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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

  • $90,646

    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
Senior Analyst Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Program Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Developer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Software Engineer
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Finance Analyst Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
EDI Analyst 3.1 years
NET Developer 3.0 years
Developer Analyst 3.0 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Design Analyst 2.8 years
Automation Analyst 2.7 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Oracle Developer 2.5 years
Cognos Developer 2.5 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Java Developer 2.3 years
Data Analyst 2.3 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Test Developer 2.2 years
Siebel Developer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
Test Analyst 2.1 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Module Lead 2.0 years
ETL Developer 2.0 years
BOS Developer 2.0 years
GIS Developer 2.0 years
Reports Developer 1.9 years
Onsite Coordinator 1.9 years
Database Designer 1.9 years
SQL Developer 1.9 years
J2ee Developer 1.8 years
Java Web Developer 1.8 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 12.3%
Consultant 5.8%
Programmer 3.9%
Analyst 3.7%
Internship 3.7%
Top Employers After
Developer 8.8%
Consultant 7.3%
Analyst 3.2%

Developer Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

62.5%

Female

34.4%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

64.6%

Asian

22.1%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Unknown

3.4%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.6%

French

12.5%

Chinese

6.7%

Mandarin

5.8%

Portuguese

5.8%

German

5.3%

Italian

3.4%

Japanese

3.4%

Hindi

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Persian

2.4%

Carrier

1.9%

Korean

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Tamil

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Swedish

1.0%

Marathi

1.0%

Russian

1.0%
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Developer Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.6%

New York University

6.5%

University of Houston

6.2%

Texas A&M University

5.6%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Cornell University

5.0%

DePaul University

4.6%

Florida International University

4.6%

University of Pennsylvania

4.3%

Northern Illinois University

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

Arizona State University

4.0%

Temple University

4.0%

More Tech Institute

4.0%

Wayne State University

3.7%

Illinois State University

3.7%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

George Mason University

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

23.5%

Business

18.6%

Computer Information Systems

6.3%

Information Technology

5.0%

Finance

4.7%

Computer Engineering

4.6%

Electrical Engineering

4.6%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Computer Applications

3.5%

Management

3.3%

Information Systems

3.2%

Marketing

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Mathematics

2.3%

Economics

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Computer Programming

1.9%

Communication

1.6%

Project Management

1.5%

Education

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.0%

Masters

34.8%

Other

9.0%

Associate

4.1%

Certificate

2.7%

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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Top Skills for A Developer Analyst

Pl/SqlDatabaseObjectsWebServicesProceduresSQLServerWindowsXPCustomObjectsFinancialUnixASPHtmlXMLC#.NETBusinessRequirementsTestScriptsETLWorkflowUserInterfaceDB2WebApplication

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Top Developer Analyst Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database Objects
  3. Web Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided the logical and the physical design using PL/SQL and Oracle Developer.
  • Created physical database objects from data model to physical database like tables, indexes, views, and triggers.
  • Developed Web services (Consuming & Publishing) for Interacting between WebPages and Business layer.
  • Revise, analyze and develop Branch operational and service procedures focused on organizational objectives and goals.
  • Completed developing this system in VB.NET with a SQL Server database and continue to provide enhancements and support.

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