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Working As A Clinical Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $79,067

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical 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 A Clinical 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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Clinical Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

66.5%

Male

30.5%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.0%

French

16.0%

Mandarin

8.0%

Khmer

4.0%

Chinese

4.0%

Vietnamese

4.0%

Japanese

4.0%

Carrier

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Korean

4.0%
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Clinical Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.9%

Walden University

12.3%

Villanova University

5.6%

University of Utah

5.0%

University of Washington

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.9%

Temple University

3.4%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.4%

University of Louisville

3.4%

University of South Alabama

3.4%

Western Governors University

3.4%

Drexel University

3.4%

Grand Canyon University

3.4%

Western Washington University

2.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.8%

University of Central Florida

2.8%

Case Western Reserve University

2.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.8%
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Majors

Nursing

38.3%

Business

14.2%

Health Care Administration

6.3%

Computer Information Systems

5.4%

Information Systems

4.7%

Pharmacy

3.3%

Computer Science

2.9%

Information Technology

2.6%

Health And Wellness

2.6%

Public Health

2.3%

Medical Technician

2.3%

Education

2.2%

Biology

2.1%

Psychology

1.9%

Project Management

1.8%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Medical Assisting Services

1.5%

Medicine

1.4%

Management

1.3%

Biomedical Engineering

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.2%

Masters

30.3%

Other

13.1%

Associate

12.3%

Certificate

5.1%

Doctorate

3.6%

Diploma

2.1%

License

0.4%
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Real Clinical Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical SAS Analyst PVR Technologies Inc. Wallingford, CT Feb 23, 2015 $123,091
Clinical SAS Analyst PVR Technologies Inc. Wallingford, CT Jun 10, 2015 $122,778
Clinical SAS Analyst Statminds, LLC King of Prussia, PA Jul 14, 2015 $115,202
Clinical SAS Analyst PVR Technologies Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 30, 2015 $113,533
EHR Clinical Analyst 314E Corporation Fremont, CA Oct 02, 2015 $111,696
Clinical SAS Analyst Intone Networks Inc. Foster City, CA Jun 15, 2016 $110,000
Clinical SAS Analyst Statminds, LLC Fort Worth, TX Jul 14, 2015 $108,524
Clinical SAS Prgorammer Analyst PVR Technologies Inc. Nashville, TN Jul 14, 2015 $108,524
Clinical SAS Analyst PVR Technologies Inc. Foster City, CA Jul 14, 2015 $106,395
Clinical SAS Analyst Infolob Solutions Inc. Morrisville, NC Sep 08, 2015 $105,664
Clinical SAS Analyst PVR Technologies Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jul 14, 2015 $105,185
Clinical SAS Analyst It Intellects, Inc. Roseland, NJ Jul 14, 2015 $81,515
Clinical SAS Analyst Statminds, LLC Canton, MI Jun 05, 2016 $80,000
Clinical SAS Analyst Intone Networks Inc. Chadds Ford, PA Aug 22, 2016 $80,000
Clinical SAS Analyst Statminds, LLC Fort Worth, TX Aug 18, 2016 $80,000
Clinical SAS Analyst Intone Networks Inc. North Chicago, IL Oct 26, 2015 $80,000
Clinical SAS Analyst PVR Technologies Inc. Cary, NC Aug 26, 2016 $80,000
Clinical SAS Analyst Intone Networks Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 21, 2015 $80,000
Clinical SAS Analyst Intone Networks Inc. Southborough, MA Nov 30, 2016 $80,000
Clinical SAS Analyst Intone Networks Inc. Lawrenceville, NJ Jul 20, 2016 $74,500
Clinical SAS Analyst Intone Networks Inc. Lawrence, NJ Jul 20, 2016 $74,500
Clinical SAS Analyst Intone Networks Inc. Pennington, NJ Jul 20, 2016 $74,500
Clinical SAS Analyst Statminds, LLC Pennington, NJ Aug 30, 2016 $74,443

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  1. Workflow Analysis
  2. Health Care
  3. Go-Live Support
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  • Initiated current workflow analysis of clinical systems for implementation of various, corporate upgrade initiatives.
  • Aggregate and synthesize raw quantitative and qualitative clinical health care data to develop administrative studies and reports.
  • Travel to project sites to perform integrated testing with hospital resources and go-live support.
  • Joined Information Technology for Epic Inpatient project.
  • Write CCL programs in Cerner Millennium to generate reports and spreadsheets.

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