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Working As An Accounting Systems Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting Systems Analyst Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become An Accounting Systems Analyst

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Accounting Systems Analyst Career Paths

Accounting Systems Analyst
Business Analyst Consultant Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Vice President
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Manager Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Controller Director Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Controller Operations Manager Program Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Finance Manager
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Manager Finance Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Auditor
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Software Engineer Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Accounting Analyst 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Accounting Systems Analyst
Accountant 15.5%
Controller 6.0%
Analyst 2.5%
Top Careers After Accounting Systems Analyst
Controller 10.2%
Accountant 6.5%
Consultant 5.7%
Manager 4.1%
Bookkeeper 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$59,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Match Group
Highest Paying City
Redmond, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does an Accounting Systems Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Accounting Systems Analyst in the United States is $82,230 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $59,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $113,000.

Real Accounting Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Accounting Systems Analyst American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC New York, NY Jun 27, 2011 $125,000
Systems Analysts – Finance/Accounting HCL America Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 20, 2016 $108,493
Accounting Systems Analyst Word of God Fellowship, Inc. Bedford, TX Dec 15, 2009 $80,000
Computer/Accounting Systems Analyst Cobalt International Energy, L.P. Houston, TX Dec 09, 2009 $78,645
Accounting Systems Analysts Syllatrex International, LLC West Hartford, CT Jan 09, 2016 $78,478 -
$82,710
Accounting Systems Analysts Syllatrex International, Inc. West Hartford, CT Jan 09, 2016 $78,478 -
$82,710
Accounting Systems Analysts Syllatrex International Inc. West Hartford, CT Jan 09, 2016 $78,478 -
$82,710
Accounting Systems Analsysts Syllatrex International, Inc. West Hartford, CT Jan 09, 2016 $78,478 -
$82,710
Computer/Accounting Systems Analyst Cobalt International Energy, L.P. Houston, TX Dec 09, 2009 $78,465
Accounting System Analyst Master System, Inc. Arcadia, CA Jan 04, 2016 $72,000
SAP Accounting and Logistics Software Systems Analyst Denken Solutions Inc. Redmond, WA Sep 05, 2016 $68,871
SAP Accounting and Logistics Software Systems Analyst Denken Solutions Inc. Redmond, WA May 09, 2016 $68,871
SAP Accounting and Logistics Software Systems Analyst Denken Solutions Inc. Irvine, CA Mar 14, 2016 $67,828
Accounting System Analyst Sekisui S-LEC America LLC Winchester, KY Sep 15, 2012 $61,817
Systems Analyst-Accounting Clientis S3G LLC Norcross, GA Sep 17, 2011 $55,000
Systems Analyst-Accounting Clientis S3G LLC Duluth, GA Sep 27, 2011 $55,000
Accounting System Analyst Excel Screen Printing & Embroidery, Inc. Schiller Park, IL Sep 16, 2012 $53,704
Accounting System Analyst Excel Screen Printing & Embroidery, Inc. Schiller Park, IL Oct 23, 2014 $53,704
Analyst, Revenue Accounting Systems Us Airways, Inc. Tempe, AZ Sep 09, 2011 $52,000
Accounting System Analyst G R Courier LLC New York, NY Feb 08, 2010 $50,000
Financial/Accounting System Analyst G R Courier Inc. New York, NY Feb 18, 2010 $50,000
Financial/Accounting System Analyst G R Courier LLC New York, NY Feb 25, 2010 $50,000

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Top Skills for An Accounting Systems Analyst

  1. Financial Statements
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted preparation and distribution of timely and accurate operation/financial statements to management.
  • Reconciled various general ledger accounts.
  • Developed automated database application tools for accountants to process and research data.
  • Executed data testing, analysis & verification for Data Migration & Conversion from the Legacy Systems to Oracle based PeopleSoft.
  • Created and modified complex queries and reports using SQL tools and SQL programming skills.

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Accounting Systems Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

46.0%

Male

43.1%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

55.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Asian

13.1%

Black or African American

11.6%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

28.6%

Spanish

28.6%

Urdu

14.3%

Japanese

14.3%

Chinese

14.3%
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Accounting Systems Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

7.2%

Saint John's University - New York

7.2%

Florida State University

7.2%

California State University - Fullerton

5.8%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

5.8%

Strayer University

5.8%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Iona College

4.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.3%

Webster University

4.3%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

4.3%

New York University

4.3%

University of Northern Colorado

2.9%

Washington State University

2.9%

Christopher Newport University

2.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.9%

Morgan State University

2.9%

Florida Atlantic University

2.9%

Villanova University

2.9%
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Majors

Accounting

33.3%

Business

26.9%

Finance

11.6%

Management

4.0%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Computer Science

3.2%

Information Technology

2.8%

Information Systems

2.0%

Accounting And Computer Science

1.6%

Statistics

1.2%

Management Information Systems

1.2%

Business Economics

1.2%

Real Estate

1.2%

International Business

0.8%

Psychology

0.8%

Project Management

0.8%

Political Science

0.8%

Biology

0.8%

Computer Systems Security

0.8%

Health Care Administration

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.7%

Masters

31.9%

Other

12.7%

Certificate

4.7%

Associate

2.2%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.7%
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