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Working As An Associate Technical Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Technical 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 Technical 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
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Computer Analyst 3.4 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Software Analyst 2.5 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Associate Technical Analyst
Technician 7.3%
Internship 5.7%
Teller 3.3%
Top Careers After Associate Technical Analyst
Consultant 4.2%
Manager 3.4%
Analyst 3.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$85,000
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$61,000
Min 10%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Calypso Technology
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does an Associate Technical Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Associate Technical Analyst in the United States is $85,431 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $118,000.

Real Associate Technical Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate-Healthcare Technological Solutions Analyst BOOZ Allen Hamilton Millington, MD Nov 07, 2016 $130,000 -
$140,000
Associate-Healthcare Technical Solutions Analyst BOOZ Allen Hamilton Inc. Millington, MD Nov 17, 2014 $120,000 -
$130,000
Associate Analyst, Quantum Technologies QRI International, LLC Houston, TX May 09, 2016 $120,000
Associate-Healthcare Technical Solutions Analyst BOOZ Allen Hamilton Millington, MD Apr 15, 2016 $120,000 -
$130,000
Associate-Healthcare Technical Solutions Analyst BOOZ Allen Hamilton Rockville, MD Apr 29, 2016 $120,000 -
$130,000
Associate, Tech OPS Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Columbus, OH Aug 08, 2016 $117,000
Associate, Tech OPS Analyst (USO) Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Mar 10, 2016 $110,361
Associate, Technical Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Oct 18, 2010 $110,000
Associate, Tech OPS Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Columbus, OH Aug 22, 2016 $110,000
Associate, Technical Account Analyst Integral Development Corp. New York, NY Jun 15, 2016 $108,000
Associate, Technical Account Analyst Integral Development Corporation New York, NY Feb 01, 2016 $108,000
Associate Tech OPS Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Houston, TX Oct 28, 2013 $106,000
Associate, Tech OPS Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Houston, TX Apr 22, 2016 $103,746
Associate, Tech OPS Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Columbus, OH Dec 28, 2015 $103,000
Associate, Tech OPS Analyst (USO) Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Mar 10, 2016 $101,345
Associate Tech OPS Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Columbus, OH Oct 02, 2014 $101,000
Associate, Tech OPS Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Wilmington, DE Jun 08, 2016 $100,000
Associate-Healthcare Technical Solutions Analyst BOOZ Allen Hamilton Inc. Rockville, MD May 12, 2016 $97,680 -
$146,520
Associate-Healthcare Technical Solutions Analyst BOOZ Allen Hamilton Inc. Columbia, MD May 12, 2016 $97,680 -
$146,520
Associate, Tech OPS Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Wilmington, DE Aug 06, 2015 $97,000
Associate/Business Tech Analyst III JP Morgan Chase & Co Wilmington, DE Aug 18, 2016 $84,300
Associate Specialist Technology/Programmer Analyst Synechron, Inc. Charlotte, NC Sep 16, 2015 $83,000
Associate Specialist-Technology/Programmer Analyst Synechron, Inc. Charlotte, NC Apr 30, 2015 $83,000
Associate, Technology Operations Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co Jersey City, NJ Aug 31, 2015 $81,000 -
$120,000
Associate Specialist-Technology/Programmer Analyst Synechron, Inc. Charlotte, NC May 10, 2015 $77,168
Associate Technical Analyst Calypso Technology, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 13, 2016 $75,417
Associate Technical Analyst Calypso Technology, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 07, 2015 $75,080 -
$131,356

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Top Skills for An Associate Technical Analyst

  1. Technical Support
  2. Computer Hardware
  3. SQL
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  • Provided first/second level technical support to worldwide customers.
  • Developed and designed the automation testing framework using Java, JavaScript, SQL and Oracle Application Testing Suite for OFSAA.
  • Worked with database administrators on numerous aspects of database creation, maintenance, and efficiency modeling.
  • Collaborated with telecommunication service providers to troubleshoot T1 lines and circuits and company-wide WAN problems.
  • Compiled and maintained inventory of all on-site equipment, including PCs, printers, laptops, scanners, and network devices.

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Top 10 Best States for Associate Technical Analysts

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  2. Massachusetts
  3. New Jersey
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Associate Technical Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

61.4%

Female

31.3%

Unknown

7.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Asian

12.7%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

2.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

33.3%

French

33.3%

Chinese

33.3%

Associate Technical Analyst Education

Schools

Robert Morris University

10.9%

Syracuse University

6.5%

Elon University

6.5%

Georgia Southern University

6.5%

University of Memphis

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.3%

Western Governors University

4.3%

University of Washington

4.3%

Temple University

4.3%

Southern Maine Community College

4.3%

Webster University

4.3%

University of Pennsylvania

4.3%

Auburn University-Montgomery

4.3%

Georgia State University

4.3%

Saint Louis University-

4.3%

DePaul University

4.3%

Fordham University

4.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.3%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.3%

California University of Pennsylvania

4.3%
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Majors

Business

18.6%

Computer Science

15.6%

Information Technology

10.8%

Computer Information Systems

7.2%

Information Systems

6.6%

Finance

4.8%

Computer Networking

4.8%

Management Information Systems

4.2%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.0%

Computer Programming

3.0%

Psychology

2.4%

Project Management

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Management Science

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Computer Systems Security

1.8%

Computer Technical Support

1.8%

Economics

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Masters

23.3%

Other

16.8%

Associate

13.4%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.4%
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