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Working As A Functional Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $83,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Functional 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 Functional 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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Functional Analyst Career Paths

Functional Analyst
Functional Consultant Consultant Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Consultant Senior Accountant
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Consultant Program Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Manager, Program Management
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Sap-Sd Consultant Team Leader Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Sap-Sd Consultant Team Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Subject Matter Expert Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Sap-Sd Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Solutions Architect Technical Project Manager
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Quality Assurance Lead Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Principal Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Lead Technician Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Leader
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Functional Lead 2.5 years
Lead Consultant 2.4 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
SAP Analyst 2.3 years
ERP Consultant 2.3 years
Functional Analyst 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Functional Analyst
Consultant 7.1%
Analyst 4.9%
Internship 2.8%
Top Careers After Functional Analyst
Consultant 8.3%

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Functional Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

52.1%

Female

38.8%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

49.3%

Asian

20.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

12.1%

Unknown

6.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.6%

French

7.4%

Portuguese

4.4%

Chinese

4.4%

Mandarin

4.4%

Hindi

4.4%

Russian

4.4%

Arabic

4.4%

German

2.9%

Kannada

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Czech

1.5%

Dari

1.5%

Persian

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Urdu

1.5%

Tamil

1.5%

Hmong

1.5%

Italian

1.5%
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Functional Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.4%

Strayer University

9.1%

University of Maryland - University College

8.8%

George Mason University

8.3%

University of Washington

5.1%

Troy University

4.9%

Webster University

4.2%

American University

4.2%

University of Houston

3.9%

More Tech Institute

3.7%

Community College of the Air Force

3.4%

Park University

3.2%

George Washington University

3.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.2%

Cochise College

2.9%

Saint Leo University

2.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.7%

Texas A&M University

2.7%

Defense Acquisition University

2.7%

Howard University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

24.6%

Computer Science

10.1%

Accounting

7.2%

Computer Information Systems

6.3%

Information Technology

6.0%

Finance

5.5%

Management

4.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

Information Systems

4.0%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Computer Applications

3.1%

Engineering

3.1%

Computer Engineering

2.8%

Human Resources Management

2.8%

Supply Chain Management

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Project Management

2.0%

Marketing

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.8%

Masters

33.0%

Other

11.8%

Associate

4.1%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.2%
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How much does a Functional Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Functional Analyst in the United States is $83,897 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $109,000.

Real Functional Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP Functional Analyst Neoforte Solutions Group, LLC Oxnard, CA Jul 01, 2015 $244,179
Functional Analyst C&T Information Technology Consulting, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 11, 2015 $156,000
Functional Analyst Cignex Datamatics, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 30, 2015 $153,000
BPC Functional Analyst Servicenow, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 26, 2016 $148,331 -
$191,400
ERP Functional Analyst Ciber, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 09, 2016 $145,000
SAP Functional Analyst PVH Corp. Bridgewater, NJ Aug 22, 2016 $145,000
Functional SYS Analyst Staff Juniper Networks Sunnyvale, CA May 08, 2016 $145,000
Oracle Functional Analyst Elipsiq Incorporation Pleasanton, CA Oct 17, 2016 $142,500
Oracle Techno Functional Analyst Elipsiq Incorporation Pleasanton, CA Jul 12, 2016 $142,500
Principal ERP Functional Analyst Ciber, Inc. Collegeville, PA Aug 31, 2016 $142,500
Principal ERP Functional Analyst Ciber, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Aug 22, 2016 $142,500
Functional Analyst Populus Group LLC Bellevue, WA Nov 23, 2015 $141,916
ERP Functional Analyst Ciber, Inc. Jacksonville, FL May 01, 2015 $140,000
Functional Analyst Luxoft USA Inc. Jersey City, NJ Nov 14, 2016 $104,936
Functional Analyst (SME) CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $104,936 -
$151,900
Gbas Functional Analyst Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. Malvern, PA Mar 22, 2016 $104,754
Oracle Functional Analyst Expedia, Inc. Bellevue, WA Dec 21, 2015 $104,550 -
$130,000
SAP CAS Functional Analyst Accenture LLP Smithfield, VA Jul 15, 2016 $104,291
SAP CAS Functional Analyst Accenture LLP Eden Prairie, MN Jul 15, 2016 $104,291
SAP CAS Functional Analyst Accenture LLP Kansas City, MO Jul 15, 2016 $104,291
SAP CAS Functional Analyst Accenture LLP Saint Charles, IL Jul 15, 2016 $104,291
Functional Analyst (M) Hudson Data LLC Jersey City, NJ Sep 23, 2016 $84,198
SAP Functional Analyst Paccar Inc. Renton, WA Aug 27, 2015 $84,032 -
$108,500
Functional Analyst Luxoft USA Inc. Seattle, WA Feb 11, 2015 $84,032
Functional Analyst Luxoft USA Inc. Bellevue, WA Dec 18, 2015 $84,032
Associate, Functional Analyst, Corporate Banking & Services Db Global Technology Cary, NC May 17, 2016 $84,000
SAP Mm/Wm Functional Analyst Bizit Consultants, Inc. PA Sep 20, 2015 $84,000

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Top Skills for A Functional Analyst

  1. Business Requirements
  2. Modules
  3. Test Cases
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  • Designed dunning strategies in advance collection as per business requirements and helped improved the overall business cash collection process.
  • Worked extensively with MM and SD modules through everyday support and as part of project implementations/configuration.
  • Developed test cases and test scripts for the functional testing, System Integration Testing and Security Role Testing.
  • Defined business and functional requirements through analysis of potential alternatives and reviewed technology solutions to meet business processes.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in typing and maintained media data in accordance with standardized procedures.

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