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Working As A Consultant/Senior Systems Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Consultant/Senior Systems 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 Consultant/Senior Systems 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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Consultant/Senior Systems Analyst Career Paths

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Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Project Manager Technical Manager Technical Project Manager
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Senior Analyst Programmer Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Senior Analyst Programmer Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Senior Analyst Programmer Senior Systems Analyst Manager Applications Development
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Top Careers Before Consultant/Senior Systems Analyst
Consultant 11.0%
Programmer 2.1%
Top Careers After Consultant/Senior Systems Analyst
Consultant 9.3%

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Consultant/Senior Systems Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

64.5%

Female

26.0%

Unknown

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

52.5%

Asian

18.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

10.2%

Unknown

6.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

20.0%

Spanish

13.3%

Hindi

13.3%

Chinese

6.7%

German

6.7%

Marathi

6.7%

Cantonese

6.7%

Japanese

6.7%

Bengali

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Italian

6.7%
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Consultant/Senior Systems Analyst Education

Schools

George Mason University

10.0%

University of Phoenix

8.8%

George Washington University

7.5%

University of Connecticut

6.3%

Florida International University

6.3%

Oklahoma State University

5.0%

Purdue University

5.0%

Pace University - New York

5.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.0%

University of California - Santa Cruz

3.8%

Widener University

3.8%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.8%

Boston University

3.8%

Texas Tech University

3.8%

New York University

3.8%

Villanova University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

DePaul University

3.8%

Adelphi University

3.8%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.9%

Business

17.1%

Management

6.9%

Computer Information Systems

6.9%

Computer Engineering

6.3%

Finance

5.7%

Information Technology

4.8%

Management Information Systems

4.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

Information Systems

3.9%

Economics

3.6%

Project Management

3.0%

Education

2.4%

Computer Programming

2.1%

Engineering

1.8%

Computer Applications

1.8%

Management Science

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%

Physics

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.5%

Masters

32.0%

Other

11.1%

Certificate

5.8%

Associate

4.8%

Doctorate

3.0%

Diploma

1.8%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Consultant/Senior Systems Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Consultant/Senior Systems Analyst in the United States is $100,357 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $80,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Consultant/Senior Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Consultant Senior Analyst Xerox Business Services, LLC Malden, MA Jan 02, 2014 $125,220
Senior Consultant/Functional-Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC Wayne, NJ Oct 08, 2014 $116,813 -
$151,000
Senior Consultant/Functional-Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC New York, NY Oct 08, 2014 $116,813 -
$151,000
Systems Consultant Senior Analyst Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. Austin, TX May 25, 2013 $115,000
Senior Consultant/Functional-Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC Jersey City, NJ Jul 07, 2014 $112,154 -
$140,000
Systems Consultant Senior Analyst Xerox Business Services, LLC Dallas, TX Jul 30, 2015 $110,406
Senior Consultant/Functional Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC South San Francisco, CA Nov 01, 2016 $108,493 -
$140,000
Senior Consultant-Functional/Systems Analyst Capgemini Us LLC South San Francisco, CA Mar 06, 2016 $105,789 -
$151,000
Senior Consultant/Functional Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC Houston, TX Jun 01, 2015 $103,667 -
$140,000
Senior Consultant/Functional Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC Houston, TX May 05, 2015 $103,667 -
$127,000
Senior Consultant/Functional-Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC Irving, TX Aug 20, 2014 $103,667 -
$127,000
Senior Consultant/Systems Analyst Logic20/20 Inc. Seattle, WA Oct 09, 2016 $103,000
Systems Consulting Senior Analyst Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Jul 31, 2015 $94,870
Systems Consulting Senior Analyst Midasplus, Inc. Acton, MA Jul 11, 2016 $93,000
Senior Consultant/Functional-Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC Elk Grove Village, IL Nov 06, 2014 $92,914 -
$138,000
Senior Consultant/Functional Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC Bloomfield, NJ Nov 01, 2013 $92,206 -
$130,000
Senior Consultant/Functional Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC New York, NY Sep 22, 2013 $92,206 -
$130,000
Senior Consultant-Functional/Systems Analyst Capgemini Us LLC Atlanta, GA Apr 01, 2015 $92,000 -
$138,000
Systems Consulting Senior Analyst Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. Germantown, MD Feb 16, 2015 $92,000
Senior Consultant/Functional-Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC Lexington, MA Sep 26, 2013 $86,590 -
$123,000
Senior Consultant/Functional Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC Atlanta, GA Apr 01, 2014 $86,299 -
$130,000
Senior Consultant/Functional-Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC Fairport, NY Aug 06, 2013 $86,299 -
$120,000
Senior Consultant/Functional Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC Newark, DE Apr 01, 2014 $86,299 -
$130,000
Senior Consultant/Functional/Systems Analyst Capgemini Us LLC Addison, TX May 18, 2015 $86,000 -
$138,000
Senior Consultant/Functional-Systems Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC Irving, TX Sep 22, 2014 $85,571 -
$130,000

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