A day as a systems analyst

You're based at your local NHS hospital, checking and improving shared computer systems all over the hospital. You start work at 9am, assessing how computers are used in the accident and emergency department. You decide a new computer program is needed for staff to get the best use of the IT system, and ask an IT programmer to design a test model. Next, you take a look at the computer database used to store patient records. Staff have had trouble accessing it recently, and you test various logical theories to see what could be the problem. You soon work out some areas of the hospital aren't correctly accessing the network, and order a routine wire repair. You love using your skills to help so many people, and finding logical solutions to problems.

Does this sound like you?

You highly skilled with computers, are very logical and enjoy problem solving. You're good at maths, enjoy analysing data and communicate well with others.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll need a minimum of five 9-4 (A*-C) grade GCSEs (or the equivalent), in order to take A levels, or an equivalent level 3 qualification.Alternatively, there are sometimes informatics apprenticeships in the NHS.

What's next after A level and beyond?

You'll usually need a degree in computer science or relevant subject to work as a systems analyst. Universities have different entry requirements, so check prospectuses well in advance. Alternatively, there are sometimes informatics apprenticeships in the NHS. Job and apprenticeship vacancies in the NHS can be found on the NHS Jobs website www.jobs.nhs.uk. You can also find apprenticeships on the Gov.uk website www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship