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Working As a Lead System Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead System 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 System 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 System Analyst Career Paths

Lead System Analyst
Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Business Development Manager Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Technical Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Applications Engineer Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Project Manager/Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Manager Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Project Manager/Analyst Infrastructure Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Implementation Manager Planning Manager Benefits Manager
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior System Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Lead System Analyst
Consultant 4.9%
Programmer 4.5%
Analyst 2.7%
Developer 2.0%
Top Careers After Lead System Analyst
Consultant 8.4%
Manager 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$100,000
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$81,000
Min 10%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
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$100,000
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Median 50%
$123,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Wellington Management
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Lead System Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead System Analyst in the United States is $100,457 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $81,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $123,000.

Real Lead System Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Lead Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 17, 2016 $170,000
Lead Systems Analyst MUFG Union Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2015 $155,000
Lead Systems Analyst/Architect Vuegen Technologies, Inc. Austin, TX Apr 11, 2016 $144,000
Systems Analyst Lead Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Allen, TX Jul 10, 2015 $142,000
Lead Systems Analyst Wellington Management Company LLP Boston, MA Sep 06, 2016 $140,000
Lead Systems Analyst MUFG Union Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2016 $139,650
Facets System Analyst Lead-Level V Blue Shield of California San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2016 $138,445
Lead Systems Analyst Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Mar 20, 2016 $138,362 -
$186,400
Lead Systems Analyst Wellington Management Company LLP Boston, MA Jan 12, 2015 $138,000
Lead Systems Analyst Wellington Management Company, LLP Boston, MA Dec 01, 2015 $138,000
Lead Systems Analyst Wellington Management Company LLP Boston, MA Sep 21, 2015 $135,000
Validation Lead, Battery Systems Nextev LLC San Jose, CA Aug 24, 2016 $135,000
Systems Analyst Lead Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Jul 17, 2015 $113,922 -
$138,400
Smts-Systems Engrg (Lead Systems Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Jun 02, 2016 $112,698
Lead Systems Analyst Surya Systems, Inc. Trevose, PA Aug 17, 2015 $111,426
Facets System Analyst Lead Blue Shield of California San Francisco, CA May 05, 2016 $111,400
Lead Systems Programmer Analyst Group Hospitalization and Medical Services, Inc. Washington, DC Mar 30, 2016 $110,880
Lead Systems Analyst Devon Energy Corp Oklahoma City, OK Jun 29, 2015 $110,000
Lead, Systems Analyst Vizient, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 14, 2016 $110,000
Lead Systems Analyst Greatbatch, Ltd. Clarence, NY Apr 14, 2015 $110,000
Lead Systems Analyst Ascii Group, LLC Farmington, MI Oct 05, 2016 $94,786 -
$100,000
Lead Systems Analyst EBIX Inc. Johns Creek, GA Jul 31, 2015 $94,500
Lead Systems Analyst Rapidit, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jun 30, 2016 $94,000
Lead Systems Analyst Rapidit, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Dec 04, 2016 $94,000
Lead Systems Analyst Rapidit, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jan 03, 2016 $94,000
Lead Systems Analyst Rapidit, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Feb 25, 2016 $94,000

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Top Skills for A Lead System Analyst

  1. Business Requirements
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  3. Data Warehouse
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  • Worked directly with stakeholders to create, analyze and propose recommendations on business requirements, processes, and functional specifications.
  • Work with lead developers in supporting VB.NET web application using SQL database and Autonomy Content Management Systems.
  • Implemented a new nationwide data warehouse system providing automated clearing house services to all Federal Reserve districts.
  • Designed their connectivity to NEC 2400 PBX and ACD systems, IBM OS/390 legacy applications, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Developed detailed systems requirements including technical requirements use and test cases.

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Lead System Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

63.6%

Female

27.5%

Unknown

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

55.4%

Asian

15.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

German

12.5%

French

10.0%

Mandarin

7.5%

Chinese

5.0%

Carrier

5.0%

Danish

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

Vietnamese

2.5%

Romanian

2.5%

Turkish

2.5%

Cheyenne

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Italian

2.5%
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Lead System Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.7%

Strayer University

9.0%

DePaul University

5.9%

Northern Illinois University

5.9%

Villanova University

5.2%

George Washington University

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.8%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.8%

More Tech Institute

3.8%

University of Houston

3.5%

Colorado Technical University

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.1%

University of Connecticut

3.1%

Northeastern University

3.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

2.8%

Michigan State University

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.6%

Business

18.6%

Computer Information Systems

9.4%

Electrical Engineering

6.6%

Information Technology

4.8%

Management

4.4%

Information Systems

4.0%

Management Information Systems

3.9%

Project Management

3.9%

Computer Applications

3.7%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Finance

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Accounting

2.6%

Mathematics

1.8%

Engineering

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Education

1.5%

Computer Programming

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.9%

Masters

33.0%

Other

13.1%

Associate

5.1%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.1%
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