Systems Analysts evaluate processes and methods used in existing ICT systems, propose modifications and additional system components or new systems to meet user needs, as expressed in specifications and other documentation.

    You can work as a Systems Analyst without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

    Tasks

    • Identify, investigate, and analyse business processes, procedures and work practices.
    • Identifies and evaluates inefficiencies and recommends optimal business practices, and system functionality and behaviour.
    • Uses project management methodologies, principles and techniques to develop project plans and to cost, resource and manage projects.
    • Takes responsibility for deploying functional solutions, such as creating, adopting and implementing system test plans, which ensures acceptable quality and integrity of the system.
    • Creates user and trainer documentation, and conducts formal training classes.
    • Develops functional specifications for use by system developers.
    • Uses data and process modelling techniques to create clear system specifications for the design and development of system software.
    • Acts as a central reference and information source, providing guidance and assistance in the system project decision making process.

    More about ICT Business and Systems Analysts

    All ICT Business and Systems Analysts

    • $2,274 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Systems Analysts

    • 8,400 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 26% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Systems Analysts (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 9,700 in 2011 to 8,400 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Systems Analysts work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Financial and Insurance Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 26% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services28.4
    Financial and Insurance Services17.2
    Public Administration and Safety15.7
    Information Media and Telecommunications6.1
    Other Industries32.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateSystems AnalystsAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.931.6
    VIC31.925.6
    QLD13.020.0
    SA6.17.0
    WA6.810.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT7.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketSystems AnalystsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-242.2-9.39.3
    25-3423.1-22.922.9
    35-4434.4-22.022.0
    45-5425.2-21.621.6
    55-598.8-9.09.0
    60-644.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.7-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationSystems AnalystsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate23.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree46.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV5.0-21.121.1
    Year 1211.7-18.118.1
    Year 111.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.5-12.512.5

    You can work as a Systems Analyst without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

    Membership with information technology associations or peak bodies may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • additional IT certifications offered by peak bodies, industry associations and vendors

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for ICT Business and Systems Analysts who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Computers and electronics

      83% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    2. English language

      65% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Mathematics

      63% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Customer and personal service

      58% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. Clerical

      56% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      100% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      94% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Being exact or accurate

      92% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    4. Telephone

      90% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    5. Spend time sitting

      88% Important

      Spend time sitting at work.

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