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Computer/IT analyst
Rank: 7 of 50
Top job in field: Network Operations Director
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GRADES: Stress: C   /   Flexibility: C   /   Creativity: D   /   Difficulty: B

Average pay: $83,427
  Salary Total compensation
(includes bonus)
75% in this career make more than: $67,919 $70,629
50% in this career make more than: $77,084 $80,713
25% in this career make more than: $88,105 $93,608
Top potential compensation (5% make more):   $252,106

10-year job growth: 36.10%
Total jobs 2004: 1,380,873
Forecast 2014: 1,879,407
Average annual growth (including new jobs and net replacement): 67,340

Career description
Analysts - Analyze science, engineering, business, and all other data processing problems for application to electronic data processing systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software. May supervise computer programmers. Managers - Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming. Administrators - Coordinate changes to computer databases, test and implement the database applying knowledge of database management systems. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases. Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet system or a segment of a network system. Maintain network hardware and software. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May supervise other network support and client server specialists and plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures.

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