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Working As A Design Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $80,234

    Average Salary

What Does A Design 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 Design 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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Design Analyst Career Paths

Design Analyst
Programmer Analyst Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Designer Product Developer Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Leader Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Principal Analyst 3.3 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
EDI Analyst 3.1 years
Design Analyst 3.0 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Interface Analyst 2.7 years
Automation Analyst 2.7 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
Application Lead 2.6 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 5.4%
Internship 5.0%
Consultant 4.1%
Designer 3.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.3%
Manager 4.9%
Designer 4.6%
Developer 3.7%
Analyst 3.4%

Design Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

59.8%

Female

37.1%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

71.5%

Asian

15.1%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Unknown

2.5%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.9%

French

18.2%

German

9.1%

Portuguese

4.5%

Wolof

4.5%

Marathi

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

Romanian

4.5%

Hindi

4.5%

Italian

4.5%
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Design Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

7.3%

San Diego State University

6.1%

University of Florida

6.1%

Northern Illinois University

6.1%

University of Miami

6.1%

Wayne State University

4.9%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

Cornell University

4.9%

University of Washington

4.9%

University of South Florida

3.7%

Northeastern State University

3.7%

National University

3.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.7%

University of Cincinnati

3.7%

University of Rhode Island

3.7%

North Carolina State University

3.7%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

3.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.7%

Western Michigan University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

22.6%

Computer Science

12.9%

Mechanical Engineering

10.2%

Electrical Engineering

6.5%

Computer Information Systems

5.4%

Finance

4.0%

Computer Applications

3.5%

Education

3.2%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Accounting

3.2%

Drafting And Design

3.0%

Graphic Design

3.0%

Marketing

2.7%

Aerospace Engineering

2.7%

Information Technology

2.7%

Civil Engineering

2.4%

Mathematics

2.4%

Management Information Systems

2.2%

Project Management

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.3%

Masters

26.7%

Other

14.6%

Associate

6.7%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

2.5%

Diploma

1.2%
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Real Design Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal CAD Analyst Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Bellaire, TX Aug 18, 2014 $138,611
Senior Design & Usability Analyst FIS Management Services LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 05, 2015 $135,000 -
$158,300
Product Design Analyst Monitise Americas, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 10, 2015 $135,000 -
$155,000
Oracle Applications Design Analyst Spectrum Laboratory Products, Inc. Gardena, CA Aug 28, 2013 $130,000
Mechanical Design Analyst Enerdel, Inc. Greenfield, IN Jan 07, 2013 $120,000
Product Design Analyst Monitise Americas, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2015 $116,000 -
$150,000
Software Design Analyst III Companion Professional Services, LLC Chicago, IL Jul 27, 2015 $105,102
Senior Engineering Design Analyst Continental Tire The Americas, LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jun 07, 2016 $104,520 -
$124,089
CAE Design Analyst-R&D Gestamp Alabama, LLC Troy, MI Nov 30, 2015 $102,000
Design Analyst Programmer Gibson Teldata, Inc. Seattle, WA Jul 29, 2016 $101,496
Design Analyst Programmer Gibson Teldata, Inc. Seattle, WA Jul 29, 2014 $101,496
Facets Functional Designer/Analyst Gebbs Healthcare Solutions Greenwood Village, CO May 20, 2013 $100,000
Product Design Analyst Monitise Americas, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 18, 2015 $100,000 -
$140,000
Product Design Analyst Monitise Americas, Inc. Foster City, CA Apr 08, 2013 $100,000 -
$140,000
Product Design Analyst Monitise Americas, Inc. San Rafael, CA Jul 01, 2014 $77,000 -
$93,000
Analyst and Designer SLK America Inc. Cincinnati, OH Jan 12, 2016 $76,855
Engineering Designer/Analyst Lee Engineering, LLC Albuquerque, NM Aug 19, 2013 $76,000
Analyst and Designer SLK America Inc. Cincinnati, OH Jan 22, 2013 $75,614
Analyst and Designer SLK America Inc. Grand Rapids, MI Jan 12, 2016 $75,400
Database Design Analyst/Programmer Quadrant 4 Consulting, Inc. Cranbury, NJ Apr 01, 2013 $75,000
Software Design Analyst Ample It Services LLC Washington, DC Oct 21, 2014 $75,000
Analyst & Designer SLK America Inc. Memphis, TN Oct 28, 2015 $74,390
Analyst and Designer SLK America Inc. Cincinnati, OH Aug 10, 2015 $66,411
Design Analyst Cyient, Inc. Middletown, CT Jan 10, 2016 $66,032
Design Analyst Cyient, Inc. Middletown, CT Oct 10, 2016 $66,032
Plm/Cad Analyst Acnovate Corporation Santa Barbara, CA Sep 15, 2014 $66,000
Analyst and Designer-Software SLK America Inc. Memphis, TN Nov 10, 2014 $65,430
Analyst and Designer SLK America Inc. Memphis, TN Nov 10, 2014 $65,430
ERP GIS Design Analyst Adroitech Inc. Menomonee Falls, WI Sep 12, 2015 $65,042
Aviation Design Analyst Century Aviation, LLC Cincinnati, OH Sep 10, 2015 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Design Analyst

DataWarehouseWebCADProceduresPl/SqlModulesFinancialWindowsXPSubjectMatterExpertsBusinessRequirementsWorkflowERPXMLProjectManagementLayoutManagementSystemSQLServerSMEJavascriptHtml

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Top Design Analyst Skills

  1. Data Warehouse
  2. Web
  3. CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Initiated Enterprise Data Warehouse design and development based on the reporting requirements gathered from multiple user interviews all over the country.
  • Configure and deploy the application on Web Sphere application server and involved in writing the build scripts using maven.
  • Attended Fundamentals for Leadership Success three day academy.
  • Write Business Requirement and functional specification documents, Document new processes and procedures.
  • Created Oracle PL/SQL blocks, procedures, triggers, functions, packages and synonyms to create business layer and data layer.

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