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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

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 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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Senior Analyst Career Paths

Senior Analyst
Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Manager Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Senior GIS Analyst 4.0 years
Senior Tax Analyst 3.9 years
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Production Analyst 3.3 years
Principal Analyst 3.3 years
Senior Associate 3.2 years
Forms Analyst 3.2 years
EDI Analyst 3.1 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Management Analyst 3.0 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Resource Analyst 3.0 years
Senior Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Program Analyst 2.9 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Design Analyst 2.8 years
Planning Analyst 2.8 years
Hris Analyst 2.7 years
Operations Analyst 2.7 years
Asset Analyst 2.7 years
Interface Analyst 2.7 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
Automation Analyst 2.7 years
MIS Analyst 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Application Lead 2.6 years
Process Analyst 2.6 years
Career Analyst 2.6 years
Associate Analyst 2.5 years
Database Analyst 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Product Analyst 2.4 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Military Analyst 2.4 years
Data Analyst 2.3 years
Support Analyst 2.3 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Senior Web Analyst 2.3 years
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Strategic Analyst 2.2 years
Energy Analyst 2.1 years
Digital Analyst 1.6 years
Junior IS Analyst 1.5 years
Analyst Internship 0.5 years
Top Employers Before
Analyst 16.7%
Consultant 7.5%
Internship 4.9%
Manager 3.2%
Programmer 2.5%
Associate 2.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 10.1%
Manager 6.9%
Analyst 4.9%
Associate 3.2%
Director 3.1%

Senior Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

61.1%

Female

36.0%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

73.1%

Asian

14.0%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.5%

French

11.5%

Chinese

7.1%

German

6.6%

Mandarin

6.2%

Portuguese

5.3%

Russian

4.7%

Italian

3.8%

Arabic

3.4%

Hindi

2.6%

Korean

2.6%

Japanese

2.3%

Cantonese

2.1%

Carrier

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Urdu

1.0%

Hebrew

0.9%

Turkish

0.7%

Czech

0.7%

Gujarati

0.6%
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Senior Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.8%

New York University

7.9%

George Washington University

5.9%

University of Southern California

4.8%

Strayer University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

George Mason University

4.4%

Cornell University

4.3%

Villanova University

4.1%

DePaul University

4.0%

University of Houston

3.9%

Webster University

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

Columbia University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.7%

University of Chicago

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.6%

Boston University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

29.1%

Finance

14.3%

Accounting

8.0%

Computer Science

7.7%

Management

4.9%

Marketing

4.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.8%

Economics

3.7%

Information Technology

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Project Management

2.1%

Management Information Systems

2.1%

Political Science

2.1%

Communication

2.0%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%

Law

1.8%

Information Systems

1.7%

Mathematics

1.6%

Computer Applications

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.8%

Masters

36.7%

Other

11.7%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

3.1%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior China Analyst Observatory Group LLC Washington, DC Jan 09, 2016 $250,000
Senior Analyst 14W Administrative Services, LLC Baltimore, MD May 01, 2015 $250,000
Senior Analyst Luminus Management, LLC Houston, TX Apr 30, 2016 $250,000
Senior Analyst Luminus Management, LLC Houston, TX Apr 30, 2016 $235,000
Senior Analyst Amerra Capital Management LLC New York, NY May 27, 2016 $227,178
Senior Analyst Balyasny Asset Management, L.P. New York, NY Jun 13, 2016 $225,000
Senior Biotechnology Analyst Healthcor Partners Management LP New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $210,000
Senior Biotechnology Analyst Healthcor Management LP New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $210,000
Senior Biotechnology Analyst Healthcor Management LP New York, NY Jul 09, 2016 $210,000
Senior Analyst Aquila Fundamental Strategy Partners, LLC D/B/A Fu New York, NY Jan 15, 2016 $201,510
Senior Analyst Linden Advisors LP New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $200,000
Senior Analyst(Hedge Fund) Partner Birch Grove Capital LP New York, NY Nov 07, 2016 $200,000
Director/Sr. Analyst (OIL & Gas Equity Research) GMP Securities, LLC Houston, TX Mar 17, 2015 $200,000 -
$500,000
Director, Senior Analyst Gottex Fund Management Ltd. New York, NY Oct 08, 2016 $200,000
Senior BI Analyst Decipher Software Solutions LLC Clearwater, FL Mar 23, 2016 $96,450
Senior Analyst, Abap Workflow The Scotts Company LLC Marysville, OH Jan 12, 2016 $96,221 -
$128,800
SR. Optimization Analyst Turn Inc. New York, NY Aug 25, 2015 $96,096 -
$100,096
Senior Analyst NYSE Market (de), Inc. New York, NY May 28, 2015 $96,000 -
$107,000
Senior Analyst Health Advances LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $96,000
Senior Structural Analyst ARUP North America, Ltd. San Francisco, CA Feb 05, 2016 $96,000
Senior AX Analyst Rockwater Energy Solutions, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 18, 2016 $96,000
Senior Analyst NYSE Market (de), Inc. New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $96,000 -
$101,200
Senior Analyst Yum! Restaurants International Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Mar 09, 2016 $84,850
SR. UI Analyst Pro-TEK Consulting Los Angeles, CA Mar 31, 2016 $84,781
SR. Analyst International Co-Brand Partnerships American Airlines Fort Worth, TX Feb 29, 2016 $84,765 -
$112,004
SR. Analyst, Consumer Insights Netflix Los Gatos, CA Dec 02, 2016 $84,573 -
$120,000
IAM SR. Analyst Simeio Solutions, LLC Stamford, CT Feb 15, 2016 $84,344 -
$90,000
Senior Analyst, Spend Performance Solutions The Advisory Board Company Washington, DC Nov 10, 2016 $84,000
Senior Analyst Latentview Analytics Corporation Bridgewater, NJ Sep 08, 2016 $84,000
Senior Analyst Latentview Analytics Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Sep 08, 2016 $84,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Analyst

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Top Senior Analyst Skills

  1. Financial Analysis
  2. Procedures
  3. Data Collection
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  • Research, analyze and create documentation detailing current departmental global reporting procedures.
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  • 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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