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Hi,

I'm not sure if this is the proper place to ask this question but I didn't think it would fit anywhere else.

I have to write a 1500 word essay about what a system analyst does, skills required, education required, responsibilities, and so on.
I'm  wondering if anyone has any information or could direct me to some web sites that would contain this information. I've checked out some sites and textbooks but they have very little or no information regarding this. Both refer to how they analyze and design a system and the methodologies they use.

Any help would be appreciated.

Pyramid  
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by:mayhew
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Let me add a possibly more succinct comment.

An analyst is basically someone who tries to figure out how a system works or is going to work.  This includes:

Determining the business requirements.
-This often involves interviews with non-technical personnel.  Good communication skills are essential!

Produce some kind of flow-chart or ERD (entity relationship diagram).

Determine the data requirements and relationships.

Produce pseudo-code or specs to hand off to a programmer or do the coding yourself.  Requires technical writing skills.

Requires knowledge of the technologies that the client is using or the ability to learn those technologies quickly.

Design screens (or other interfaces), reports, etc. based on user needs.

Often, but not always, you will be involved in testing to make sure the product works properly.

A Bachelor's degree is usually required for an analyst position.

I hope these free-flow thoughts give you an idea of what's going on.  Feel free to e-mail me if you have more questions.

don@mayhewnet.com
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by:Pyramid
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Hi,

Sorry about not getting back to you sooner. I had been gone for a few days. I appreciate the response.

Thanks,

Pyramid
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Time to close this abandoned question.

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by:jagdish_ak
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Hi ,

I am currently preparing for an interview as a business analyst. I would like to know what type of  technical questions I can expect during my interview.
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