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Working As A Business Analyst/Technical Lead

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

  • Repetitive

  • $102,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Analyst/Technical Lead 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 A Business Analyst/Technical Lead

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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Business Analyst/Technical Lead Career Paths

Business Analyst/Technical Lead
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Senior Consultant Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Systems Analyst Senior Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Systems Analyst Lead System Analyst Information Technology Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Systems Analyst Lead System Analyst Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Development Manager Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Supply Chain Manager Process Improvement Manager
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Operations Program Manager Program/Project Manager
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager/Analyst Business Manager Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Human Resources Manager Talent Acquisition Manager
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Top Careers Before Business Analyst/Technical Lead
Developer 5.5%
Consultant 4.2%
Top Careers After Business Analyst/Technical Lead
Consultant 3.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$102,000
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$78,000
Min 10%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$133,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Citi
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Business Analyst/Technical Lead make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Business Analyst/Technical Lead in the United States is $102,677 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $79,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $133,000.

Real Business Analyst/Technical Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead IT Business Analyst Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Nov 23, 2011 $145,000 -
$240,000
Technical Lead, Business Analytics Blue Jeans Network, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 01, 2014 $145,000 -
$175,000
Technical Lead, Business Solutions Prolifics, Inc. New York, NY Oct 26, 2016 $138,133
Lead Business Analyst, IT Tesoro Companies, Inc. Carson, CA Feb 24, 2014 $125,000
Lead Business Analyst, Compliance IT Barclays Capital Services Inc. NJ Jan 15, 2016 $125,000 -
$150,000
Master Business Systems Analyst-Technical Lead Capital One Services, LLC Vienna, VA Jun 09, 2015 $123,000 -
$174,000
Master Business Systems Analyst-Technical Lead Capital One Services, LLC Vienna, VA Apr 22, 2015 $122,100 -
$174,000
Lead Business Analyst, Compliance IT Barclays Capital Services Inc. NJ Oct 15, 2015 $122,000
Lead Business Analyst, Compliance IT Barclays Services Corp. NJ Aug 04, 2016 $122,000 -
$148,000
Lead IT Business Analyst Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 25, 2014 $120,000
Lead IT Business Analyst Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 02, 2014 $120,000
Lead IT Business Analyst Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 07, 2015 $118,220
Analyst Business Systems Lead IT Honeywell International Inc. Acton, MA Mar 28, 2014 $117,678
Master Business Systems Analyst-Technical Lead Capital One Services II LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 01, 2016 $115,000 -
$159,300
Lead Business Analyst, IT Tesoro Companies, Inc. San Antonio, TX Dec 17, 2016 $113,132
Technical Lead, Business Solutions Prolifics, Inc. New York, NY Apr 05, 2016 $111,114
Master Business Systems Analyst-Technical Lead Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA Jul 30, 2015 $110,000 -
$158,200
Lead IT Business Analyst Unigroup, Inc. Fenton, MO Sep 09, 2013 $110,000
Business Analyst/Tech Lead The Intersect Group, LLC Atlanta, GA Sep 23, 2016 $107,973 -
$136,000
IT Business Analyst Lead Hyster-Yale Group, Inc. Greenville, NC Jan 05, 2016 $105,353
Lead Business Analyst IT Tesoro Companies, Inc. San Antonio, TX Dec 16, 2013 $105,000
Senior Business Systems Analyst-Technical Lead Capital One Services II LLC Rolling Meadows, IL Feb 20, 2015 $100,000 -
$148,500
Senior Business Systems Analyst-Technical Lead Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA Dec 31, 2014 $100,000 -
$158,200
Lead IT Business Analyst Ecolab Inc. Saint Paul, MN Dec 03, 2012 $100,000
Senior Business Systems Analyst-Technical Lead Capital One Services, LLC Richmond, VA Mar 04, 2015 $98,000 -
$135,000
Lead IT Business Analyst Chicago Mercantile Exchange Chicago, IL Apr 11, 2016 $96,907 -
$149,250
Lead Business Analyst-Business Technology General Electric Company Schenectady, NY Jul 11, 2016 $95,000
Lead Technical Business Analyst Domino's Pizza, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Dec 01, 2014 $95,000

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Top Skills for A Business Analyst/Technical Lead

  1. Business Requirements
  2. Test Cases
  3. SQL
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  • Prepare functional/technical requirements by analyzing the business requirements as related to the technical aspects of the hardware/software in the system.
  • Engaged the quality assurance team in the creation of test cases, and use of TFS in management of bug tracking
  • Developed customized SQL reports and reporting tools for monitoring trade irregularities and customer activities/product trends.
  • Conduct system testing along with coordination and preparation for user acceptance testing and regression testing.
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Business Analyst/Technical Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

56.2%

Female

34.4%

Unknown

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

50.4%

Asian

23.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Portuguese

33.3%

Spanish

33.3%

Russian

16.7%

Ukrainian

16.7%
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Business Analyst/Technical Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.8%

George Washington University

10.5%

More Tech Institute

7.0%

University of Florida

4.7%

Villanova University

4.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.7%

Michigan State University

4.7%

University of Cincinnati

4.7%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.7%

Pace University - New York

4.7%

ITT Technical Institute-Charlotte North

3.5%

University of Alabama

3.5%

University of South Florida

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%

Texas Tech University

3.5%

Northeastern Illinois University

3.5%

University of New Hampshire

3.5%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.5%
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Majors

Business

18.2%

Computer Science

16.9%

Electrical Engineering

7.6%

Information Technology

7.3%

Computer Engineering

6.0%

Management Information Systems

5.3%

Computer Information Systems

5.3%

Finance

4.4%

Engineering

4.2%

Management

4.0%

Computer Applications

3.1%

Project Management

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Industrial Engineering

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Information Systems

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Economics

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.3%

Masters

31.2%

Other

11.3%

Associate

3.5%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.7%
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