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Working As A Requirements Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Requirements 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 Requirements 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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Requirements Analyst Career Paths

Requirements Analyst
Business Analyst Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Program Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Technical Project Manager Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Senior Technical Business Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Communications Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Senior Management Consultant Senior Business Consultant
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Human Resources Manager Talent Acquisition Manager
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Business Analyst 2.9 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Requirements Analyst
Consultant 5.0%
Analyst 4.1%
Manager 2.4%
Top Careers After Requirements Analyst
Consultant 5.9%
Analyst 3.4%
Manager 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$63,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$120,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Shrewsbury, MA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Requirements Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Requirements Analyst in the United States is $87,601 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $63,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $120,000.

Real Requirements Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Requirements Analyst Vega Consulting Solutions Washington, DC Sep 30, 2013 $123,133
Product Requirements Analyst Guidewire Software, Inc. Foster City, CA Feb 25, 2016 $121,997
Requirements Analyst, Lead Processing and Lead Management General Motors Company Detroit, MI Jul 12, 2016 $119,583
Requirements Analyst Integrated Resources, Inc. Washington, DC Mar 14, 2016 $113,950
Requirements Analyst Fast Switch Ltd. Columbus, OH Mar 22, 2016 $104,350
Requirements Analyst Fast Switch Ltd. Columbus, OH Jun 14, 2016 $102,263
Solutions/Requirement Analyst Populus Group LLC Columbus, OH Dec 30, 2016 $99,133
Solution/Requirement Analyst Populus Group LLC Columbus, OH Nov 23, 2015 $99,133
Requirements Analyst Fast Switch Ltd. Columbus, OH Dec 20, 2016 $98,089
Lead Requirements Analyst Fast Switch Ltd. Columbus, OH Feb 23, 2016 $93,915
Lead Requirements Analyst Fast Switch Ltd. Columbus, OH Aug 18, 2016 $93,915
Requirements Analyst Global Systems LLC Vienna, VA Jan 10, 2016 $84,000
Requirements Analyst Lead Populus Group LLC Dublin, OH Jul 11, 2016 $83,480
Requirements Analyst Lead Populus Group LLC Dublin, OH Jun 12, 2016 $83,480
Requirements Analyst Lead Populus Group LLC Columbus, OH Jul 11, 2016 $83,480
Requirements Analyst II Healthnow New York Inc. Buffalo, NY Nov 03, 2014 $82,100 -
$90,000
Requirement Analyst Quality Software Services, Inc. Columbia, MD Sep 30, 2015 $81,600
Lead Requirements Analyst Dedicated Technologies Inc. Columbus, OH Jul 01, 2016 $77,000 -
$110,000
Requirement Analyst Quality Software Services, Inc. Columbia, MD Aug 24, 2013 $77,000
Requirements Analyst Fast Switch Ltd. Columbus, OH Nov 21, 2014 $75,132
Requirements Analyst Populus Group LLC Dublin, OH Dec 31, 2016 $75,132
Requirements Analyst Bae Systems Information Solutions Washington, DC Oct 01, 2015 $75,005
Requirements Analyst Bae Systems Information Solutions Washington, DC Jan 10, 2015 $75,005
Requirements Analyst USM Business Systems, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 25, 2016 $75,000
Requirements Analyst Unicon International, Inc. Columbus, OH Sep 09, 2015 $75,000 -
$85,000

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Top Skills for A Requirements Analyst

  1. Business Requirements
  2. Test Cases
  3. User Acceptance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Converted Business Requirements into Functional Requirements Specification.
  • Coordinated software defect tracking efforts to ensure satisfactory defect resolution * Executing and verifying of Test Cases and Procedure.
  • Provided analysis in support of user acceptance.
  • Led requirements elicitation for an implementation of a data warehouse within the organization.
  • Established and implement effective web application practices, including use and continuous improvement of a requirements process.

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  2. Virginia
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Delaware
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Connecticut
  7. North Carolina
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Requirements Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

46.0%

Male

45.6%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

53.8%

Black or African American

13.9%

Asian

13.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Unknown

6.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.8%

Japanese

9.1%

Hindi

9.1%

Portuguese

4.5%

Chinese

4.5%

German

4.5%

French

4.5%

Mandarin

4.5%

Carrier

4.5%

Tagalog

4.5%

Russian

4.5%

Polish

4.5%

Italian

4.5%

Bengali

4.5%
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Requirements Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.1%

George Mason University

12.7%

University of Maryland - University College

10.4%

Strayer University

10.4%

George Washington University

6.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.9%

Georgetown University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Johns Hopkins University

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.2%

University of Washington

3.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.2%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

2.7%

Defense Acquisition University

2.7%

University of Central Florida

2.7%

Syracuse University

2.3%

Franklin University

2.3%

Michigan State University

2.3%

Arizona State University

2.3%

Webster University

2.3%
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Majors

Business

27.5%

Computer Science

13.4%

Management

5.8%

Information Technology

5.7%

Information Systems

5.4%

Computer Information Systems

4.9%

Finance

3.8%

Electrical Engineering

3.5%

Accounting

3.2%

Human Resources Management

3.1%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Project Management

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Political Science

2.5%

English

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Marketing

2.2%

Economics

2.0%

Mathematics

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Masters

36.5%

Other

11.9%

Certificate

4.1%

Associate

3.5%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.1%
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