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Working As A Director Of Informatics

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Informatics 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 Director Of Informatics

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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Director Of Informatics Demographics

Gender

Male

46.7%

Female

44.2%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

German

25.0%

French

25.0%

Director Of Informatics Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.0%

Walden University

13.0%

New York University

6.5%

University of Saint Francis

5.2%

University of New Haven

5.2%

Northwestern University

5.2%

Eastern Michigan University

3.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.9%

Western Governors University

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.9%

University of Louisville

3.9%

Capella University

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

3.9%

George Mason University

3.9%

Santa Fe Community College

2.6%

Rush University

2.6%
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Majors

Nursing

32.1%

Business

14.9%

Health Care Administration

7.9%

Computer Information Systems

7.0%

Information Systems

4.2%

Management

3.7%

Computer Science

3.7%

Medical Illustration And Informatics

3.3%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.3%

Chemistry

2.3%

Statistics

1.9%

Political Science

1.9%

Medicine

1.9%

Health And Wellness

1.9%

Finance

1.9%

Biomedical Engineering

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Public Health

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

49.8%

Bachelors

24.1%

Doctorate

12.0%

Other

7.2%

Certificate

4.5%

Associate

2.1%

Diploma

0.3%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Director Of Informatics make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director Of Informatics in the United States is $86,415 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $173,000.

Real Director Of Informatics Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Nursing Informatics Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle, WA Apr 28, 2013 $169,374
Director of Research Informatics Northshore University Healthsystem Evanston, IL Aug 15, 2015 $167,903
Director of Nursing Informatics Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2010 $155,502
Director, Clinical Informatics Daughters of Charity Health System Redwood City, CA Oct 22, 2012 $151,440
Director, Clinical Research Informatics Northshore University Healthsystem Evanston, IL Aug 15, 2012 $150,000
Director, Healthcare Informatics Resmed Corp. San Diego, CA Jul 15, 2012 $150,000
Director-Health Informatics Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Piscataway, NJ Feb 16, 2016 $146,430
Director of Research Informatics Northshore University Healthsystem Evanston, IL May 01, 2015 $130,000 -
$160,000
Director, Health Informatics Prime Healthcare Anaheim LLC Anaheim, CA Jan 11, 2016 $100,006
Director, Health Informatics Prime Healthcare Anaheim LLC La Palma, CA Jan 11, 2016 $100,006
Director, Health Informatics Prime Healthcare Management, Inc. Ontario, CA Jan 11, 2016 $100,006
Director, Research Informatics The Curators of The University of Missouri Columbia, MO Apr 15, 2016 $100,000
Director of Healthcare Informatics X-Ray X-Press Houston, TX Mar 30, 2013 $100,000
Director of Medical Informatics Consultants In Laboratory Medicine of Greater Tole Toledo, OH Nov 18, 2011 $70,824 -
$90,000
Director of Healthcare Informatics X-Ray X-Press Houston, TX Mar 30, 2010 $68,000
Director of Healthcare Informatics X-Ray X-Press and Advanced Diagnostics Houston, TX Dec 31, 2009 $67,683
Director of Healthcare Informatics X-Ray X-Press Corporation Houston, TX Jan 21, 2010 $67,226 -
$68,000
Director of Engineering Department and Informatics Technolog Caribbean University Bayamn, PR May 01, 2015 $55,200

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Top Skills for A Director Of Informatics

  1. Medical Records
  2. Health Care
  3. Patient Care
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  • Directed the deployment of a new centralized scanning infrastructure within the Medical Records (HIM) Department.
  • Worked with community agencies to provide necessary education to outside health care organizations.
  • Ensured organization fully utilized health technology most efficiently for performance, patient care and revenue capture.
  • Supervised the Staffing Office for the management of clinical staffing, scheduling and analysis of departmental budget.
  • Provided clinical subject matter expertise to translate data requirements into specifications for clinical information systems.

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