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Become A Programmer Analyst

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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

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Programmer Analyst Do

A Programmer Analyst designs programs and applications from the specifications developed during analysis. They analyze problem areas and designs, and implement system improvements.

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.


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.


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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84 Programmer Analyst jobs

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Threat Analyst

$70,000 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Cyberspace Targets Analyst

$70,000 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Incident Response Analyst

$70,000 Estimated

Cubic Corporation
Ashburn, VA
Business Analyst

$63,500 Estimated

Ashburn, VA
System Analyst

$65,000 Estimated

Ashburn, VA
Implementation Analyst

$80,000 Estimated

Ashburn, VA
Contracts Analyst

$52,000 Estimated

Placement Services USA, Inc.
Ashburn, VA
Systems Analyst (697003)

$65,000 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Senior Threat Monitoring Analyst

$83,301 Estimated

Ashburn, VA
Business analyst (Ashburn,VA)

$63,500 Estimated

Ashburn, VA
Business Analyst 4-Ops

$63,500 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Risk Analyst - Supplier Security Assurance

$80,000 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Risk Analyst - Supplier Security Assurance

$80,000 Estimated

Epic Health Services
Ashburn, VA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

$39,000 Estimated

Ashburn, VA
Business Analyst II - Remote - PS5207

$63,500 Estimated

SSP America
Ashburn, VA
Financial Analyst (FP&A)

$63,000 Estimated

Zillion Technologies
Ashburn, VA
SharePoint Developer / Analyst

$90,646 Estimated

Ashburn, VA
Systems Analyst (Production Service)

$65,000 Estimated

Ashburn, VA
Security Data Analyst

$64,042 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Communications Analyst - Information Security

$111,890 Estimated

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Real Programmer Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Programmer Analyst Specialist American Century Services LLC Mountain View, CA Apr 13, 2015 $200,000
Programmer Analyst Specialist American Century Services, LLC Mountain View, CA Oct 19, 2016 $200,000
Programmer Analyst V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc. Austin, TX Jul 27, 2015 $200,000
Programmer Analyst V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc. Irving, TX Nov 21, 2015 $200,000
Programmer/Analyst TSR Consulting Services, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $194,613
Programmer Analyst Jarvantech, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 11, 2015 $185,000
Programmer Analyst Jarvantech, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Mar 02, 2015 $185,000
Programmer Analyst Software Guidance & Assistance, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Sep 16, 2015 $183,656
Programmer Analyst The Baer Group, LLC Atlanta, GA Nov 02, 2016 $180,317
Programmer Analyst Blue Sage Solutions Englewood Cliffs, NJ Aug 08, 2016 $180,000
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Top Skills for A Programmer Analyst


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Top Programmer Analyst Skills

  1. SQL Server
  2. Data Warehouse
  3. Web Application
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed Stored Procedures in SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008.
  • Designed and developed efficient Data Archival system to archive older records from Data Warehouse.
  • Resolved their ongoing issue on how to properly implement web applications.
  • Researched solutions for systemic design procedures; suggested new ideas to management.
  • Performed troubleshooting on hardware, software and connectivity issues for a mixed Unix, Windows NT/2000 environment.

Top Programmer Analyst Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Programmer Analyst

  1. Cognizant Technology Solutions
  2. CSC
  3. The Boeing Company
  4. Cognizant
  5. Aon Hewitt
  6. Syntel Inc.
  7. Computer Sciences Corporation
  8. Verizon Wireless
  9. Accenture
  10. Blue Cross Blue Shield
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