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Working As An Associate Systems Analyst/Systems Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

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

Associate Systems Analyst/Systems Analyst
Systems Analyst Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Business Analyst Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Programmer Analyst Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Management Analyst Human Resources Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Associate Systems Analyst/Systems Analyst
Internship 7.7%
Programmer 5.5%
Consultant 3.8%
Top Careers After Associate Systems Analyst/Systems Analyst
Consultant 4.6%

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Associate Systems Analyst/Systems Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

55.8%

Female

35.6%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

56.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Asian

14.4%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.8%

Russian

15.4%

Portuguese

7.7%

Hawaiian

7.7%

German

7.7%

Bosnian

7.7%

French

7.7%

Serbian

7.7%

Croatian

7.7%
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Associate Systems Analyst/Systems Analyst Education

Schools

Northeastern University

9.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

7.2%

Colorado Technical University

7.2%

University of Central Florida

6.0%

Pennsylvania State University

6.0%

University of Pittsburgh -

6.0%

Syracuse University

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.8%

Strayer University

4.8%

Austin Peay State University

4.8%

Duke University

4.8%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.8%

University of Southern Maine

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%

Wichita State University

3.6%

Robert Morris University

3.6%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.6%

University of North Texas

3.6%
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Majors

Business

17.0%

Computer Science

16.4%

Computer Information Systems

12.9%

Information Technology

8.2%

Management Information Systems

6.3%

Information Systems

5.0%

Management

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

General Studies

3.1%

Project Management

3.1%

Finance

3.1%

Computer Networking

2.5%

Psychology

2.2%

Mathematics

2.2%

Computer Systems Security

2.2%

Management Science

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Computer Engineering

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.4%

Masters

27.9%

Other

11.6%

Associate

10.5%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does an Associate Systems Analyst/Systems Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Associate Systems Analyst/Systems Analyst in the United States is $70,253 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $55,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $89,000.

Real Associate Systems Analyst/Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Systems Analyst Nomura America Services, LLC New York, NY Aug 22, 2011 $140,000
Associate-Systems Analyst BOOZ Allen Hamilton Inc. Rockville, MD Oct 01, 2015 $104,500
Associate-Systems Analyst BOOZ Allen Hamilton Inc. Arlington, VA Aug 24, 2015 $98,512
Associate Systems Analyst Oran, Inc. Alexandria, VA Jan 20, 2013 $98,000
Associate Systems Analyst Oran, Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 26, 2014 $96,000
Associate Systems Analyst Cyberthink, Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Jan 02, 2015 $92,000
Associate Systems Analyst Saama Technologies, Inc. Campbell, CA Jun 03, 2015 $87,000
Systems Analyst (Associate Director) Babson Capital Management LLC Springfield, MA Mar 25, 2016 $86,975
Associate Systems Analyst Saama Technologies, Inc. Campbell, CA Mar 09, 2015 $85,322
Systems Analyst/Associate Manager SS&C Technologies Holdings Europe, S.A.R.L. New York, NY Jan 17, 2014 $84,000
Systems Analyst (Associate Director) Babson Capital Management LLC Springfield, MA Mar 25, 2013 $82,000
Associate Systems Analyst Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Feb 22, 2016 $80,245 -
$87,424
Associate-Systems Analyst Mezocliq LLC New York, NY May 01, 2014 $79,000
Associate Systems Analyst Charles River Systems, Inc. D/B/A Charles River de Burlington, MA Apr 16, 2012 $76,600 -
$81,000
Associate Systems Analyst FMR Co Inc. Nashua, NH Jun 07, 2012 $61,048 -
$71,926
Associate Systems Analyst FMR Co Inc. Merrimack, NH Mar 20, 2012 $61,048 -
$71,926
Associate Systems Analyst Fidelity Technology Group LLC Boston, MA Feb 01, 2011 $60,528 -
$75,462
Associate Systems Analyst Charles River Systems, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jul 21, 2014 $60,000
Associate Systems Analyst Cybersource Corporation Highlands Ranch, CO Oct 02, 2014 $59,987 -
$60,707
Associate Analyst-Radiation Oncology Systems St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN Aug 22, 2016 $59,613 -
$83,446
Associate Systems Analyst FMR LLC Boston, MA Dec 05, 2011 $59,322 -
$76,378
Associate Systems Analyst Fidelity Technology Group LLC Boston, MA Nov 28, 2011 $59,322 -
$76,378
Associate Systems Analyst Fidelity Investments Institutional Operations Comp Smithfield, RI Feb 07, 2011 $58,011 -
$73,486
Associate Systems Analyst Medtronic, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 10, 2016 $57,600
Associate Systems Analyst Medtronic, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 31, 2016 $57,600
Associate Systems Analyst Fidelity Service Company, Inc. Westlake, TX Aug 16, 2014 $57,346 -
$70,845
Associate Systems Analyst Fidelity Technology Group LLC Durham, NC Oct 01, 2012 $57,262 -
$69,514
Associate Systems Analyst Fidelity Technology Group LLC Durham, NC Dec 01, 2011 $57,262 -
$69,514

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  2. Business Requirements
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  • Develop policies and procedures for use of network facilities participate in the infrastructure planning and provide recommendation and solutions.
  • Gathered and translated business requirements into detailed and comprehensive system design specifications for new and improved application development.
  • Executed SQL queries on thousands of rows & multiple tables in performing data validation to ensure data accuracy & data integrity.
  • Provided third level technical support for less complex problems in an operational environment.
  • Provided data input mechanisms, user interface components, tabular and 2-D, colored graphical output for all applications.

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