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Working As A Junior Systems Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior 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 A Junior 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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Junior Systems Analyst Career Paths

Junior Systems Analyst
Systems Analyst Business Analyst Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Systems Engineer Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Programmer Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Analyst Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Information Technology Consultant Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Support Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Junior Systems Analyst
Internship 8.9%
Programmer 8.1%
Assistant 3.0%
Trainee 3.0%
Top Careers After Junior Systems Analyst
Consultant 6.4%
Internship 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$65,000
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$51,000
Min 10%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Levi, Ray & Shoup
Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Junior Systems Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Junior Systems Analyst in the United States is $65,933 per year or $32 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $51,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $84,000.

Real Junior Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
JR. Systems Analyst Populus Group LLC Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Mar 10, 2016 $77,219
Junior Analyst-Enterprise Systems J. Crew Group, Inc. New York, NY Aug 20, 2016 $75,000
JR. SAP Systems Analyst Arvato Digital Services LLC Pleasant Prairie, WI Jul 09, 2009 $75,000
JR. SAP Systems Analyst Arvato Digital Services LLC Pleasant Prairie, WI Jul 10, 2009 $75,000
Junior Systems Analyst Ness USA, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 15, 2016 $69,805
Junior Systems Analyst Engagepoint, Inc. Calverton, MD Aug 25, 2015 $67,621
Junior Systems Analyst Engagepoint, Inc. Linthicum, MD Aug 01, 2014 $65,000
Junior Systems Analyst Net Esolutions Corporation McLean, VA Oct 01, 2011 $65,000
Systems Analyst Junior Orionsoft, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Oct 01, 2009 $63,300 -
$63,400
Junior Systems Analyst Ecifm Solutions, Inc. San Ramon, CA Dec 15, 2012 $63,000
JR. System Analyst Unicorn Technologies LLC Alpharetta, GA Nov 19, 2015 $62,000
Systems Analyst Junior ZL Technologies, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2012 $61,963
Junior System Analyst Engagepoint, Inc. Linthicum, MD Aug 01, 2014 $60,000
JR. Systems Analyst Acclaris, Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 17, 2013 $60,000
JR. Associate Systems Analyst Life Technologies Corporation Grand Island, NY Oct 01, 2011 $58,115 -
$77,800
JR. SAS Systems Analyst Qualex Consulting Services, Inc. North Miami, FL Sep 24, 2015 $58,000
JR. Systems Analyst Cosmic-I LLC McLean, VA Sep 18, 2009 $57,824
JR Systems Functional Analyst (SOC .07) Niagara Bottling, LLC Ontario, CA Aug 14, 2015 $55,000
JR. Systems Analyst (IBM Tivoli/Ibm AIX) INDU LLC D/B/A Intigrow Duluth, GA Apr 05, 2010 $54,246
JR. Systems Analyst (IBM Tivoli/Ibm AIX) INDU LLC D/B/A Intigrow Duluth, GA Jul 07, 2010 $54,246

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Top Skills for A Junior Systems Analyst

  1. Database
  2. Procedures
  3. Technical Support
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  • Processed and posted all payments received while preparing various financial spreadsheets and reports and maintaining several databases.
  • Analyzed research on operational procedures and methods and recommend changes for improvement - with an emphasis on automation and efficiency.
  • Provided technical support and interfaced with end users as well as perform network preventative maintenance based upon leadership direction.
  • Developed reports using Crystal Reports and PL-SQL, ensured performance, high availability, data quality and tacking the business necessities.
  • Performed scheduled/unscheduled hardware/software maintenance & troubleshooting on Windows XP & Windows 7 PC's, & printers.

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  5. Rhode Island
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Junior Systems Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

55.3%

Female

35.3%

Unknown

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

52.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

13.7%

Asian

11.9%

Unknown

7.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.4%

Portuguese

11.1%

German

11.1%

Chinese

5.6%

French

5.6%

Russian

5.6%

Carrier

5.6%

Cheyenne

5.6%

Mandarin

5.6%
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Junior Systems Analyst Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

13.2%

University of Phoenix

11.8%

Towson University

7.9%

College of Southern Maryland

6.6%

Northeastern University

6.6%

George Mason University

6.6%

Kent State University

5.3%

Strayer University

5.3%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

3.9%

Athens State University

3.9%

Cambridge College

3.9%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.9%

Troy University

2.6%

Upper Iowa University

2.6%

Georgetown University

2.6%

Western Governors University

2.6%

Western Michigan University

2.6%

Temple University

2.6%

Morgan State University

2.6%

Prairie View A & M University

2.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

17.6%

Business

16.5%

Information Technology

11.7%

Computer Information Systems

9.9%

Information Systems

7.0%

Management Information Systems

4.8%

Computer Networking

4.8%

Management

2.9%

Finance

2.9%

Accounting

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Computer Systems Security

2.6%

Computer Technical Support

2.2%

Human Resources Management

2.2%

Communication

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

Information Sciences

1.5%

Project Management

1.5%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

Interdisciplinary Studies

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.4%

Masters

25.3%

Other

13.4%

Associate

10.8%

Certificate

2.0%

Diploma

1.1%
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