Systems analyst apprenticeships - where to start
You could get this job through:a university coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this role
You could do a degree in a relevant subject like:
Some universities offer an Information Technology Management for Business degree in partnership with Tech Partnership Degrees.
If you have a non-IT degree, you could complete a postgraduate conversion course which focuses on business skills as well as technical ability.
- computer science
- information management systems
- business information systems
- operational research
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. You'll need a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course.
You could do an information systems business analyst higher apprenticeship, or a digital and technology solutions degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A-Levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
You may be able to take a job in IT or business and build up your experience and qualifications while working. You could do this through online training or by attending short, intensive courses with IT training organisations.
You'll need a good level of computer and business skills.
Professional and industry bodies
You may find it helpful to get certification of your skills and expertise once you're working.
Systems analyst apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- analytical thinking skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- excellent verbal communication skills
- business management skills
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
Systems analyst apprenticeships - what you'll do
In your day-to-day work, you may:
- define the business needs of your employer or client
- draw up plans to improve or replace an IT system
- calculate the costs and time needed to make your plans work
- work closely with programmers and software developers to build systems
- oversee testing to find problems before the system goes live
- train staff
write instruction manuals for new or upgraded systems
You could work in an office, at a client's business or from home.
Career path and progression - Systems analyst apprenticeships
With experience, you could be promoted to senior analyst. You might also move into project management or strategic business planning.
You could become a specialist analyst in a particular field like finance or retail.
You could set up your own business and work on a contract or consultancy basis.