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Working As A Lead Project Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $100,239

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Project 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 Project 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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Lead Project Analyst Career Paths

Lead Project Analyst
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Senior Project Manager Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Business Developer Project Analyst
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Program/Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Business Analyst Finance Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Solutions Architect Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Analyst Lead 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 6.8%
Programmer 3.8%
Analyst 2.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.5%
Analyst 3.4%
Manager 2.9%

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Lead Project Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

62.4%

Female

35.2%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

54.2%

Asian

16.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

18.8%

Portuguese

12.5%

Chinese

12.5%

German

12.5%

Swahili

6.3%

Turkish

6.3%

French

6.3%

Amharic

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

Cheyenne

6.3%

Russian

6.3%
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Lead Project Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

8.5%

Strayer University

7.0%

DePaul University

5.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.6%

Syracuse University

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.2%

University of Washington

4.2%

Troy University

4.2%

Georgetown University

4.2%

Wichita State University

4.2%

Kaplan University

4.2%

Case Western Reserve University

4.2%

Hofstra University

4.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.2%

Metropolitan State University

4.2%

Wayne State College

2.8%

University of Memphis

2.8%

University of South Florida

2.8%

Saint John's University - New York

2.8%
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Majors

Business

26.6%

Computer Science

14.7%

Project Management

7.2%

Computer Information Systems

7.2%

Management

5.0%

Information Technology

5.0%

Management Information Systems

4.4%

Finance

4.4%

Computer Programming

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.8%

Accounting

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Computer Applications

1.9%

Information Systems

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Computer Technical Support

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Data Processing

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.3%

Masters

32.6%

Other

16.2%

Associate

6.1%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Real Lead Project Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Seismic Imaging Analyst-Project Leader Cggveritas Services (Us) Inc. Houston, TX Sep 22, 2010 $116,100
Project Lead/Tech Analyst Sagarsoft, Inc. Glastonbury, CT Sep 01, 2015 $114,785
Seismic Imaging Analyst-Project Leader Cggveritas Services (Us) Inc. Houston, TX Sep 23, 2010 $113,400
Seismic Imaging Analyst-Project Leader Cggveritas Services (Us) Inc. Houston, TX Sep 23, 2010 $106,800
Project Lead-Senior Analyst Masco Administrative Services, Inc. Daytona Beach, FL Oct 30, 2009 $105,000
Project Lead Analyst Technosoft Corporation Overland Park, KS Sep 13, 2014 $100,000 -
$150,000
Project Lead/Analyst Polo Ralph Lauren Lyndhurst, NJ Nov 13, 2010 $100,000
Lead Project Analyst-Application Team Lead Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings Irvine, CA Apr 25, 2011 $94,224 -
$100,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Project Analyst

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  1. Business Requirements
  2. SQL
  3. Process Improvement
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  • Develop business requirements and use cases for specialty lab systems through extensive interviews with pathologists and other key stakeholders.
  • Completed physical design and implementation of RDBMS and quoting system with Oracle 8i and SQL Server on an HP 9000.
  • Assisted and recommended improvements to import functionality, standards and process improvements.
  • Coordinated end-to-end project management for large-scale, concurrent technology development projects.
  • Worked with IT cooperative to integrate website application into company s service inbound telephony systems.

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