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Working As A Lead Analyst/Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $102,371

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Analyst/Developer 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 Lead Analyst/Developer

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
Lead Data Analyst 2.6 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 8.9%
Consultant 3.5%
Programmer 3.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.9%
Analyst 3.1%

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Lead Analyst/Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.9%

Female

25.7%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

49.5%

Asian

22.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.0%

Japanese

20.0%

Portuguese

10.0%

Chinese

10.0%

French

10.0%

Hindi

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%
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Lead Analyst/Developer Education

Schools

Old Dominion University

8.3%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

8.3%

Saint Cloud State University

5.6%

Washington University in Saint Louis

5.6%

University of South Florida

5.6%

Harvard University

5.6%

Lehigh Carbon Community College

5.6%

American University

5.6%

University of Houston

5.6%

Rowan University

5.6%

Northeastern University

5.6%

San Francisco State University

5.6%

Colorado State University

5.6%

Villanova University

5.6%

Chaffey College

2.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.8%

Oklahoma Christian University

2.8%

Notre Dame College

2.8%

Rice University

2.8%

University of Connecticut

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

26.5%

Business

12.2%

Computer Applications

7.9%

Computer Information Systems

6.3%

Electrical Engineering

6.3%

Management

5.3%

Computer Engineering

4.8%

Finance

3.7%

Information Technology

3.7%

Engineering

3.2%

Education

3.2%

Information Systems

2.6%

Political Science

2.1%

Mathematics

2.1%

Biology

2.1%

Statistics

1.6%

Music

1.6%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Economics

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.0%

Masters

31.8%

Other

10.3%

Associate

5.0%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

2.9%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Real Lead Analyst/Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Analyst-Solutions Development NYU Langone Health System New York, NY Jan 12, 2016 $135,000
Lead Developer Analyst-Interwoven Legg Mason & Company, LLC Owings Mills, MD Jul 13, 2011 $127,405
Lead Programmer Analyst/Development Manager Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. NY Oct 31, 2011 $124,899
Lead Analyst, Application Development Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated Boston, MA Oct 01, 2015 $124,000 -
$131,000
Lead Developer Analyst/SAP The Irvine Company, LLC Irvine, CA Dec 24, 2016 $120,000 -
$160,000
Lead Developer Analyst New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. Lawrence, MA Sep 01, 2014 $116,400
Lead Developer/Analyst The Irvine Company, LLC Irvine, CA Dec 24, 2013 $116,000 -
$125,000
Lead Developer Analyst New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. Lawrence, MA Feb 18, 2013 $113,000
Oracle ERP Lead Developer/Analyst II Polaris Associates, Inc. DBA Fusion Objects Alpharetta, GA Mar 29, 2016 $111,384
Lead, Analyst-Development-Oracle Financials Cartus Corporation Danbury, CT Jun 01, 2016 $109,285 -
$114,285
Lead Programmer Analyst/Developer Adecco USA, Inc. Melville, NY Sep 30, 2015 $107,100
Pega Lead Developer/Analyst United Healthcare Services, Inc. Cypress, CA Jun 18, 2012 $106,371 -
$130,500
Lead Developer/Analyst The Irvine Company Newport Beach, CA Oct 12, 2009 $106,000 -
$118,000
Lead Developer/Analyst The Irvine Company LLC Newport Beach, CA Oct 21, 2009 $106,000 -
$118,000
Lead Analyst-SOA Development General Electric Company Van Buren, MI May 31, 2016 $105,000 -
$117,000
Pega Lead Developer/Analyst United Healthcare Services, Inc. Plymouth, MN Apr 26, 2012 $102,461 -
$105,700
IS Lead Analyst-Database Warehouse Developer Closure Systems International, Inc. Richmond, VA Feb 02, 2016 $102,003 -
$110,000
Lead SAP Abap Development Analyst Citrix Systems, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Mar 04, 2016 $100,000 -
$110,000
Lead SAP Abap Development Analyst/Systems Program Citrix Systems, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Mar 01, 2013 $100,000 -
$110,000
Lead Developer Analyst HMS Business Services, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 10, 2014 $98,904 -
$115,000
Lead Developer Analyst-Product Lifecycle Managem New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. Lawrence, MA Nov 04, 2013 $98,000
Lead Developer Analyst-Product Lifecycle Managem New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. Lawrence, MA Oct 28, 2013 $98,000
.NET Lead Developer and Analyst Alberg Software Inc. Naperville, IL Dec 22, 2009 $92,165
Team Lead Analyst Developer The Sherwin-Williams Company Cleveland, OH Mar 27, 2011 $91,439
Lead Developer/Analyst Health Management Systems, Inc. Irving, TX Jun 30, 2016 $91,200 -
$119,714
Lead Developer/Analyst HMS Irving, TX Mar 21, 2012 $90,000 -
$97,635
Lead Developer Analyst Hewitt Associates LLC Lincolnshire, IL Apr 03, 2009 $85,500
Lead Analyst-Model Development Synchrony Bank Alpharetta, GA Dec 11, 2015 $85,400
Lead Analyst-Model Development Synchrony Financial Alpharetta, GA Feb 13, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000
Lead Developer Analyst HMS Business Services, Inc. Irving, TX Apr 29, 2013 $84,000 -
$99,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Analyst/Developer

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  1. Extract Data
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Web
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  • Implemented Business logics, and Data Access Components using to extract data from IBM DB2 database.
  • Design and develop PL/SQL queries in Oracle SQL Developer to export them to lava storm 5.1.
  • Conducted analysis of current Web Methods production architecture, current requirements and target architecture.
  • Established procedures and documentation for all phases of conversion process; developed conversion implementation procedures for service bureau and license clients.
  • Developed business requirements and program design elements for Symphony business sales tool, across multiple business units within Dell.

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