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Working As A Contractor-Business Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $81,320

    Average Salary

What Does A Contractor-Business 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 Contractor-Business 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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Contractor-Business Analyst Career Paths

Contractor-Business Analyst
Contract Project Manager Construction Manager Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Contract Analyst Contracts Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Technical Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Contract Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Contract Analyst Finance Analyst Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Project Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Senior Project Manager President Of Operations
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Senior Business Analyst Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.9%
Manager 2.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.3%

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Contractor-Business Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

49.7%

Female

47.9%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

10.3%

Unknown

4.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.0%

French

8.0%

Portuguese

6.0%

Japanese

6.0%

German

4.0%

Cantonese

4.0%

Korean

4.0%

Mandarin

4.0%

Italian

4.0%

Cheyenne

2.0%

Chinese

2.0%

Greek

2.0%

Gujarati

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%
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Contractor-Business Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.4%

Strayer University

10.2%

Northeastern University

5.4%

Villanova University

4.8%

Webster University

4.8%

University of Washington

4.8%

DePaul University

4.1%

University of Houston

4.1%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.1%

Robert Morris University

3.4%

George Washington University

3.4%

University of Pennsylvania

3.4%

Portland State University

3.4%

George Mason University

3.4%

Washington State University

3.4%

American University

3.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.4%

Washington University in Saint Louis

2.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.7%

Bowling Green State University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

34.9%

Finance

8.8%

Accounting

7.9%

Computer Science

7.3%

Management

6.1%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Project Management

4.6%

Marketing

2.8%

Communication

2.5%

English

2.4%

Management Information Systems

2.2%

Information Technology

2.1%

Education

1.9%

Management Science

1.9%

Psychology

1.8%

Information Systems

1.8%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Mathematics

1.6%

Economics

1.3%

Health Care Administration

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.9%

Masters

28.2%

Other

16.1%

Certificate

5.1%

Associate

4.1%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Contractor-Business Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Grants and Contracts Business Analyst Teach for America Denver, CO Aug 03, 2015 $79,700
Contract Business Analyst Adventist Healthcare, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Oct 28, 2013 $60,008
Contract Business Analyst Adventist Healthcare, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Nov 18, 2013 $60,008
Contract Business Anaylst Adventist Healthcare, Inc. Rockville, MD Oct 24, 2011 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Contractor-Business Analyst

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  1. Business Requirements
  2. Process Improvement
  3. Test Plans
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  • Facilitate functional business requirements gathering and analyze information from multiple stakeholders to document business requirements and recommend solutions.
  • Contributed to several process improvement initiatives within the areas of IT Governance, Enterprise Analysis, and Requirements Management Planning.
  • Develop design specifications and test plans/scripts to meet business requirements.
  • Developed, recommended and implemented policies and procedures for controlling the release of business-sensitive information via the Internet/Intranet.
  • Developed, produced and analyzed financial statements by Provider Contract.

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