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Working As A Programmer Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $69,805

    Average Salary

What Does A Programmer 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 Programmer 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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Programmer Analyst Career Paths

Programmer Analyst
Senior Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Functional Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Human Resources Generalist Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Accounts Payable Clerk Senior Accountant
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Programmer 23.3%
Consultant 6.9%
Developer 3.6%
Internship 2.3%
Analyst 1.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.5%
Programmer 3.5%
Developer 3.0%

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Programmer Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

68.8%

Female

28.3%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

52.2%

Asian

21.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

4.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.4%

French

13.6%

German

5.5%

Russian

5.3%

Japanese

4.7%

Hindi

4.4%

Chinese

4.0%

Carrier

3.8%

Mandarin

3.4%

Portuguese

3.4%

Arabic

2.8%

Italian

2.3%

Cantonese

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Tamil

1.5%

Urdu

1.5%

Telugu

1.3%

Dutch

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Bengali

1.1%
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Programmer Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.5%

More Tech Institute

6.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.9%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

DePaul University

5.2%

George Mason University

5.1%

University of Houston

4.7%

Northeastern University

4.7%

George Washington University

4.6%

Northern Illinois University

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.3%

New York University

4.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

Villanova University

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

Webster University

3.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.1%

Business

12.4%

Computer Information Systems

9.2%

Information Technology

5.1%

Computer Engineering

4.9%

Electrical Engineering

4.9%

Management Information Systems

4.2%

Information Systems

3.8%

Computer Programming

3.4%

Computer Applications

3.4%

Mathematics

2.9%

Engineering

2.5%

Management

1.9%

Project Management

1.8%

Finance

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Education

1.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering

0.9%

Physics

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.7%

Masters

30.1%

Other

11.4%

Associate

6.7%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.0%
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Real Programmer Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Programmer Analyst Advancesoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 12, 2016 $127,379
Programmer Analyst Advancesoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 30, 2016 $127,379
Programmer Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 08, 2016 $127,379 -
$128,000
Programmer Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2015 $125,757
Programmer Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 15, 2015 $125,757
Programmer Analyst SRM Soft LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 13, 2016 $108,139
Programmer Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA May 04, 2015 $107,702
Programmer Analyst JS Info Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 02, 2016 $107,702
Programmer Analyst Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 18, 2015 $107,702
Programmer Analyst Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 06, 2016 $100,000
Programmer Analyst HS Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 24, 2018 $99,133
Programmer Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Programmer Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Programmer/Analyst Protege, LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 12, 2015 $95,000 -
$105,000
Programmer/Analyst Protege, LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 12, 2015 $95,000 -
$105,000
Programmer Analyst Bytefield Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 26, 2018 $92,050
Programmer Analyst Smart Works, LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 02, 2017 $91,000
Programmer Analyst Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 19, 2017 $90,646
Programmer Analyst Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 07, 2018 $90,646
Programmer Analyst Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 06, 2018 $90,646
Programmer Analyst Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 06, 2015 $90,000
Programmer Analyst Reliable Software Resources, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 07, 2017 $90,000
Programmer Analyst Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 11, 2016 $90,000
Programmer Analyst Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 13, 2015 $90,000
Programmer Analyst Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 25, 2015 $89,669
Programmer Analyst Advancesoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 02, 2016 $89,669
Programmer Analyst Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 07, 2016 $88,878
Programmer Analyst Advancesoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 12, 2016 $88,878
Programmer Analyst Advancesoft Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 30, 2016 $88,878
Programmer Analyst SRS Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 21, 2016 $85,000
Programmer/Analyst Protege, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 29, 2016 $85,000 -
$100,000
Programmer Analyst PPD Development, L.P. Ashburn, VA Jan 25, 2017 $85,000 -
$95,000
Programmer Analyst Iconnect LC Ashburn, VA Oct 23, 2017 $84,864
Programmer Analyst Kennedy International Software, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 13, 2017 $84,000
Programmer Analyst Sunmerge Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 23, 2015 $84,000
Programmer Analyst Datametrics Software Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 31, 2016 $83,782
Programmer Analyst Datametrics Software Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 30, 2017 $83,782
Programmer Analyst RAC Infotech, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2017 $83,500
Programmer Analyst Vigna Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 22, 2015 $83,480
Programmer Analyst Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 16, 2018 $83,304
Programmer Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 10, 2016 $83,304
Programmer Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 09, 2017 $83,000
Programmer Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 09, 2017 $83,000
Programmer Analyst II SV Professionals, LLC. Ashburn, VA Mar 11, 2016 $83,000
