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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

  • $98,932

    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
Senior Systems Engineer Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Principal Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Office Manager Human Resources Generalist
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Consultant/Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.3 years
Analyst Lead 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.8%
Programmer 4.7%
Analyst 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.6%
Manager 3.0%

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Lead System Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

68.3%

Female

29.3%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

55.1%

Asian

16.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

5.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.1%

German

13.9%

French

8.3%

Chinese

5.6%

Carrier

5.6%

Mandarin

5.6%

Danish

2.8%

Portuguese

2.8%

Vietnamese

2.8%

Romanian

2.8%

Turkish

2.8%

Cheyenne

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Cantonese

2.8%

Italian

2.8%
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Lead System Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.1%

Strayer University

8.8%

DePaul University

6.0%

Northern Illinois University

6.0%

Villanova University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.6%

More Tech Institute

5.6%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of Houston

3.7%

University of Connecticut

3.3%

Colorado Technical University

3.3%

Park University

2.8%

Auburn University

2.8%

Grambling State University

2.8%

Pennsylvania State University

2.8%

Old Dominion University

2.8%

Eastern Michigan University

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.7%

Business

17.9%

Computer Information Systems

9.7%

Electrical Engineering

6.8%

Information Technology

4.7%

Management

4.6%

Management Information Systems

4.4%

Project Management

4.1%

Information Systems

4.0%

Computer Applications

3.4%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Finance

2.5%

Accounting

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Computer Programming

2.0%

Computer Networking

1.7%

Education

1.6%

English

1.5%

Engineering

1.5%

Mathematics

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.6%

Masters

30.9%

Other

14.2%

Associate

6.0%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.1%
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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 14, 2015 $135,000
Lead Systems Analyst Wellington Management Company LLP Boston, MA Sep 21, 2015 $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 Vizient, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 14, 2016 $110,000
Lead Systems Analyst Greatbatch, Ltd. Clarence, NY Apr 14, 2015 $110,000
Lead Systems Analyst Devon Energy Corp Oklahoma City, OK Jun 29, 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 Feb 25, 2016 $94,000
Lead Systems Analyst Rapidit, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jan 03, 2016 $94,000
Lead Systems Analyst Rapidit, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Dec 04, 2016 $94,000

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  • Reviewed and negotiated vendor contracts; developing service level agreement verbiage to ensure vendor support met or exceeded business requirements.
  • Implemented a new nationwide data warehouse system providing automated clearing house services to all Federal Reserve districts.
  • Developed help desk and problem escalation procedures used to support user community and provide performance metrics for senior leadership.
  • Participated in designing production system architecture and fine tuning of web sphere configuration.
  • Utilized structured systems development methodologies to produce functional and technical specifications, test plans, and design requirements.

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