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Working As An Associate Programmer/Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $67,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Programmer/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 Associate Programmer/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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Associate Programmer/Analyst Career Paths

Associate Programmer/Analyst
Programmer Analyst Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Developer NET Developer Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Team Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Senior Systems Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Senior Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Programmer 4.7 years
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Senior Programmer 3.5 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Associate Programmer/Analyst
Programmer 15.5%
Internship 5.3%
Consultant 3.7%
Trainee 3.7%
Top Careers After Associate Programmer/Analyst
Consultant 6.1%
Programmer 2.7%
Manager 2.2%
Developer 2.0%

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Associate Programmer/Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

61.2%

Female

30.1%

Unknown

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

56.8%

Asian

15.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

33.3%

Carrier

33.3%

Spanish

33.3%

Associate Programmer/Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.2%

Drexel University

7.7%

Capella University

7.7%

Robert Morris University

6.2%

University of Houston

6.2%

University of California - San Diego

4.6%

New York University

4.6%

Florida Atlantic University

4.6%

Troy University

4.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.6%

George Washington University

4.6%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.6%

University of Oklahoma

4.6%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.6%

San Francisco State University

4.6%

Northern Illinois University

4.6%

Bowie State University

3.1%

University of Pennsylvania

3.1%

Augusta Technical College

3.1%

Southwestern College

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

31.5%

Business

12.6%

Computer Information Systems

7.9%

Computer Engineering

7.1%

Information Systems

6.5%

Information Technology

5.6%

Management Information Systems

4.4%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Mathematics

3.5%

Management

2.1%

Project Management

1.8%

Computer Applications

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

Computer Programming

1.8%

Chemistry

1.5%

Finance

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%

Information Sciences

1.2%

Statistics

0.9%

Management Science

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.7%

Masters

25.8%

Other

8.4%

Associate

5.5%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

0.7%
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Best Paying Company
SanDisk
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does an Associate Programmer/Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Associate Programmer/Analyst in the United States is $67,467 per year or $32 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $51,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $88,000.

Real Associate Programmer/Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Associate-Programmer Analyst Valuemomentum, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Jun 27, 2016 $117,000
Associate Officer/Programmer/Analyst Alliancebernstein L.P. New York, NY Nov 30, 2015 $110,000 -
$130,000
Associate Programmer Analyst-Application Development (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Jan 26, 2016 $105,498 -
$110,000
Associate Programmer Analyst-Java, J2Ee (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Dec 16, 2015 $105,498 -
$110,000
Associate, Programmer Analyst KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Jan 16, 2015 $105,000
Associate, Programmer Analyst KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Apr 15, 2015 $105,000
SR. Associate IS Programmer Analyst Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Jul 25, 2016 $87,006
Senior Associate-Programmer Analyst Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Sep 02, 2016 $86,050
Senior Associate-Programmer Analyst Valuemomentum, Inc. Erie, PA Jan 10, 2016 $85,000
Senior Associate-Programmer Analyst Valuemomentum, Inc. Chevy Chase, MD Jan 10, 2016 $85,000
Associate Programmer/Analyst Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Dec 16, 2015 $84,000 -
$104,000
Senior Associate-Programmer Analyst Valuemomentum, Inc. McPherson, KS Nov 25, 2015 $80,000
Associate Programmer Analyst Cyberthink, Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Nov 20, 2015 $80,000
Associate Programmer Analyst Cyberthink, Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Jul 01, 2015 $80,000
SR. Associate-Programmer Analyst Valuemomentum, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Sep 09, 2015 $70,000 -
$75,000
SR. Associate-Programmer Analyst Valuemomentum, Inc. Chevy Chase, MD Sep 09, 2015 $70,000 -
$75,000
SR. Associate-Programmer Analyst Valuemomentum, Inc. Erie, PA Mar 09, 2016 $70,000 -
$75,000
Senior Associate-Programmer Analyst Valuemomentum, Inc. Virginia Beach, VA Sep 18, 2015 $70,000 -
$75,000
Senior Associate-Programmer Analyst Valuemomentum, Inc. Madison, WI Aug 01, 2015 $70,000
SR. Associate-Programmer Analyst Valuemomentum, Inc. Erie, PA Sep 17, 2015 $70,000 -
$75,000
SR. Associate-Programmer Analyst Valuemomentum, Inc. Springfield, MO Sep 10, 2015 $70,000 -
$75,000
Senior Associate-Programmer Analyst Valuemomentum, Inc. Virginia Beach, VA Sep 23, 2016 $70,000 -
$75,000
Associate Programmer Analyst PPD Development, L.P. Morrisville, NC Jul 09, 2016 $60,445 -
$71,400
Associate Professional: Programmer Analyst CSC Covansys Corporation Durham, NC Aug 15, 2016 $60,154
Associate Professional: Programmer Analyst Computer Sciences Corporation Plano, TX Sep 21, 2015 $60,133
Associate Professional: Programmer Analyst CSC Covansys Corporation Coppell, TX Aug 15, 2016 $60,133
Associate Professional: Programmer Analyst CSC Covansys Corporation Pleasanton, CA Aug 15, 2016 $60,029
Associate Programmer Analyst CV Consulting, Inc. West Des Moines, IA Feb 25, 2016 $60,000

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  1. Database
  2. Web Application
  3. Pl/Sql
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  • Administer, configure, and maintain financial generating system databases for optimal business functionality.
  • Produced extensive documentation for both internal and external stakeholders to simplify use of the web application and improve end-user support.
  • Updated several existing eligibility load COBOL programs.
  • Participated in preparing detailed analyses, diagrams, and verification procedures.
  • PRIME is a family of applications, which give a web-based interface to the PRIME mainframe based transactions.

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