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Working As An Applications Programmer Senior Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $103,354

    Average Salary

What Does An Applications Programmer Senior 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 Applications Programmer Senior 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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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Systems Analyst 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Applications Programmer Senior Analyst
Programmer 7.3%
Consultant 4.6%
Top Careers After Applications Programmer Senior Analyst
Consultant 9.9%

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Applications Programmer Senior Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

69.5%

Female

28.1%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Asian

13.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

10.2%

Unknown

6.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Russian

33.3%

Japanese

33.3%

Spanish

33.3%

Applications Programmer Senior Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.3%

Pennsylvania State University

7.7%

University of South Florida

5.1%

San Jose State University

5.1%

University of Washington

5.1%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

5.1%

Widener University

5.1%

University of Central Oklahoma

5.1%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.1%

Johns Hopkins University

5.1%

Orange Coast College

5.1%

Bristol Community College

5.1%

George Washington University

5.1%

University of Cincinnati

5.1%

University of Oregon

5.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.1%

Syracuse University

2.6%

University of Connecticut

2.6%

Marshall University

2.6%

Davidson County Community College

2.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.0%

Information Technology

10.0%

Computer Information Systems

10.0%

Business

9.3%

Computer Programming

5.3%

Management Information Systems

4.0%

Information Systems

4.0%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Accounting

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Project Management

2.0%

Mathematics

2.0%

Finance

2.0%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Physics

2.0%

Data Processing

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.7%

Masters

21.2%

Other

14.7%

Associate

10.9%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

2.7%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Real Applications Programmer Senior Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A. Warren, NJ Feb 12, 2015 $160,000
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Jul 06, 2015 $135,000
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A Jersey City, NJ Aug 24, 2016 $130,666
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A New York, NY Jul 26, 2016 $130,666
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A. Jersey City, NJ Dec 28, 2015 $130,000
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A Jersey City, NJ Apr 25, 2016 $130,000
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Jun 27, 2015 $130,000
Front-End Applications Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Princeton Information, Ltd. Irving, TX Dec 09, 2016 $130,000
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Operations and Technology, LLC Houston, TX Jan 08, 2016 $127,700
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Houston, TX Jan 08, 2016 $127,700
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citigroup Technology, Inc. Warren, NJ Jun 10, 2016 $127,000
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citigroup Technology, Inc. Warren, NJ Apr 12, 2015 $127,000
Applications Development SR. Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A Jersey City, NJ Sep 18, 2015 $126,422
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A. Jersey City, NJ Mar 23, 2015 $112,000
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citigroup Technology, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Mar 23, 2015 $112,000
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citigroup Technology, Inc. Baltimore, MD Oct 29, 2015 $111,987
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Aug 31, 2015 $111,200
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citigroup Technology, Inc. Warren, NJ May 27, 2015 $111,000
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A. New Castle, DE Aug 21, 2015 $110,448
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A Irving, TX Jun 01, 2016 $110,406
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A. New York, NY May 08, 2016 $104,600
Programmer/Applications Analyst Senior Brigham and Womens Hospital Boston, MA Mar 12, 2015 $104,416
Application Programmer/Analyst Senior University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Aug 09, 2016 $103,678
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citigroup Technology, Inc. Warren, NJ Nov 02, 2016 $103,109
Senior Application Programmer Analyst Ariba, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Mar 06, 2015 $103,000
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citigroup Technology, Inc. Islandia, NY Jan 19, 2015 $103,000
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A. Tampa, FL Dec 21, 2015 $103,000
Applications Development Senior Programmer Analyst Citibank, N.A. New York, NY May 18, 2015 $102,900

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Top Skills for An Applications Programmer Senior Analyst

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database
  3. Web
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  • Tuned the application database for performance efficiency by modifying the design, code and tuning the SQL, PL/SQL code.
  • Maintained computer software systems-- primarily conception, actualization, and implementation of several Microsoft Access databases.
  • Designed web-based products for program eligibility calculation and dissemination.
  • Hired as a Software Programmer to introduce software solutions using micro-computers that replace labor intensive and expensive mainframe CICS solutions.
  • Coded several New CICS programs to retrieve and parse credit reports from multiple credit bureaus.

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