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Working As An Automation Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $83,037

    Average Salary

What Does An Automation 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 Automation 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
Automation Analyst 3.0 years
Technical Analyst 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Automation Tester 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.2%
Analyst 4.0%
Owner 2.9%

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Automation Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

57.5%

Female

39.9%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

53.6%

Asian

15.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

7.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.0%

French

20.0%

Automation Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.4%

Iowa Wesleyan College

6.1%

The Academy

6.1%

Syracuse University

4.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.1%

University of Connecticut

4.1%

Bryan College

4.1%

Marylhurst University

4.1%

Arizona State University

4.1%

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

4.1%

Sinclair Community College

4.1%

Kettering University

4.1%

California State University - Fullerton

4.1%

Central Michigan University

4.1%

Strayer University

4.1%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.1%

University of Houston

4.1%

University of North Texas

4.1%

Saint John Fisher College

4.1%

Oklahoma State University

4.1%
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Majors

Business

23.8%

Computer Science

9.7%

Computer Information Systems

8.1%

Information Technology

5.9%

Management Information Systems

4.9%

Computer Applications

4.9%

Electrical Engineering

4.9%

Management

3.8%

Accounting

3.8%

Information Systems

3.8%

Mathematics

3.2%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Engineering

3.2%

Economics

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Education

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.9%

Masters

24.3%

Other

18.3%

Associate

6.8%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Real Automation Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Automation Analyst Chevron Corporation Midland, TX Oct 19, 2015 $116,900
Lead-Custom Integration & Automation Analyst Sara International Inc. Sugar Land, TX Jul 10, 2016 $107,224
Automation Analyst Chevron Corporation Midland, TX Dec 13, 2013 $96,000
Analyst Automation Jetblue Airways Islandia, NY Apr 22, 2016 $91,562
Senior Automation Analyst Aspect Engineering Group Bakersfield, CA Nov 28, 2016 $90,471
Senior QM Automation Analyst Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA May 22, 2014 $86,275
Senior Campaign Automation Analyst Scottrade, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Nov 27, 2015 $83,000
Software Automation Analyst Adi Worldlink, LLC Mountain View, CA Jan 10, 2016 $83,000 -
$88,000
Automation Analyst Estrada Consulting, Inc. Sacramento, CA Sep 30, 2016 $81,000
Marketing Automation Analyst Carbonite, Inc. Boston, MA Nov 28, 2016 $80,000
Software Automation Analyst Adi Worldlink, LLC Mountain View, CA Sep 01, 2015 $79,000 -
$84,000
Analyst 3, Testing Automation T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bothell, WA Aug 16, 2011 $78,600 -
$81,547
Automation Analyst Chevron Corporation Midland, TX Dec 13, 2010 $78,400
Automation Analyst Medhost Services Inc. Plano, TX Sep 10, 2014 $70,845 -
$80,000
Automation Analyst 3QI Labs, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2015 $70,000
Test Automation Analyst Avidxchange, Inc. Charlotte, NC Jul 08, 2016 $70,000
Automation Analyst Estrada Consulting, Inc. Fremont, CA Feb 05, 2016 $70,000
Test Automation Analyst Sysintelli, Inc. Bloomington, IL Sep 01, 2013 $70,000
Automation Analyst Tenazx Inc. West Chester, PA Jan 09, 2016 $62,500
Automation Analyst, Portfolio Analytics Group Blackrock Financial Management, Inc. New York, NY Nov 29, 2010 $61,942 -
$85,000
Automation Analyst (Computer Systems Analyst) Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company Springfield, MA Nov 25, 2010 $61,800
Automation Analyst Tenazx Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 14, 2015 $61,000
Automation Analyst/Engineer USM Business Systems, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Oct 03, 2012 $61,000

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Top Skills for An Automation Analyst

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  1. Test Plans
  2. Business Requirements
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  • Developed test plans using business requirements and functional specifications.
  • Performed database design, requirement analysis and core development work by implementing business requirements and documenting.
  • Tested all the applications under different Operating Systems and under different Web Server environments.
  • Executed PL/SQL Quires and stored procedures to test Oracle Database.
  • Developed and executed automated Regression testing and System testing using QTP and Quality Center.

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