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Working As A Document Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Document 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 Document 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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Document Analyst Career Paths

Document Analyst
Document Specialist Technical Writer Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Document Specialist Office Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Document Specialist Office Manager Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Analyst Manager Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Business Analyst Account Manager
Client Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Business Analyst Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Account Manager
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Manager Property Manager
Asset Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Finance Analyst Senior Auditor
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Team Leader Program Manager
Manager, Program Management
9 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Project Coordinator Buyer
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Project Manager Partner
Managing Member
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Senior Business Analyst Quality Assurance Manager
Compliance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Manager Production Manager
Processing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Loan Processor Specialist Senior Analyst
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Loan Processor Quality Assurance Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Loan Processor Technician Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Document Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

58.1%

Male

31.5%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.3%

French

7.6%

Chinese

5.7%

Italian

4.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Portuguese

3.8%

Japanese

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Hindi

1.9%

Carrier

1.9%

Tagalog

1.9%

German

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Hmong

1.0%

Dari

1.0%

Russian

1.0%

Nepali

1.0%

Filipino

1.0%

Czech

1.0%

Persian

1.0%
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Document Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.2%

Strayer University

9.7%

University of Maryland - University College

5.7%

Pace University - New York

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.9%

George Mason University

4.9%

University of Houston

4.9%

Prince George's Community College

4.0%

Liberty University

4.0%

American University

3.6%

Kaplan University

3.6%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.6%

University of South Florida

3.2%

New York University

3.2%

Wayne State University

3.2%

Arizona State University

3.2%

Temple University

3.2%

Capella University

3.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.2%
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Majors

Business

28.2%

Law

8.2%

Finance

6.5%

Accounting

6.1%

Health Care Administration

5.6%

Management

4.2%

Criminal Justice

4.0%

Legal Support Services

3.9%

Psychology

3.9%

English

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Nursing

3.0%

Computer Science

2.9%

Communication

2.9%

Political Science

2.7%

Human Resources Management

2.7%

Marketing

2.4%

General Studies

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Information Technology

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.8%

Other

19.9%

Masters

16.3%

Associate

10.2%

Certificate

6.2%

Doctorate

5.6%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.4%
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Citi
Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Document Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Document Analyst in the United States is $78,494 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $121,000.

Real Document Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Electronic Document Interchange (EDI) Analyst BRG Sports, Inc. Irving, TX Sep 05, 2016 $116,000 -
$126,000
Clinical Documentation Improvement Analyst University Hospitals of Cleveland Cleveland, OH Sep 28, 2009 $75,000
Documentation Analyst Vedicsoft Solutions, Inc. Monterey Park, CA Sep 16, 2012 $72,238
Physician Systems Documentation Lead Analyst Adventist Health System Sunbelt Altamonte Springs, FL Feb 07, 2014 $72,000
Export Docmentation Analyst & Supervisor, N. Europe Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA), Inc. Rosemont, IL Oct 02, 2009 $63,000
Legal Compliance & Document Analyst Kalven Technologies Inc. Schaumburg, IL Sep 16, 2016 $51,000
Legal Compliance & Document Analyst Kalven Technologies Inc. Schaumburg, IL Sep 11, 2015 $49,254
Documentation Services Analyst Nxstage Medical, Inc. Lawrence, MA Aug 26, 2013 $48,000
Business and Documentation Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Tampa, FL May 23, 2011 $47,380
Import Documentation Analyst, Asia & FAR East Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA), Inc. Norfolk, VA Sep 24, 2014 $46,900
Export Documentation Analyst Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA), Inc. New York, NY Sep 04, 2013 $45,601
Documentation Analyst Prospect 33 LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $44,054 -
$58,967
Export Documentation Analyst Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA), Inc. Miami, FL Dec 12, 2013 $43,097
Documentation Analyst Swift Beef Company Greeley, CO Oct 01, 2012 $40,000 -
$45,000
Import Documentation Analyst, Asia & FAR East Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA), Inc. Norfolk, VA Jul 12, 2013 $38,000

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Top Skills for A Document Analyst

  1. Procedures
  2. Data Entry
  3. Ensure Compliance
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  • Developed procedures and tracking metrics for conversion of approximately 20,000 State Department Treaty documents into electronic format for records management purposes.
  • Analyzed confidential documents for litigation attorneys, coded legal and confidential documents by data entry in database.
  • Developed and administered Configuration Management Standards to ensure compliance to ISO9001.
  • Reviewed and analyzed auto loan applications for accuracy, and supporting documentation.
  • Improved efficiency and integrity of legal documents by helping to design and implement a rehabilitated, wholly electronic, filing system.

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