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Working As A Master Data Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Master 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 Master 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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Master Data Analyst Career Paths

Master Data Analyst
Datastage Developer Senior Software Engineer Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Datastage Developer Senior Software Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Datastage Developer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Purchasing Manager Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager Finance Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Business Development Manager Consultant/Project Manager
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
SAP Analyst Sap-Sd Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
SAP Analyst SAP Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
SAP Analyst Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Business Data Analyst Senior Data Analyst-
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Support Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Support Manager Help Desk Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Procurement Analyst Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Procurement Analyst Supply Chain Manager Process Improvement Manager
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Procurement Analyst Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Analyst Senior Consultant Technology Architect
Vice President, Technology
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
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Data Analyst 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Master Data Analyst
Data Analyst 13.8%
Analyst 5.3%
Cashier 4.8%
Consultant 4.4%
Internship 3.5%
Buyer 3.4%
Top Careers After Master Data Analyst
Data Analyst 15.7%
Analyst 7.1%
Consultant 4.9%
Buyer 4.0%
Cashier 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$54,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
American Sugar Refining
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Master Data Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Master Data Analyst in the United States is $77,703 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $54,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $110,000.

Real Master Data Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Master Prod Lifecycle Analyst (SAP Hana Solutions Hitachi Data Systems Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 05, 2014 $130,740 -
$183,000
Master Data Mngmnt Server for Product Info Mngmnt Innovative Systems Group, Inc. Glen Ellyn, IL Dec 15, 2010 $130,000
SAP Master Data Governance Prosoft Technology Group, Inc. Dublin, OH Apr 27, 2016 $120,000
Master Data Analyst Tate and Lyle Ingredients Americas LLC Hoffman Estates, IL Jun 09, 2016 $103,000 -
$115,000
Senior Master Data Analyst Becton, Dickinson and Company Franklin Lakes, NJ Jan 01, 2016 $100,755
Master Data Analyst Vishay Siliconix Santa Clara, CA Jan 26, 2016 $93,621
Master Data Analyst Frito-Lay, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 25, 2010 $88,100
ERP Analyst, Planning & Master Data (Faolm) Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc. Indianapolis, IN May 06, 2013 $85,051 -
$110,000
SAP Master Data & Configuration Analyst II Wise Alloys, LLC Muscle Shoals, AL May 12, 2014 $82,000
Master Data Functional Analyst Fresh Direct LLC Islandia, NY Jul 10, 2015 $81,266 -
$105,000
Master Data Functional Analyst Fresh Direct LLC Islandia, NY Jul 07, 2015 $80,995 -
$105,000
Master Data Analyst Otis Spunkmeyer, Inc. San Leandro, CA Sep 01, 2010 $80,000
Master Data Analyst Atmel Corporation San Jose, CA Apr 05, 2014 $79,859 -
$90,000
Master Data Analyst Becton, Dickinson and Company Franklin Lakes, NJ Feb 10, 2014 $75,000
Global Supply Chain Master Data Analyst Esco Corporation Portland, OR Oct 27, 2014 $72,242
SAP Master Data Business Analyst Limited Technology Services, Inc. Columbus, OH Sep 13, 2009 $72,000 -
$107,800
SAP Master Data Analyst (Information Systems) Mahle Industries, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Sep 13, 2016 $70,000 -
$80,000
Master Data Analyst, Americas Barry Callebaut USA LLC Chicago, IL Dec 10, 2013 $70,000
Master Data Analyst, Americas Barry Callebaut USA LLC Chicago, IL Jul 26, 2013 $70,000
Analyst, SAP Master Data Sigma-Aldrich Corporation Saint Louis, MO Sep 08, 2012 $67,000
SC Master Data Analyst Medtronic, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Aug 23, 2015 $66,500
Master Data Analyst Igate Technologies Inc. Toledo, OH Sep 19, 2014 $65,800
Master Data Analyst Igate Technologies Inc. Toledo, OH Aug 18, 2015 $65,800
Master Data Business Analyst Spiretech LLC Houston, TX Sep 11, 2014 $65,000
Master Data Analyst Siliconix, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 15, 2015 $65,000 -
$80,000
Master Data Analyst Atmel Corporation San Jose, CA Jan 23, 2012 $63,874 -
$83,850
Master Data Analyst Vishay Siliconix, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 01, 2012 $63,586 -
$65,000
Master Data Analyst Vishay Siliconix, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 21, 2011 $63,586 -
$65,000
Master Data Analyst Vishay Siliconix, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 15, 2012 $63,586 -
$65,000
Master Data Configuration Analyst I Medline Industries, Inc. Mundelein, IL Aug 10, 2015 $63,000

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Top Skills for A Master Data Analyst

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  2. Business Requirements
  3. Data Entry
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  • Contribute with management and business teams to develop and implement documentation and operational guidelines designed to support MDM and business strategies.
  • Provided technical support for order administration and finance by identifying and resolving data integrity, business process issues.

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Master Data Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

50.3%

Male

38.9%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

55.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Asian

14.5%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.5%

Portuguese

10.8%

French

8.1%

Swedish

2.7%

Hungarian

2.7%

Turkish

2.7%

Czech

2.7%

Romanian

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

German

2.7%

Malayalam

2.7%
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Master Data Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.4%

Purdue University

7.6%

Texas A&M University

5.0%

Oklahoma State University

5.0%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

4.2%

East Carolina University

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

Johns Hopkins University

4.2%

Bellevue University

4.2%

New York University

3.4%

Roosevelt University

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.4%

Ashford University

3.4%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.4%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.4%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.4%

Ohio State University

3.4%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Florida State University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

37.0%

Computer Science

7.7%

Accounting

7.2%

Finance

6.4%

Management

5.2%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Supply Chain Management

2.9%

Marketing

2.9%

Project Management

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Information Systems

2.1%

Civil Engineering

2.0%

Communication

1.8%

Industrial Engineering

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%

Management Science

1.6%

General Studies

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.1%

Masters

24.0%

Other

13.7%

Associate

9.3%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.1%
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