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Become A Senior Analyst

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Working As A Senior Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $83,302

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Analyst Do

A Senior Analyst provides financial analysis support to various areas of a company and is responsible for the preparation of report analysis. Their area may include financial, business, or others.

How To Become A Senior 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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Real Senior Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Appl. Prog. Analyst Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 02, 2018 $108,209 -
$123,235
SR. Appl. Prog. Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 25, 2017 $104,550 -
$119,646
SR. Appl. Prog. Analyst Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 30, 2017 $104,550 -
$119,646
SR BI Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Senior Analyst-Customer Service MCI Communications Services Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2015 $95,790
SR. Appl. Prog. Analyst Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 20, 2018 $94,800 -
$151,700
Senior Analyst-Program/Project Management Verizon Business Network Services, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 06, 2013 $93,000
Senior Analyst-Database Analysis (Specialist) Verizon Services Corporation Ashburn, VA Nov 15, 2010 $84,656
SR. Peoplesoft Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $84,000
Senior Analyst--Business Operations Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ashburn, VA Jan 19, 2017 $82,474
SR. Analyst-Marketing Support Verizon Services Corporation Ashburn, VA Oct 24, 2011 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Analyst

FinancialAnalysisProceduresDataCollectionEnsureCompliancePl/SqlStrategyWebWindowsAuditCustomerServiceBusinessProcessProjectManagementAssetProcessImprovementBusinessRequirementsUnixSQLServerBusinessUnitsManagementSystemERP

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Top Senior Analyst Skills

  1. Financial Analysis
  2. Procedures
  3. Data Collection
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyze investment and development opportunities, conducting market research, financial analysis and SWOT assessments.
  • Research, analyze and create documentation detailing current departmental global reporting procedures.
  • Enhanced operations re-engineering data collection, storage and reporting strategy for MasterCard debit products.
  • Communicate rate administration policy with internal departments and ensure compliance with policies.
  • Have changed design on Bulk SWIFT message MT942 engine processor with PL/SQL solution and improved the 40% of processing time.

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