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Working As An EDI 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 An EDI 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 An EDI 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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EDI Analyst Career Paths

EDI Analyst
EDI Consultant Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
EDI Business Analyst Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Systems Manager Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
EDI Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Analyst Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
EDI Consultant Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
EDI Coordinator 4.1 years
EDI Specialist 3.4 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
EDI 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
Interface Analyst 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
EDI Consultant 2.6 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 8.4%
Consultant 4.1%
Analyst 3.6%
Manager 3.0%
Programmer 2.9%
Top Employers After
Developer 7.6%
Consultant 3.7%
Manager 2.4%

EDI Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

52.7%

Female

46.5%

Unknown

0.8%
Ethnicity

White

71.7%

Asian

13.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Unknown

3.6%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.5%

Carrier

36.4%

Arabic

9.1%

French

9.1%
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EDI Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.7%

DePaul University

5.7%

George Mason University

5.7%

University of Alabama

4.5%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.5%

University of North Texas

4.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.5%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.5%

Sullivan University

4.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.5%

Temple University

3.4%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.4%

Central Michigan University

3.4%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

3.4%

Columbus State Community College

3.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.4%

Roosevelt University

3.4%

Houston Community College

3.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.4%
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Majors

Business

24.2%

Computer Science

17.5%

Information Technology

8.1%

Computer Information Systems

6.4%

Accounting

4.7%

Management Information Systems

4.3%

Management

3.8%

Information Systems

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Computer Programming

2.8%

Finance

2.8%

Project Management

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.1%

Psychology

2.1%

Computer Applications

1.9%

Computer Networking

1.9%

General Studies

1.7%

Education

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.4%

Other

18.7%

Masters

16.2%

Associate

11.3%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real EDI Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior EDI Analyst Activision Publishing, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Oct 01, 2015 $124,125
Senior EDI Analyst Activision Publishing, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jan 10, 2015 $124,125
SAP Sd/Edi Analyst Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC. Elyria, OH Sep 14, 2016 $113,000
Healthcare EDI Analyst Tekvana Inc. Malvern, PA Nov 05, 2016 $111,925
EDI Analyst AMKO Software Solutions, Inc. Charlotte, NC Apr 13, 2016 $105,934
EDI Analyst 2 Essendant Management Services LLC Deerfield, IL Mar 15, 2016 $103,000 -
$115,000
Senior EDI Analyst NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Feb 29, 2016 $100,500
Sterling Integrator EDI Analyst New Balance Athletics, Inc. Boston, MA May 07, 2016 $100,000
Senior EDI Analyst United States Cold Storage, Inc. Voorhees, NJ Aug 06, 2016 $99,500
EDI Analyst III Multiplan, Inc. Waltham, MA Oct 01, 2015 $99,138
EDI Analyst III Multiplan, Inc. Waltham, MA Mar 19, 2015 $96,909
EDI Analyst United Radio, Inc. DBA Bluestar Hebron, KY Aug 22, 2016 $96,554
EDI Analyst AMKO Software Solutions, Inc. La Vergne, TN Feb 22, 2015 $90,000
EDI Analyst Archents Inc. Dublin, OH Jul 22, 2016 $89,523
EDI Analyst Mars Infotech Inc. Cincinnati, OH Jul 25, 2016 $78,000
EDI Analyst New England It Associates, Inc. Quincy, MA Apr 02, 2015 $77,480
EDI Analyst Appsoft Solutions Inc. MA Aug 11, 2016 $75,000
EDI Analyst Appsoft Solutions Inc. Rockville, MD Sep 10, 2015 $75,000
EDI Analyst Appsoft Solutions Inc. MA Oct 22, 2015 $75,000
EDI Analyst/Developer Swiftant, LLC. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $75,000
EDI Analyst Charter Global, Inc. Duluth, GA Sep 16, 2016 $75,000
EDI Analyst Focus It Inc. Columbus, OH Mar 24, 2016 $69,638
EDI Analyst Focus It Inc. Durham, NC Dec 05, 2016 $69,638
EDI Analyst Maganti It Resources, LLC Chesterbrook, PA Feb 16, 2015 $68,000
EDI Analyst Focus It Inc. Tampa, FL Sep 16, 2015 $67,621
EDI Analyst Focus It Inc. El Segundo, CA Sep 16, 2015 $67,621
EDI Analyst Focus It Inc. Salinas, CA Sep 16, 2015 $67,621

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Top Skills for An EDI Analyst

SQLServerGentranServerElectronicDataInterchangeTransactionsProceduresAnsiX12PartnerSetupBusinessProcessesTestDataHipaaUnixXMLWindowsAS2StatusSAPIdocBusinessRequirementsTestCasesGXSTestPlansPurchaseOrders

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Top EDI Analyst Skills

  1. SQL Server
  2. Gentran Server
  3. Electronic Data Interchange Transactions
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Involved in the data migration from SQL Server 2005 to Oracle database.
  • Utilized Gentran Server for eCommerce integration with business partners including wholesalers, distributors and drug store chains.
  • Analyze, develop, test, and document client electronic file transfer programs and procedures.
  • Created outbound maps from application files and COBOL copy books to ANSI X12.
  • Worked with Developers in problem serving and resolving the issues with Trading Partner setup.

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