Analytical skills can be tested by through standardized tests, where a portion may require the subject to take apart a problem logically to find a solution. The ability to identify inconsistencies or to put events in logical order is related to the ability to think analytically. Network and systems engineers like Jeffrey Pell commonly must be able to rely upon systems thinking, organizational knowledge, problem identification ability and problem analysis and solutions. The ability to think analytically is vital to most workers in the workplace, as one must be able to gather information, articulate it to others, visualize solutions to problems presented and execute them. The ability to retrieve accurate answers is a source of trustworthiness and respect between colleagues and from employee to employer, and affects one’s position in the company.
Information technology specialist Jeffrey Pell feels that much of his success in the computing industry can be attributed to his analytical mind, which is able to break down complex bits of information in an orderly fashion to arrive at a solution. The ability to discern cause and effect through logical thinking plays a vital role in analytical thinking. Analytical thinking relies upon facts as evidential to support the conclusions arrived at, while critical thinking uses opinions as well as facts to form a belief or a point of view as right or wrong. Critical thinking rarely yields definite solutions, while the logic used in analysis is more focused and direct. Pell analyzes the components of a problem step by step.