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Systems analysts design new systems to improve businesses efficiency and productivity. They can either work internally, usually in an IT department of a large company, or externally and on a freelance basis. Only the very best go freelance having accumulated many years of experience in the industry in a host of settings.
System analysts begin by performing extremely extensive and detailed checks at the systems in place and considering weaknesses. They locate areas for improvement and implement changes followed by a testing period.
As they are often called into businesses to advise they must possess excellent communication skills in order to translate often confusing computer jargon to those who are less computer literate.
In their briefings, systems analysts must take into account costs associated and be able to give accurate timings on when work will be completed.
There is a way in which systems analysts must operate. Initially they will attend meetings to receive a brief on what is expected of them, then they analyse current systems, present different options to the client, provide a deadline and budget for the favoured option, draw up a manual for the staff having made changes and, finally, test the system to ensure it is working as required.