Programmer Analyst Smart Works, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 09, 2017 $82,534
Programmer Analyst Sann It Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2017 $82,326
Programmer Analyst Sann It Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 02, 2017 $82,326
Programmer Analyst Opulentsoft LLC. Ashburn, VA Dec 20, 2017 $82,000
Programmer Analyst Orion Systems Integrators LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 18, 2018 $82,000 -
$87,000
Programmer Analyst Think Development Systems Ashburn, VA Nov 20, 2017 $82,000
Programmer Analyst Think Development Systems Ashburn, VA Nov 06, 2017 $82,000
Programmer Analyst Siritek Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 26, 2016 $80,000
Programmer Analyst Brillio, LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 14, 2015 $80,000
Programmer Analyst Idigital, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 09, 2016 $80,000
Programmer Analyst Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 03, 2015 $80,000
Programmer Analyst V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 10, 2015 $80,000
Programmer Analyst Cynet Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 06, 2016 $80,000
Programmer Analyst Sstech LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 13, 2016 $78,000
Programmer Analyst Vigna Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 27, 2015 $77,219
Programmer Analyst Vigna Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 31, 2015 $77,219
Programmer Analyst Iconnect LC Ashburn, VA Oct 22, 2015 $77,168
Programmer Analyst Arthur Grand Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2016 $77,000
Programmer Analyst Idigital Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2016 $77,000
Programmer Analyst Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 15, 2016 $77,000
Programmer Analyst Clustertech Solution Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2016 $76,502
Programmer Analyst PPD Development, L.P. Ashburn, VA Apr 11, 2016 $76,502 -
$85,495
Programmer Analyst Idigital, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 09, 2016 $75,000
Programmer Analyst Moxie It Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2015 $72,000
Programmer Analyst Orion Systems Integrators LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 16, 2015 $72,000 -
$82,000
Programmer Analyst Gomiapp LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 22, 2015 $72,000
Programmer Analyst Dhansoft Technologies LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 07, 2015 $72,000
Programmer Analyst Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 03, 2016 $71,614
Programmer Analyst Dimension Consulting Ashburn, VA Sep 24, 2015 $71,614
Programmer Analyst Moxie It Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 25, 2017 $71,000
Programmer Analyst Idigital Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2016 $71,000
Programmer Analyst Vigna Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 22, 2015 $70,958
Programmer Analyst. Itcommence Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2017 $70,803
Programmer Analyst Zillion Technologies, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 02, 2018 $70,283
Programmer Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $70,000
Programmer Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $70,000
Programmer Analyst Aplos America Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 13, 2017 $70,000
Programmer Analyst Amiti Consulting, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2017 $70,000
Programmer Analyst Amiti Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2017 $70,000
Programmer Analyst Amiti Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 04, 2017 $70,000
Programmer Analyst Pioneer Corporate Services Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 16, 2015 $70,000
Programmer Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Feb 11, 2016 $70,000
Programmer Analyst Nexus It Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 07, 2016 $70,000
Programmer Analyst Opulentsoft LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $70,000
Programmer Analyst Milky-IWAY Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2016 $70,000 -
$90,000
Programmer Analyst Milky-IWAY Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 30, 2016 $70,000 -
$90,000
Programmer Analyst Kensington Information Group, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 08, 2016 $70,000
Programmer Analyst Moxie It Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 15, 2016 $70,000
Programmer Analyst Nexus It Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2015 $70,000
Progrmmer Analyst Arthur Grand Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 01, 2015 $70,000
Progrmmer Analyst Arthur Grand Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2015 $70,000
Programmer Analyst Dhansoft Technologies LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $69,750
Programmer Analyst Opulentsoft LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 20, 2015 $69,056
Programmer Analyst Opulentsoft LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 01, 2015 $69,056
Programmer Analyst Abhra, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 27, 2015 $69,056
Programmer Analyst PPD Development, LP Ashburn, VA Jul 13, 2015 $69,056 -
$83,000
Programmer Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA May 24, 2016 $69,000
Programmer Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 11, 2015 $68,286 -
$70,000
Programmer Analyst Concert Tech Corporation Ashburn, VA Sep 03, 2015 $68,000
Programmer Analyst Stratedge, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 17, 2015 $68,000
Programmer Analyst Vista Applied Solutions Group Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 10, 2016 $68,000
Programmer Analyst Vertex Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2015 $67,625 -
$75,000
Programmer Analyst Zillion Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2015 $67,621
Programmer Analyst Zillion Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 07, 2015 $67,621
Programmer Analyst Pioneer Global Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 12, 2017 $67,000
Programmer Analyst Vs Soft L.L.C. Ashburn, VA Dec 09, 2017 $67,000
Programmer Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 09, 2017 $67,000
Programmer Analyst Impressive Systems Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2017 $67,000
Programmer Analyst Pioneer Global Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 09, 2017 $67,000
Programmer Analyst Opulentsoft LLC. Ashburn, VA Sep 14, 2017 $67,000
Programmer Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 09, 2017 $67,000
Programmer/Analyst Brain Capital LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2017 $67,000
Programmer/Analyst Delviom, LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2017 $67,000 -
$75,000
Programmer Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2017 $67,000

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