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Working As A Lead Data Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $85,800

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Data 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 Lead Data 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
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Lead Data Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Design Analyst 2.8 years
Data Architect 2.6 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Data Analyst 2.3 years
Data Consultant 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Data Analyst 21.8%
Consultant 8.2%
Developer 4.0%
Internship 3.5%
ETL Lead 3.0%
Programmer 3.0%
Top Employers After
Data Analyst 16.7%
Consultant 5.6%
Owner 2.1%

Lead Data Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

64.9%

Female

32.3%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Asian

23.3%

Hispanic or Latino

8.6%

Unknown

3.1%

Black or African American

1.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.8%

Italian

9.7%

Portuguese

6.5%

German

6.5%

French

6.5%

Mandarin

6.5%

Russian

6.5%

Korean

6.5%

Chinese

3.2%

Vietnamese

3.2%

Romanian

3.2%

Dutch

3.2%

Hindi

3.2%

Urdu

3.2%

Cantonese

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%
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Lead Data Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

Arizona State University

5.8%

New York University

5.8%

Seton Hall University

5.8%

Kent State University

5.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.8%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

San Diego State University

4.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Johns Hopkins University

4.3%

University of Arizona

4.3%

University of California - Berkeley

4.3%

Stanford University

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

University of Delaware

4.3%

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

2.9%

James Madison University

2.9%

Remington College

2.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

17.4%

Business

15.9%

Information Technology

5.8%

Statistics

5.4%

Computer Information Systems

5.4%

Finance

5.1%

Psychology

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Political Science

3.6%

Mathematics

3.6%

Computer Applications

3.3%

Information Systems

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

Communication

2.9%

Economics

2.5%

Engineering

2.5%

International Business

2.2%

Management

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.9%

Masters

35.7%

Other

13.3%

Associate

4.9%

Doctorate

3.5%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

1.2%
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Real Lead Data Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Data Analyst Teladoc Inc. Greenwich, CT Jul 28, 2014 $150,000
Lead Data Analytics Analyst The Options Clearing Corporation Chicago, IL Nov 07, 2016 $150,000
Lead Data Analyst MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Monterey Park, CA Nov 14, 2016 $142,000
Lead Data Analyst Esurance Insurance Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 22, 2016 $132,000
Lead Data Analyst Esurance Insurance Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 24, 2016 $132,000
Senior Lead, Data Informatics Analyst Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 01, 2013 $130,250
Lead Data Scientist/Analyst Blackhawk Network, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 31, 2015 $130,000
Lead Data Analyst General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Aug 17, 2015 $125,000 -
$135,000
Lead Analyst-Data and Model Process GE Capital Corporation New York, NY Nov 03, 2014 $120,000
Lead Manager-Data Analyst AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company Jersey City, NJ May 01, 2014 $120,000
Lead, Data Informatics Analyst Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 03, 2011 $120,000
Data Analyst, EIM Lead Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Stamford, CT Nov 26, 2015 $117,935
Lead Data Analyst, Fraud Analytics Barclays Bank Delaware Wilmington, DE Aug 10, 2015 $116,270
Lead Data Analyst E*Trade Financial Corporation Alpharetta, GA Jun 14, 2016 $115,000
Lead Data Analyst E*Trade Financial Corporation Jersey City, NJ Dec 14, 2015 $112,900 -
$115,000
Lead Data Analyst E*Trade Financial Corporation Jersey City, NJ Aug 15, 2015 $112,715 -
$115,000
Lead Data Analyst E*Trade Financial Corporation Jersey City, NJ Aug 17, 2015 $112,715 -
$115,000
Lead Sustain Data Analyst Onstar Corporation Detroit, MI Jan 02, 2014 $110,016
Lead Sustain Data Analyst Onstar Corporation Detroit, MI Dec 19, 2014 $110,016
Lead Data Analyst, Credit Risk Barclays Bank PLC Islandia, NY Nov 14, 2012 $110,000 -
$130,000
Lead Analyst-Data Science Infosys Limited Englewood Cliffs, NJ Oct 10, 2016 $108,555
Lead Data Analyst at&T Services, Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 28, 2011 $108,000
Lead Data Analyst Fast Switch Ltd Columbus, OH May 16, 2016 $104,350
Lead Analyst-Data Science Infosys Limited VA Jul 11, 2016 $101,744
Lead Analyst-Data Science Infosys Limited Atlanta, GA Mar 10, 2016 $101,744
Lead Analyst-Data & Model Process GE Capital Corporation New York, NY Dec 19, 2014 $100,000 -
$110,000
Lead Data Analyst Datagence, Inc. Red Bank, NJ Apr 01, 2016 $95,000
Data Analyst/Lead Globalenglish Corporation Brisbane, CA Oct 01, 2010 $92,872 -
$96,720
Lead Data Analyst Knack Systems LLC East Rutherford, NJ Jun 02, 2013 $92,000
Lead Analyst, Data Warehouse Reporting Closure Systems International, Inc. Richmond, VA Jan 01, 2013 $90,015

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Top Skills for A Lead Data Analyst

ExtractDataSQLServerETLDataAnalysisProceduresBusinessRequirementsDataWarehouseWebFinancialDataDataAnalyticsDataManagementDataQualityDataModelUnixArchitectureXMLPersonalInformationDB2Pl/SqlLegacy

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Top Lead Data Analyst Skills

  1. Extract Data
  2. SQL Server
  3. ETL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed Data extraction process to extract data from BPCS legacy system.
  • Team Lead of several data archival and integrity projects where data is moved from ERP systems onto Oracle 12c/SQL Server platforms.
  • Implemented and Instructed ETL best practices in all the phases of Data Warehousing life cycle.
  • Performed data analysis using Excel 2003.
  • Audited 250 documents ensuring quality control procedures and process were consistence with company policy for producing digital files in specified format.

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