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Working As A Scientific Informatics Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Scientific Informatics 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 Scientific Informatics 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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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$52,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$131,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Altru Health System
Highest Paying City
Grand Forks, ND
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Scientific Informatics Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Scientific Informatics Analyst in the United States is $83,053 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $132,000.

Real Scientific Informatics Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Bio-Informatics Analyst Zolon Tech Solutions, Inc. Herndon, VA Aug 08, 2016 $108,139
Biomedical Informatics Analyst Abilto Inc. New York, NY Nov 17, 2014 $105,000
Analyst Bio-Informatics Mitchell/Martin, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Sep 23, 2014 $95,000 -
$115,000
Bio-Informatics Analyst VST Consulting Inc. Iselin, NJ Jan 29, 2016 $93,018
Informatics Analyst Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Wellesley, MA Jul 12, 2015 $90,188
Informatics Analyst Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Wellesley, MA Jul 12, 2016 $90,188
Analyst SR Informatics American Healthways Services, LLC Franklin, TN Apr 16, 2015 $90,000 -
$97,000
Biomedical Informatics Analyst University of Kentucky Lexington, KY Aug 01, 2015 $90,000
Scientific Informatics Analyst Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cold Spring Harbor, NY Mar 01, 2011 $88,425
Informatics Analyst II Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc. Matthews, NC Oct 01, 2015 $88,082
Informatics Analyst II Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc. Charlotte, NC Oct 01, 2015 $88,082
Informatics Analyst II Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc. Charlotte, NC Apr 23, 2014 $88,082
Informatics Analyst Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Wellesley, MA Oct 01, 2014 $87,989
Informatics Analyst Aetna Life Insurance Company Hartford, CT Sep 19, 2016 $78,500
Scientific SAS Analyst PVR Technologies Inc. King of Prussia, PA Sep 19, 2013 $77,000
Informatics Qualtiy Initiatives Analyst Scan Health Plan Long Beach, CA Oct 01, 2014 $75,000 -
$82,000
Informatics Analyst Aetna Life Insurance Company Hartford, CT Feb 05, 2016 $75,000
Informatics Analyst II The Univ. of Ala. at Birmingham (UAB) Birmingham, AL Jan 06, 2016 $75,000
Informatics Analyst Scan Group Long Beach, CA Jun 30, 2015 $74,880
Bio-Informatics Analyst Apex Technology Group Inc. Edison, NJ Feb 11, 2015 $74,651
Informatics Analyst Aetna Life Insurance Company Sunrise, FL Jan 14, 2016 $71,450
Scientific Informatics Analyst Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cold Spring Harbor, NY Jun 01, 2012 $71,000
Healthcare Informatics Analyst Louisiana Health Service and Indemnity Co. Baton Rouge, LA Aug 16, 2014 $70,000
Biomedical Informatics Analyst Columbus Hospital Ltach LLC Newark, NJ Sep 10, 2013 $70,000
Healthcare Informatics Analyst III Alere, LLC Atlanta, GA Jul 26, 2010 $70,000
Informatics Analyst II Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Feb 18, 2013 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Scientific Informatics Analyst

  1. Medical Records
  2. Sas/Base
  3. SQL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Abstract medical records to report core measure data to CMS and the Joint Commission.
  • Developed and modified SAS programs with the use of SAS/BASE and SAS/Macros for ad hoc jobs.
  • Adapt outdated SQL code to adhere to the new Health Plan dimensional data model.
  • Perform the following aspects of data analysis: data management, data acquisition and documentation.
  • Frequent EPIC (EMR), maintain Quality files which are used to create monthly performance reports.

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Scientific Informatics Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

55.6%

Male

32.7%

Unknown

11.7%
Ethnicity

White

57.1%

Asian

13.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

12.2%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Vietnamese

10.0%

German

10.0%

French

10.0%

Hindi

10.0%

Italian

10.0%
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Scientific Informatics Analyst Education

Schools

Walden University

10.9%

Temple University

8.7%

University of Phoenix

8.7%

Arizona State University

4.3%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

4.3%

Emory University

4.3%

Southern Connecticut State University

4.3%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.3%

SAE Institute

4.3%

Philadelphia University

4.3%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.3%

Johns Hopkins University

4.3%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.3%

University of Maryland - Baltimore

4.3%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

4.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.3%

Anne Arundel Community College

4.3%

Cleveland State University

4.3%

Clark University

4.3%

Central Washington University

2.2%
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Majors

Business

18.0%

Nursing

17.2%

Computer Science

7.8%

Public Health

7.0%

Biology

7.0%

Health Care Administration

6.3%

Mathematics

3.9%

Information Systems

3.9%

Management

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Pharmacy

2.3%

Management Science

2.3%

General Studies

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.3%

Chemistry

2.3%

Biomedical Engineering

2.3%

Information Technology

2.3%

Biostatistics

2.3%

Microbiology

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

40.5%

Bachelors

33.0%

Other

11.4%

Doctorate

5.4%

Certificate

4.9%

Associate

4.3%

Diploma

0.5%
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