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Working As An Analyst Lead

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

  • Repetitive

  • $84,791

    Average Salary

What Does An Analyst Lead 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 Analyst Lead

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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Analyst Lead Career Paths

Analyst Lead
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Chief Technology Officer Enterprise Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Support Lead Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Support Lead Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Program Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Senior GIS Analyst 4.0 years
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Principal Analyst 3.3 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
EDI Analyst 3.1 years
Management Analyst 3.0 years
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 3.0 years
Program Analyst 2.9 years
Project Leader 2.8 years
Design Analyst 2.8 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Automation Analyst 2.7 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
Interface Analyst 2.7 years
Application Lead 2.6 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Product Analyst 2.4 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Data Analyst 2.3 years
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Validation Analyst 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Analyst 9.5%
Consultant 5.8%
Internship 3.6%
Programmer 3.1%
Manager 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.9%
Analyst 5.1%
Manager 4.6%

Analyst Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

59.4%

Female

37.6%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

70.0%

Asian

16.7%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Unknown

2.9%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.3%

French

10.7%

Chinese

8.0%

Arabic

7.1%

Mandarin

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

Hindi

3.6%

Russian

3.6%

Vietnamese

2.7%

Persian

2.7%

Korean

1.8%

Uzbek

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Portuguese

1.8%

Swedish

0.9%

Telugu

0.9%

Turkish

0.9%

Marathi

0.9%

Bulgarian

0.9%
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Analyst Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.1%

George Mason University

7.2%

DePaul University

5.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

Temple University

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.6%

Villanova University

4.6%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

Drexel University

4.3%

Strayer University

3.9%

Webster University

3.6%

University of Connecticut

3.6%

University of Washington

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

Case Western Reserve University

3.3%

Kennesaw State University

3.3%

American University

3.3%

University of Southern California

3.3%
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Majors

Business

26.4%

Computer Science

10.5%

Finance

9.6%

Accounting

6.1%

Computer Information Systems

5.3%

Management

4.8%

Information Technology

4.5%

Computer Engineering

3.5%

Computer Applications

3.3%

Management Information Systems

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Project Management

2.9%

Economics

2.7%

Information Systems

2.7%

Psychology

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Communication

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Political Science

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.1%

Masters

31.3%

Other

13.6%

Associate

5.8%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.1%
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Real Analyst Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Modeling Analyst Marketing Evolution, Inc. New York, NY Aug 20, 2016 $260,875
Lead Modeling Analyst Marketing Evolution, Inc. New York, NY Aug 26, 2016 $260,875
Lead Analyst Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 10, 2015 $153,000
Lead Analyst Persistent Systems Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 12, 2015 $152,776
Lead Analyst Jade Global Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 12, 2015 $152,776
Lead Analyst Infospan, Inc. Falls Church, VA Nov 25, 2015 $150,779
BSM Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A New York, NY Feb 17, 2015 $150,654
Strategy Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A New York, NY Sep 06, 2016 $150,000
BSM Lead Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $148,000
Lead Analyst Whirlpool Corporation Saint Joseph, MI May 31, 2016 $144,000
Lead Hrts Analyst Metasys Technologies, Inc. Duluth, GA Jun 13, 2016 $140,000
M&A Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $138,000
Lead Analyst Jade Global Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 23, 2015 $134,534
Lead Analyst NYSE Market (de), Inc. New York, NY Nov 08, 2016 $132,000 -
$135,000
IS Peoplesoft Lead Analyst Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Aug 31, 2015 $100,256
Lead Analyst-Sam's Club Portfolio Risk Synchrony Financial Bentonville, AR Aug 05, 2015 $100,000
Lead Analyst Ameex Technologies Corporation Schaumburg, IL Oct 14, 2015 $100,000 -
$120,000
Lead Analyst Prosoft Technology Group Inc. Downers Grove, IL Dec 17, 2015 $100,000 -
$120,000
Lead Modeling Analyst GE Capital Corporation Chicago, IL Feb 09, 2015 $100,000
Lead Analyst-Counterparty Risk Oversight Synchrony Bank Stamford, CT Apr 08, 2016 $100,000
Lead Analyst Crisil Irevna Us LLC New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $100,000 -
$140,000
Lead Knowledge Analyst The Boston Consulting Group Boston, MA Mar 14, 2016 $78,000 -
$105,000
Lead Analyst Core Education & Technologies Ltd Duluth, GA Jan 07, 2016 $77,563
Lead Analyst Core Education and Consulting Solutions Inc. Duluth, GA Jan 07, 2016 $77,563
Lead Analyst Kforce Inc. Tampa, FL Nov 14, 2016 $77,219 -
$125,220
Lead Analyst Kforce Inc. Austin, TX Dec 05, 2016 $77,219 -
$187,830
Lead Analyst Kforce Inc. Tampa, FL Apr 05, 2016 $77,219 -
$125,220
Lead Analyst Kforce Inc. Tampa, FL Oct 19, 2015 $77,219 -
$125,220

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Top Skills for An Analyst Lead

ProceduresDataWarehouseFinancialPl/SqlStatusReportsBusinessRequirementsComplianceWebWindowsBusinessProcessTestCasesQAProjectManagementUATTestPlansInfrastructureUnixMainframeERPSQLServer

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Top Analyst Lead Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Data Warehouse
  3. Financial
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Trained other support personnel on specific account processes and procedures as needed, creating unparalleled coverage.
  • Developed a proposed personnel data warehouse design.
  • Provided financial and operational analysis of IT projects.
  • Worked extensively with hierarchical and relational databases using PL/SQL.
  • Created necessary status reports and Monthly performance status tracking matrices.

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