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12. Business Systems Analyst

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Median pay: $78,000
Top pay: $111,000
10-year job growth: 20%
Total jobs: 80,000
The job: Like a bridge between two worlds, a business systems analyst works with both the business and technology teams to handle day-to-day business applications. As companies strive to keep up with major advances in technology or less significant software upgrades, you're the go-between when it comes to communicating those changes between departments.

How to switch: Like the job itself, getting into this field requires some expertise in a lot of areas. Employers show a preference for those with a degree in computer science, with good communication skills and experience in business, marketing or accounting. Or better yet, all of the above.

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From the November 2011 issue
Notes: All pay data from Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least two to seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2008-18. Total current employment level is estimated number of people working in each specific job.

Sources:, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and MONEY research
Using Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts for 7,000 titles, MONEY and compensation experts identified jobs requiring a bachelor's degree that have strong growth prospects, and eliminated any with fewer than 10,000 positions nationwide, plus those requiring advanced degrees that take more than three years. More

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