Computer Management Analysis

Earnings Potential

The median annual earnings of those in the computer management analyst field were over $69,000 in 2004.

Facts at a glance

  • Despite fast employment growth, keen competition is expected for jobs; opportunities should be best for those with a graduate degree, specific industry expertise, and a talent for salesmanship and public relations.
  • About 29 percent, more than 3 times the average for all occupations, are self-employed.
  • Most positions in private industry require a master’s degree and additional years of specialized experience; a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for entry-level government jobs.
  • Education requirements range from an associate degree to a doctoral degree.
  • Employment is expected to increase much faster than the average as organizations continue to adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies.

Summary of what this career entails

As business becomes more complex in the 21st century, business owners need management analysts to help the businesses stay competitive. A consultant will find ways via research to improve the businesses structure and in turn its efficiency.  There are many specific fields of management analysts and computer management analysts are one of the growing fields. That makes sense because technology is only growing in contemporary times and businesses need people who know their way around computers. A consultant is usually hired to develop strategies so businesses can be competitive in the electronic marketplace. The job is very important because many times a business owner is set in his ways and does not want to learn the intricacies of technology. That essentially means that the business cannot prosper without a computer management analyst to basically tell the company what to do.

Examples and or details of work

A computer management analyst must know Microsoft Office, because most businesses operate with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Not only does an analyst have to know computers, he/she must be able to present projects in a clear and concise manner. He/she also has to be able to work well in a corporate environment, which can be tricky because many times someone with a job in the field is used to working with computers and not as much working within an office.

Degrees that lead to this career

Degrees that lead to a career in computer management analysts include business administration, accounting, marketing, economics, computer and information sciences, and engineering.

Specific Career openings in this field

Specific career openings in the computer management analysis field include computer software engineer, computer management analyst, computer scientist and database administrators, computer programmers, computer hardware engineers, computer support specialist, statistician, mathematician, network systems and data communication analysts, telecommunications specialist, Webmaster, and web developer.

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Management Analysts, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos019.htm

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Computer Scientists and Database Administrators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos042.htm 

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Computer Software Engineers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos267.htm

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