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Working As A Programmer Analyst-Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Programmer Analyst-Consultant 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 Programmer Analyst-Consultant

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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Programmer Analyst-Consultant Career Paths

Programmer Analyst-Consultant
Programmer Analyst Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Consultant Senior Accountant
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Account Manager Relationship Manager
Business Relationship Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Systems Analyst Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Analyst Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Systems Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Cobol Programmer 4.4 years
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Programmer Analyst-Consultant
Programmer 10.3%
Consultant 6.6%
Top Careers After Programmer Analyst-Consultant
Consultant 9.0%
Developer 2.4%
Programmer 2.2%

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Programmer Analyst-Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

68.0%

Female

26.5%

Unknown

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

57.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Asian

12.6%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Russian

28.6%

Spanish

21.4%

Vietnamese

7.1%

German

7.1%

Romanian

7.1%

Ukrainian

7.1%

Carrier

7.1%

Thai

7.1%

Italian

7.1%
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Programmer Analyst-Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.9%

The Academy

7.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

7.3%

More Tech Institute

7.3%

Drexel University

5.5%

New York University

4.5%

University of California - Berkeley

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

4.5%

DePaul University

4.5%

University of Houston

4.5%

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

Arkansas State University

3.6%

Boston College

3.6%

The Chubb Institute-Westbury

3.6%

University of North Texas

3.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.6%

Temple University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

30.6%

Business

13.2%

Computer Information Systems

7.6%

Computer Programming

7.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Management

3.3%

Finance

3.3%

Computer Applications

3.3%

Information Technology

3.3%

Management Information Systems

3.2%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Mathematics

3.2%

Information Systems

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Education

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Physics

1.6%

Management Science

1.3%

Engineering

1.3%

Computer Networking

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.6%

Masters

23.6%

Other

15.4%

Associate

8.2%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

3.7%

Doctorate

1.5%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Programmer Analyst-Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Programmer Analyst-Consultant in the United States is $75,309 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $59,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $95,000.

Real Programmer Analyst-Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Programmer Analyst/Sap Consultant Sita Corp Bethlehem, PA Jan 09, 2013 $133,000
Programmer Analyst/SAP Consultant Rayven It Solutions LLC Mason, OH Jan 26, 2016 $130,000 -
$132,500
Programmer Analyst/SAP Consultant Rayven It Solutions LLC Mason, OH Aug 03, 2015 $130,000 -
$132,500
Programmer Analyst/Sap Consultant Sita Corp Somerset, NJ Mar 01, 2013 $128,000
Programmer Analyst/Technology Consultant Connvertex Technologies Inc. Parkton, NC Nov 21, 2014 $126,000
Programmer Analyst/Sap Consultant Sita Corp Rosedale, IN Aug 11, 2014 $125,000
Programmer Analyst/Sap Consultant Sita Corp New York, NY May 11, 2014 $125,000
Programmer Analyst/Technology Consultant Connvertex Technologies Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Apr 06, 2015 $120,000
Programmer Analyst/Technology Consultant Connvertex Technologies Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 18, 2014 $120,000
Programmer Analyst/Technology Consultant Connvertex Technologies Inc. Hamilton, NJ May 16, 2014 $110,000
Programmer Analyst-SAP Consultant Code X, Inc. Richmond, VA Apr 17, 2013 $107,000
Programmer Analyst/Sr. .NET Consultant Technotec, Inc. Boston, MA Nov 24, 2014 $105,000
Programmer Analyst-SR. BI Consultant Windycity Technologies Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Jul 25, 2016 $82,000
Consultant/Programmer Analyst Loganbritton, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Feb 29, 2016 $81,894 -
$100,176
Programmer Analyst/Sap Consultant Streamline Technologies, Inc. Newark, DE Jul 01, 2013 $81,000
Programmer Analyst/Technology Consultant Connvertex Technologies Inc. Hamilton, NJ Jun 01, 2014 $81,000
Programmer Analyst/SAP Consultant Rayven It Solutions LLC Wilton, CT Aug 03, 2015 $80,000 -
$85,000
Programmer Analyst/SAP Consultant Rayven It Solutions LLC Edison, NJ Jan 19, 2015 $80,000 -
$100,000
Programmer Analyst/Technology Consultant Connvertex Technologies Inc. Mount Laurel, NJ Aug 18, 2014 $80,000
Programmer Analyst/Mcc Consultant Tetra Tech, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2014 $70,540
Programmer Analyst/Web Methods Consultant United Software Group Inc. Webster, MA May 25, 2016 $70,000
Programmer Analyst and Consultant Endeavour Software Technologies, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 31, 2015 $70,000
Programmer Analyst/Technology Consultant Connvertex Technologies Inc. West Sacramento, CA Aug 18, 2014 $70,000
Programmer Analyst/Technology Consultant Connvertex Technologies Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Jul 01, 2015 $70,000
Programmer Analyst/Technology Consultant Connvertex Technologies Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 18, 2014 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Programmer Analyst-Consultant

  1. SQL
  2. Cobol
  3. DB2
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  • Developed numerous programs using embedded SQL.
  • Participated in VSAM file conversion designing COBOL II programs that reformatted data files from the outside sources into various batch transactions.
  • Programmed, tested, debugged, and maintained COBOL/DB2/CICS/IMS programs from detailed and non-detailed specs for accounts receivables and customer billing systems
  • Provided Oracle database administrative support to various business entities, including Data Warehouses and Human Resources.
  • Monitor all CICS environments to assure availability to the development community.

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