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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

  • $65,132

    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 Careers Before Programmer Analyst
Programmer 23.3%
Consultant 6.9%
Developer 3.6%
Internship 2.3%
Analyst 1.9%
Top Careers After Programmer Analyst
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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Foreign 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 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 Specialist American Century Services LLC Mountain View, CA Apr 13, 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. The Woodlands, TX Mar 02, 2015 $185,000
Programmer Analyst Jarvantech, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 11, 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
SAP Programmer Analyst Sysintelli, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 19, 2016 $180,000
Programmer Analyst Blue Sage Solutions Englewood Cliffs, NJ Aug 08, 2016 $180,000
Programmer Analyst R3 Technology, Inc. Mechanicsburg, PA Sep 07, 2015 $71,968
Programmer Analyst HCL Global Systems Inc. Frankfort, KY Jun 22, 2016 $71,960
Programmer Analyst Polaris Consulting & Services Ltd.(FKA Polaris Software Lab India Ltd) Piscataway, NJ Mar 10, 2015 $71,955
Programmer Analyst First TEK, Inc. West Des Moines, IA Oct 05, 2015 $71,947
Programmer Analyst First TEK, Inc. Des Moines, IA Nov 23, 2015 $71,947
Programmer Analyst First TEK, Inc. Des Moines, IA Oct 19, 2015 $71,947
Programmer Analyst First TEK, Inc. West Des Moines, IA Nov 23, 2015 $71,947
Programmer Analyst Polaris Consulting and Services Ltd Jersey City, NJ Oct 23, 2016 $64,992
Programmer Analyst HTC Global Services, Inc. Troy, MI Apr 30, 2015 $64,979
Programmer Analyst Omega Solutions Inc. Cleveland, OH Sep 13, 2015 $64,979
Programmer Analyst HTC Global Services, Inc. Troy, MI Jul 01, 2016 $64,979
Programmer Analyst HTC Global Services, Inc. Troy, MI Jun 01, 2016 $64,979
Web Based Programmer Analyst Cierant Corporation Danbury, CT Apr 28, 2015 $64,979
Programmer Analyst HTC Global Services, Inc. Troy, MI Sep 18, 2015 $64,979
Programmer Analyst Quantum Infotech, Inc. Troy, MI Jul 21, 2015 $64,979

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Top Skills for A Programmer Analyst

  1. SQL
  2. Data Warehouse
  3. Web
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  • Develop Windows/Structures/Functions/SQL in POWERBUILDER 4.0, including designing, developing and writing technical specifications for all objects created.
  • Designed and developed efficient Data Archival system to archive older records from Data Warehouse.
  • Managed network and website security.
  • Perform Dell Laptop/Desktop, Mac Pro and MacBook Pro maintenance and system imaging as required Windows XP & Windows 7.
  • Automated procedures for medical staff to collect research data for submission to a national consortium on surgical operations.

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