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Working As An Engineering Systems Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Systems 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 Engineering Systems 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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Engineering Systems Analyst Career Paths

Engineering Systems Analyst
Systems Engineer Consultant Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Technician Specialist Senior System Administrator
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Delivery Manager Software Development Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Engineering Systems Analyst
Consultant 4.6%
Analyst 3.8%
Internship 3.6%
Programmer 3.4%
Top Careers After Engineering Systems Analyst
Consultant 7.0%
Manager 3.5%
Owner 2.5%

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Engineering Systems Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

71.0%

Female

20.8%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

55.9%

Asian

14.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Black or African American

11.6%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.2%

German

13.5%

Chinese

5.4%

Carrier

5.4%

Cantonese

5.4%

Portuguese

2.7%

Filipino

2.7%

Dakota

2.7%

French

2.7%

Mandarin

2.7%

Gothic

2.7%

Cheyenne

2.7%

Tagalog

2.7%

Russian

2.7%

Italian

2.7%
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Engineering Systems Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.5%

Strayer University

9.0%

University of Texas at Dallas

7.5%

George Washington University

6.0%

University of Southern California

6.0%

Colorado Technical University

6.0%

University of Maryland - University College

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Wayne State University

4.0%

University of South Florida

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

Old Dominion University

3.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.5%

Western Governors University

3.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.5%

Community College of the Air Force

3.0%

George Mason University

3.0%

University of Washington

3.0%

Drexel University

3.0%

Villanova University

2.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.7%

Business

14.2%

Computer Information Systems

9.7%

Electrical Engineering

8.2%

Information Technology

6.5%

Management Information Systems

4.0%

Computer Engineering

3.9%

Mathematics

3.8%

Project Management

3.5%

Information Systems

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.1%

Engineering

3.1%

Physics

3.1%

Management

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Education

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Aerospace Engineering

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.1%

Masters

31.6%

Other

13.6%

Associate

5.8%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.1%
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Median 50%
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Highest Paying State
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How much does an Engineering Systems Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Engineering Systems Analyst in the United States is $81,285 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $108,000.

Real Engineering Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineering Systems Analyst, Principal Broadcom Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 21, 2016 $140,000
System Analyst/Engineer Visual CITI, Inc. San Diego, CA Mar 15, 2016 $130,000
Engineering Systems Analyst, Principal Broadcom Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 06, 2015 $130,000
System Analyst/Engineer Visual CITI, Inc. Lindenhurst, NY Oct 22, 2015 $130,000
System Analyst/Engineer Visual CITI, Inc. Lindenhurst, NY Oct 26, 2015 $130,000
Software Engineer-Systems Analyst Groupon, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 06, 2014 $125,000 -
$160,000
Video Software Engineer and Systems Analyst Arrowsight, Inc. NY Sep 30, 2014 $106,049
Engineering Systems Analyst TYCO Electronics Corporation Harrisburg, PA Jun 14, 2016 $104,000
Systems Analyst/Systems Engineer O2 Technologies Inc. Irvine, CA Jun 16, 2015 $100,000
Video Software Engineer and Systems Analyst Arrowsight, Inc. NY Sep 30, 2014 $98,880
Systems Engineering Features Analyst/Manager Echostar Broadcasting Corporation Englewood, CO Feb 11, 2016 $98,623
Engineering Systems Analyst TYCO Electronics Corporation Harrisburg, PA Apr 21, 2016 $98,000
Manufacturing Engineering Systems Analyst With SAP Amcor Rigid Plastics USA, LLC Manchester, MI Oct 26, 2015 $96,554
Engineering Systems Analyst TYCO Electronics Corporation, A Te Connectivity LT Harrisburg, PA Dec 24, 2014 $83,000 -
$92,000
Reservoir Engineering Software Systems Analyst Micro Motion, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 25, 2015 $82,763
Systems Analyst/San Engineer Innovative Consulting Solutions, LLC Houston, TX Nov 01, 2016 $82,763
Engineering Systems Analyst TYCO Electronics Corporation, A Te Connectivity LT Harrisburg, PA Dec 24, 2014 $82,000 -
$92,000
Engineering Systems Analyst TYCO Electronics Corporation, A Te Connectivity LT Harrisburg, PA Apr 08, 2013 $81,000 -
$88,000
Systems Analyst-Web Engineer Huge, LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $80,000 -
$105,000
Systems Engineer Analyst XPO Enterprise Services, Inc. Portland, OR Jul 09, 2016 $79,999
Engineer II-Transportation System Analyst The Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC Golden, CO May 20, 2015 $71,947 -
$85,029
Engineering Systems Analyst TYCO Electronics Corporation, A Te Connectivity LT Harrisburg, PA Jul 08, 2013 $71,000 -
$81,000
Systems Analyst Engineer Simeio Solutions, LLC Jersey City, NJ Jul 14, 2016 $70,221 -
$110,000
Systems Analyst Engineer Simeio Solutions, LLC Jersey City, NJ Jul 07, 2016 $70,221 -
$110,000
Engineering Analyst Environmental Data Mgmt System/Marketing AARC Environmental Inc. Houston, TX Nov 14, 2016 $70,000
Systems Analyst/Project Engineer Vayusoft Solutions Inc. Columbia, MD Sep 03, 2014 $69,100
Systems Analyst/Electrical Engineer Innovative Engineering Systems, Inc. Bakersfield, CA Sep 03, 2014 $68,308

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Top Skills for An Engineering Systems Analyst

  1. Windows XP
  2. Data Analysis
  3. Pl/Sql
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  • Reloaded and imaged Microsoft Windows XP workstations and laptops for business application testing.
  • Performed data analysis of customer data in order to meet specified program requirements.
  • Implemented detail program specification documents using tool like COBOL, PL/SQL, SYNCSORT, Shell Script in AIX based UNIX environment.
  • Generated and compiled defected and specification reports with recommended improvements and/or new requirements for business processes as well as operational procedures.
  • Project management and coordination activities to include preparing project budgets, tracking contract and financial statuses, and overall project coordination.

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