • Amentum (461)
  • LRS Healthcare (445)
  • Kforce (441)
  • Beacon Hill Staffing Group (370)
  • Leidos (319)

North Carolina

  • Randstad (62)
  • First Citizens Bank (58)
  • Duke University (46)
  • Fidelity Investments (43)
  • State of North Carolina (42)
  • CTG (28)
  • TIAA (27)
  • ManpowerGroup (27)
  • University of North Carolina (24)
  • WakeMed (24)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!