e-Portfolio Final Career Project by Brandon millerCareer 1: Systems AnalystWhat is this job like?Systems analysts figure out how to use computers to get things done. They tell businesses and otherorganizations which computers and software to buy, and they decide how to get those tools to worktogether.Computer systems analysts start their work by asking people what they need their computers to do.Then, they plan a computer system that can do those tasks well. A system can include many computersworking together and different types of software and other tools.• How do you get ready?Many computer systems analysts have a college degree in computer science, information science, ormanagement information systems. Some analysts get college degrees in other subjects. Then, they takecomputer classes and get computer experience.• How much does this job pay?In May 2008, average yearly wages for computer systems analysts were $78,830.• How many jobs are there?In 2008, there were 532,000 computer systems analysts. Many worked for computer consultingcompanies. Others were self-employed. They often moved from place to place working on differentprojects.Analysts also worked for governments, universities, Internet companies, and financial institutions.• What about the future?The number of computer systems analysts is expected to grow much faster than average through theyear 2018.
People with proper training should have good job prospects. Those who have college degrees inbusiness and courses related to computers also should be able to find jobs in this field.• Are there other jobs like this?Computer and information systems managersComputer programmersComputer software engineers• Where can you find more information?More BLS information about computer systems analysts, database administrators, and computerscientists can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.Career 2:Database AdministratorWhat is this job like?The Internet and electronic commerce (e-commerce) generate lots of data. Computer databases thatstore information are found in nearly every industry. Data must be stored, organized, and managed.Database administrators work with database software to find ways to do this. They identify user needs,set up computer databases, and test systems. They ensure that systems perform as they should and addpeople to the system as needed. Database administrators often plan security measures. Data integrity,backup, and security are critical parts of the job.• How do you get ready?Database administrators must be able to think logically. Being able to concentrate and pay closeattention to detail is important. These computer specialists sometimes work on their own, but theyoften work in teams. They must be able to communicate with computer personnel, such asprogrammers and managers. They must also communicate with other staff who may have no computertraining.
• How much does this job pay?In May 2008, average yearly wages of database administrators were $72,900. Database administratorswho worked at companies that designed computer systems earned an average of $81,050 in May 2008.• How many jobs are there?There were about 120,400 database administrators in 2008.Database administrators work in every sector of the economy. The largest number work in the computersystems design and related services industry. Many work for Internet service providers, Web searchportals, and data-processing, hosting, and related services firms.• What about the future?The number of database administrators is expected to grow much faster than the average for alloccupations through 2018. This is because the Internet and e-commerce will continue to expand,resulting in a continuing need to build and maintain databases. Also, the increasing importance beingplaced on "cyber security"—the protection of electronic information—will require workers skilled ininformation security.• Are there other jobs like this?Computer and information systems managersComputer hardware engineersComputer programmersComputer software engineersStatisticians• Where can you find more information?
More BLS information about computer systems analysts, database administrators, and computerscientists can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Handbook also shows where to findout even more about this job. They can be compared and contrasted because a systems analyst is responsible for researching,planning and recommending software and system choices to meet an organizations businessrequirements.Systems analysts may act as a liaison between vendors and the organization they represent. They maybe responsible for developing cost analyses, design considerations, and implementation time-lines. Theymay also be responsible for feasibility studies of a computer system before making recommendations tosenior management.The duties of a system administrator are wide-ranging, and vary widely from one organization toanother. they are usually charged with installing, supporting, and maintaining servers or other computersystems, and planning for and responding to service outages and other problems. Other duties mayinclude scripting or light programming, project management for systems-related projects, supervising ortraining computer operators, and being the consultant for computer problems beyond the knowledge oftechnical support staff. A System Administrator must demonstrate a blend of technical skills andresponsibility.