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    Computer systems designers and analysts conduct research, improve or develop computing concepts and operational methods, and advise on or engage in their practical application.

    Tasks include:

    (a) researching into the principles and operational methods of computers and computer-based systems for information communication and processing, planning, design, process control and production; development and maintenance of computer software, as well as data structures and databases, algorithms, artificial intelligence and robotics;

    (b) maintaining data dictionary and management systems of databases to ensure validity and safety of data;

    (c) contributing to and keeping up with technical developments of computers, peripherals, computing methods and software, their potential and limitations;

    (d) analysing computer users' requirements, by consultation, to determine hardware and software configurations and development needs and preparing cost-benefit analyses-

    (e) writing programming specifications and preparing technical reports and instruction manuals specifying methods of operation and maintenance of the computer hardware and software configurations:.

    (f) designing, writing, maintaining and updating software which controls the overall functioning of computers and which links hardware and computer applications software

    (g) designing and implementing communication networks between different computer installations

    (h) developing improved methods and instruments, including computer languages, for writing, documenting and maintaining computer software,

    (i) preparing scientific papers and reports;

    (j) performing related tasks;

    (k) supervising other workers.

    Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Analyst, communications/computers

  • Analyst, database/computers

  • Analyst, systems/computers

  • Database administrator

  • Designer, systems/computers

  • Engineer, computer systems

  • Some related occupations classified elsewhere:

  • Engineer, computer applications 2139

  • Technician, computer: 3121

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 Updated 10 August 2004, by VA.