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Working As A Configuration Management Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Configuration Management 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 Configuration Management 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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Configuration Management Analyst Career Paths

Configuration Management Analyst
Configuration Manager Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Accounting Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Configuration Analyst Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Configuration Analyst Systems Analyst Project Leader
Delivery Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Configuration Analyst Systems Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Release Manager Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Team Leader Team Manager
Group Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Project Leader Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Analyst NET Developer Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Management Analyst 3.0 years
Release Engineer 2.6 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Configuration Management Analyst
Consultant 4.5%
Engineer 4.2%
Internship 3.2%
Top Careers After Configuration Management Analyst
Consultant 3.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$55,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Carnival Cruise Line
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Configuration Management Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Configuration Management Analyst in the United States is $82,682 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $55,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $122,000.

Real Configuration Management Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Configuration Management Engineer Concur Technologies, Inc. Vienna, VA May 27, 2014 $125,000
Configuration Management Engineer Ciber, Inc. Bothell, WA Mar 05, 2015 $124,800
Configuration Management Engineer Ciber, Inc. Greenwood Village, CO Jun 24, 2016 $124,800
Principal Configuration Management ENG (Software E Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2013 $121,992
Configuration Management Engineer Green Dot Corporation Pasadena, CA Oct 13, 2014 $118,331
Senior Configuration Management Engineer Medianavico, LLC Culver City, CA Oct 13, 2014 $114,837
Configuration Management Engineer Green Dot Corporation Westlake Village, CA Mar 01, 2014 $112,848
Software Configuration Management Engineer A2Z Development Center Inc. D/B/A Lab126 Sunnyvale, CA Dec 14, 2013 $112,500
Configuration Management Engineer National Grange Mutual Insurance Company Jacksonville, FL Jul 22, 2013 $110,000
SR Configuration Management Analyst Carnival Corporation Miami, FL Jul 15, 2015 $110,000
Configuration Management Engineer Tableau Software, Inc. Kirkland, WA May 12, 2014 $109,000
Configuration Management Engineer Tableau Software, Inc. Kirkland, WA Apr 29, 2014 $109,000
Lead Software Configuration Management Engineer West Services, Inc. Eagan, MN Dec 09, 2013 $108,283
Configuration Management Analyst Unicon International, Inc. Dublin, OH Jun 03, 2013 $90,000 -
$115,000
Configuration Management Analyst Unicon International, Inc. Dublin, OH May 04, 2015 $90,000 -
$100,000
Senior Configuration Management Engineer Concur Technologies Inc. Redmond, WA Apr 09, 2013 $90,000
Configuration Management Engineer NGM Insurance Company Jacksonville, FL Oct 31, 2014 $90,000 -
$110,000
Senior Configuration Management Engineer Concur Technologies Inc. Redmond, WA Sep 04, 2013 $90,000
Configuration Management Analyst III Mary Kay Inc. Dallas, TX Jun 01, 2015 $89,900
Configuration Management Engineer Classmates, Inc. Seattle, WA Apr 05, 2016 $89,706
Configuration Management Engineer Citygrid Media, LLC West Hollywood, CA Jul 15, 2013 $80,000 -
$135,000
Software Configuration Management Engineer I Idexx Laboratories, Inc. Westbrook, ME Jun 07, 2013 $80,000 -
$100,000
Software Configuration Management Engineer Project Porsche Holding Corporation Bloomington, MN Oct 01, 2014 $80,000
Software Configuration Management Engineer Campus Management Corporation Boca Raton, FL Sep 20, 2013 $80,000
Software Configuration Management Engineer Project Porsche Holding Corporation Bloomington, MN Jan 22, 2013 $80,000
Configuration Management Analyst Velocify, Inc. El Segundo, CA Sep 12, 2015 $80,000 -
$120,000
Configuration Management Engineer ABB Enterprise Software, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Sep 23, 2015 $79,186 -
$134,300

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Top Skills for A Configuration Management Analyst

  1. Software Configuration Management
  2. Configuration Management
  3. Technical Data
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed organization-wide Software Configuration Management support.
  • Served as gatekeeper for all software environments to ensure the integrity of code migrations and enforce Configuration Management process compliance.
  • Managed all Configuration Management classified documentation; process all technical data requests for classified documentation.
  • Performed all configuration management duties utilizing proprietary tools in a UNIX and Windows based environment in support of the Proprietary program.
  • Assumed ClearCase Branch Manager role, including Retrofits Coordinator responsibilities.

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Configuration Management Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

48.1%

Female

41.9%

Unknown

10.0%
Ethnicity

White

56.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

13.5%

Asian

12.4%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.4%

French

17.9%

Portuguese

3.6%

Chinese

3.6%

Hebrew

3.6%

German

3.6%

Cantonese

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Carrier

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Polish

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%
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Configuration Management Analyst Education

Schools

Strayer University

14.3%

University of Phoenix

13.2%

University of Maryland - University College

8.0%

George Mason University

5.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.9%

Arizona State University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.2%

University of Central Florida

4.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.8%

Defense Acquisition University

3.8%

Colorado Technical University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.1%

San Diego State University

3.1%

Webster University

2.8%

Pennsylvania State University

2.8%

Old Dominion University

2.8%

University of Texas at Austin

2.8%

University of Washington

2.8%

Wayne State University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

27.7%

Computer Science

16.9%

Computer Information Systems

9.0%

Management

6.0%

Information Technology

4.8%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Project Management

4.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.9%

Management Information Systems

3.5%

Information Systems

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Education

1.7%

Computer Networking

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

General Studies

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Psychology

1.4%

Computer Applications

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.1%

Masters

25.0%

Other

15.4%

Associate

6.8%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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