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Working As A Lead Systems Specialists

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

  • Repetitive

  • $97,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Systems Specialists 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 Systems Specialists

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 Systems Specialists Demographics

Gender

Male

70.5%

Female

28.0%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Russian

16.7%

German

11.1%

Carrier

11.1%

Portuguese

5.6%

Romanian

5.6%

French

5.6%

Thai

5.6%

Italian

5.6%
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Lead Systems Specialists Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

7.3%

Capella University

7.3%

More Tech Institute

7.3%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

Western Governors University

4.9%

Indiana Institute of Technology

4.9%

Community College of the Air Force

4.9%

Pierce College at Puyallup

4.9%

Troy University

4.9%

University of Louisville

4.9%

University of Mobile

4.9%

Mercer University

4.9%

Rowan University

4.9%

Northern Illinois University

4.9%

Ottawa University

4.9%

New England Institute of Technology

4.9%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.9%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.9%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.4%
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Majors

Business

22.9%

Computer Information Systems

11.8%

Computer Science

11.8%

Electrical Engineering

9.7%

Information Technology

6.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.5%

Management

2.8%

Psychology

2.8%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.8%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.8%

Nursing

2.8%

Engineering

2.8%

Drafting And Design

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Finance

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Project Management

2.1%

Computer Applications

2.1%

Computer Networking

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.2%

Masters

21.4%

Other

20.4%

Associate

8.7%

Certificate

5.8%

License

0.5%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Real Lead Systems Specialists Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP System Specialist/Lead Accenture, LLP Chicago, IL May 09, 2013 $122,100
Lead System Specialist Verizon Business Network Services Inc. East Meadow, NY Jul 26, 2013 $121,994
Lead System Specialist Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates San Jose, CA Aug 22, 2016 $116,438
Lead System Specialist-SYS Anly & Prog (Software Verizon Data Services, LLC Freehold, NJ Oct 25, 2012 $114,371
Lead SAP Specialist-Refining Systems Valero Energy Corporation San Antonio, TX Sep 03, 2013 $114,000
Lead Systems Specialist-Systems Analysis & Program Verizon Business Network Services, Inc. Richfield, MN Sep 17, 2011 $113,322
Lead System Integration Specialist Carefirst of Maryland Inc. Owings Mills, MD Aug 14, 2010 $112,227
Lead System Specialist-Software Engineer MCI Communications Services, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 03, 2014 $110,000
MTS Specialist-Systems Engineering (Lead System Specialist) Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Oct 25, 2016 $109,686
Lead Control Systems Specialist LHP Software, LLC Columbus, IN May 16, 2011 $108,000
MTS Specialist-System Engineering (Lead System SPE Verizon Data Services LLC Piscataway, NJ Apr 25, 2014 $100,102
Lead System Specialist-It Quality Assurance Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Mar 30, 2012 $100,000
Lead System Specialist (System Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Silver Spring, MD May 18, 2010 $97,400
Lead System Specialist Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Atlanta, GA Jun 23, 2015 $97,000
Lead Systems Specialist-Systems Analysis and Progr Hughes Telematics, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jul 22, 2013 $97,000
Lead System Specialist (Software Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Silver Spring, MD May 28, 2012 $96,608
MTS IV Specialist-Systems Engineering (Lead SYS SP Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Oct 25, 2013 $96,500
Lead Systems Specialist-Sys Analysis & Programs (S Verizon Data Services LLC Temple Terrace, FL Oct 28, 2011 $96,446
MTS Specialist-System Engineering (Lead System SPE Verizon Data Services LLC Temple Terrace, FL Oct 20, 2014 $90,571
Lead Systems Specialist-Database Analysis Verizon Business Network Services, Inc. Cary, NC Aug 21, 2012 $90,438
Lead System Specialist-It Quality Assurance Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Nov 09, 2011 $90,000
Lead System Specialist-System Analysis & Programs Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Feb 23, 2012 $90,000
Lead Systems Specialist-Database Analysis (Soft./S Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Feb 12, 2012 $89,434
Lead Systems Specialist-Database Analysis (Soft./S Verizon Data Services LLC Grapevine, TX Feb 12, 2012 $89,434
Lead Tibco Systems Administration Specialist The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America Bethlehem, PA Jan 29, 2010 $89,211 -
$125,000
Lead Systems Specialist-Database Analysis Verizon Data Services LLC Temple Terrace, FL Dec 07, 2011 $89,122

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Lead Systems Specialists

Average Yearly Salary
$97,000
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$73,000
Min 10%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$129,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Salesforce
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Lead Systems Specialists make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Systems Specialists in the United States is $97,699 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $73,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $129,000.

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Top Skills for A Lead Systems Specialists

  1. Customer Service
  2. Technical Support
  3. Business Requirements
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  • Provided customer service, guidance, and supervision to sub contractors and various site staff within the hospital and remote clinics.
  • Provided technical support to store personnel regarding software and hardware components.
  • Provided innovative technology solutions by translating business requirements into workable application designs and specifications while meeting budgetary constraints.
  • Developed test plans, test cases, executed test scripts for System and Integrated testing.
  • Perform Customer Owner/Operator training on the HVAC control system and complying with the contract/project requirements.

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