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Working As An Information Technology Lead Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $106,467

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Technology Lead 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 Information Technology Lead 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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Average Length of Employment
Analyst Lead 2.8 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.2%

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Information Technology Lead Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

65.2%

Female

33.3%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

52.7%

Asian

16.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

German

16.7%

Romanian

16.7%

Chinese

16.7%

Mandarin

16.7%
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Information Technology Lead Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.4%

Pace University - New York

7.1%

Central Connecticut State University

5.7%

More Tech Institute

5.7%

Georgia State University

5.7%

George Mason University

5.7%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

Iona College

4.3%

Saint Edward's University

4.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.3%

University of Arizona

4.3%

Eastern Michigan University

2.9%

Washington University in Saint Louis

2.9%

Miami University

2.9%

University of California - Berkeley

2.9%

North Carolina State University

2.9%

Georgia Southern University

2.9%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

2.9%

Cumberland County College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

18.3%

Computer Science

15.8%

Computer Information Systems

9.5%

Information Technology

8.5%

Management Information Systems

5.3%

Management

4.9%

Information Systems

4.9%

Electrical Engineering

4.6%

Computer Networking

3.5%

Computer Engineering

3.5%

Marketing

3.2%

Accounting

3.2%

Finance

2.8%

Engineering

2.5%

Computer Applications

2.1%

Mathematics

1.8%

Project Management

1.8%

Legal Support Services

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Psychology

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

28.3%

Other

17.6%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

0.8%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Information Technology Lead Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead IT Analyst Populus Group LLC Jersey City, NJ Nov 07, 2016 $187,830
IT Global Lead Systems Analyst, GSM Newmont International Services Limited Greenwood Village, CO Feb 11, 2016 $145,945
Lead IT Security Analyst Primetherapeutics Eagan, MN Jun 10, 2015 $136,635
Lead, IT Clinical Analyst (Inpatient Systems & Services) Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Nov 18, 2015 $133,786 -
$205,961
Lead IT Analyst Visteon Corporation Van Buren, MI Nov 23, 2016 $125,140
Lead IT Analyst Visteon Corporation Van Buren, MI Aug 24, 2015 $125,140
Lead IT Analyst Visteon Corporation Van Buren, MI Sep 01, 2015 $125,140
Lead Security IT Analyst Gap Inc. Pleasanton, CA Oct 08, 2014 $125,000
Lead IT Analyst ULTA, Inc. Bolingbrook, IL Aug 22, 2016 $125,000
Lead Security IT Analyst The Gap, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Oct 20, 2015 $120,349 -
$130,000
IT ERP Analyst Lead Regal-Beloit Corporation Grafton, WI Jul 25, 2016 $119,000
IT ERP Analyst Lead Regal-Beloit Corporation Grafton, WI Jul 25, 2015 $116,904
Lead IT Analyst, Regulatory Compliance Biogen IDEC, Inc. Cambridge, MA Dec 15, 2014 $116,262
IT Lead Analyst Technosoft Corporation Romulus, MI Sep 07, 2015 $115,000
IT Lead Analyst Zimmer, Inc. Warsaw, IN Dec 13, 2015 $106,554
Lead IT Security Analyst KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 28, 2013 $105,616
Lead IT Analyst/Developer The Sherwin-Williams Company Cleveland, OH Jul 22, 2015 $105,000 -
$115,000
IT ERP Analyst Lead Regal-Beloit Corporation Grafton, WI Aug 17, 2015 $105,000
IT Programs Manager/Lead Systems Analyst Blossom Solutions, Inc. Ellicott City, MD Sep 10, 2015 $103,251
IT ERP Analyst Lead Regal-Beloit Corporation Grafton, WI Jan 16, 2016 $102,907
IT ERP Analyst Lead Regal-Beloit Corporation Grafton, WI Dec 16, 2013 $100,000
IT ERP Analyst Lead Regal-Beloit Corporation Grafton, WI Aug 17, 2016 $100,000
Lead IT Operations Analyst-EDI Kellogg It Services Company Battle Creek, MI Apr 06, 2015 $95,000
IT ERP Analyst Lead Regal-Beloit Corporation Grafton, WI May 15, 2015 $94,483
IT ERP Analyst Lead Regal-Beloit Corporation Grafton, WI Feb 09, 2015 $93,435
IT ERP Analyst Lead Regal-Beloit Corporation Grafton, WI Sep 02, 2015 $93,435
IT ERP Analyst Lead Regal-Beloit Corporation Grafton, WI Jun 09, 2016 $92,000
IT ERP Analyst Lead Regal-Beloit Corporation Grafton, WI Sep 03, 2014 $91,887
Lead IT Network Analyst Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 15, 2016 $91,477

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  2. SQL
  3. Web
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  • Led process improvements for IT development and implementation procedures, as well as for operational business process redesign.
  • Used SQL and BMC to create test cases to unit test own coding as well as create user test cases.
  • Developed extensive cross-referenced answer guides and website content for call-takers; created and conducted formal computer-based training for call-takers.
  • Developed, authored, and implemented Progress Energy's Telecommunications Business Continuity Strategy and Critical Infrastructure Gap mitigation plans and strategies.
  • Developed a Global Marketing Data Warehouse System.

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