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Working As A Developer Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $86,873

    Average Salary

What Does A Developer 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 Developer 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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Developer Analyst Career Paths

Developer Analyst
Project Leader Data Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Management Consultant Change Management Consultant
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Functional Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Project Manager Program Manager
Global Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Systems Analyst 3.3 years
Systems Developer 3.1 years
Technical Analyst 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Developer Analyst 2.0 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 14.9%
Consultant 6.8%
Analyst 5.1%
Internship 4.7%
Programmer 4.2%
Top Employers After
Developer 10.7%
Consultant 8.5%
Analyst 3.8%
Manager 2.5%

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Developer Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

61.3%

Female

36.2%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

51.6%

Asian

20.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

5.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.1%

French

12.9%

Portuguese

5.9%

Chinese

5.9%

Mandarin

5.3%

German

4.7%

Arabic

3.5%

Hindi

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Persian

2.9%

Cantonese

2.4%

Tamil

1.8%

Carrier

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Marathi

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Swedish

0.6%
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Developer Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.7%

New York University

8.7%

Cornell University

5.8%

University of Pennsylvania

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

DePaul University

5.0%

University of Houston

5.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.6%

Northern Illinois University

4.6%

Illinois State University

4.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.1%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.1%

University of Alabama

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.7%

Temple University

3.7%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.7%

Harvard University

3.7%

State University of New York Stony Brook

3.7%

More Tech Institute

3.7%
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Majors

Business

21.9%

Computer Science

19.5%

Computer Information Systems

6.1%

Finance

5.1%

Information Technology

5.1%

Marketing

4.0%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Management

3.6%

Accounting

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.4%

Information Systems

3.2%

Computer Applications

3.0%

Mathematics

2.4%

Economics

2.2%

Communication

2.0%

Engineering

1.9%

Project Management

1.8%

Computer Programming

1.8%

Education

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.1%

Masters

35.0%

Other

9.8%

Associate

3.9%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.3%
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Real Developer Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cognos TM1 Developer/Analyst Judge Technical Services, Inc. Austin, TX Feb 28, 2016 $208,700
Developer Analyst, Technology RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Sep 09, 2015 $145,000 -
$150,000
Development-Lead Analyst Merkle Inc. Farmers Branch, TX Jan 12, 2016 $130,140
MTS Developer Analyst Fanatics Retail Group Fulfillment, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 10, 2015 $130,000
Analyst, Quantitative Developer, FIC RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Jul 16, 2015 $130,000
Call Routing Development Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Wilmington, DE Dec 30, 2015 $129,500
Call Routing Development Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Newark, DE Jun 01, 2015 $129,500
Analyst, Quantitative Developer Ellington Management Group, LLC Old Greenwich, CT Aug 10, 2015 $125,000
Developer/Analyst Alliancebernstein L.P. New York, NY Apr 27, 2015 $125,000 -
$145,000
Call Routing Development Analyst JP Morgan Chase & Co Newark, DE Apr 14, 2015 $123,500
Developer Analyst C&T Information Technology Consulting, Inc. Austin, TX Jan 08, 2016 $121,881
Developer Analyst C&T Information Technology Consulting, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 01, 2015 $121,881
Developer/Analyst SAP Sysmex America, Inc. Lincolnshire, IL Oct 02, 2016 $120,902
Developer-Optimization Analyst O'Shaughnessy Asset Management, LLC Stamford, CT Jan 07, 2015 $88,000
Developer/Analyst III Bluecross Blueshield of North Carolina Durham, NC Jul 17, 2016 $88,000 -
$98,000
.NET Support Developer Analyst U.S. Bank National Association Richfield, MN Mar 18, 2016 $87,755
Developer Analyst Hewitt Associates LLC Denver, CO Oct 17, 2016 $87,720
Developer Analyst Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Denver, CO Oct 17, 2016 $87,720
Estimator/Developer Analyst Aquinas Management Services Houston, TX Sep 11, 2015 $87,550
Developer Analyst II HMS Business Services, Inc. Irving, TX Apr 04, 2015 $87,300 -
$102,000
Development Analyst II One Gas, Inc. Tulsa, OK Jun 01, 2015 $87,000 -
$95,000
Analyst/Developer II Dish Network LLC Englewood, CO Jun 09, 2016 $72,862 -
$104,333
Identity Management Developer-Analyst Trusted Tech Solutions, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 15, 2016 $72,821
Market Development Analyst Har Mart Corp Aurora, CO Jun 11, 2015 $72,758
Acquisitions and Development Analyst Hersha Hospitality Management Philadelphia, PA Apr 18, 2016 $72,500
Corporate Development Analyst Edgeconnex, Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 15, 2016 $72,301 -
$90,979
Developer/Analyst II Solstice Benefits Fort Lauderdale, FL May 18, 2016 $72,176
Software Development Analyst Mdland International Corporation New York, NY Jun 17, 2016 $72,010
Development Analyst One Gas, Inc. Tulsa, OK Jul 01, 2016 $72,000

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  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database Objects
  3. Web
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  • Developed PL/SQL scripts that improved the processing efficiency of the portfolio of Bankruptcy Assets Accounts from 55% to 85%.
  • Created database objects through testing, production and development environments.
  • Worked with teams to develop web applications based on agile development methodology.
  • Revise, analyze and develop Branch operational and service procedures focused on organizational objectives and goals.
  • Consolidated business requirements, developed business process flows, fit/gap analysis, functional specifications, configuration, planned & executed testing.

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