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Working As A Senior Analyst/Project Manager

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

  • Repetitive

  • $85,800

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Analyst/Project Manager 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/Project Manager

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 Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Project Manager 3.6 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Principal Analyst 3.3 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
EDI Analyst 3.1 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Design Analyst 2.8 years
Project Leader 2.8 years
Project Specialist 2.5 years
Project Team Lead 2.5 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Project Consultant 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.5%
Manager 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.7%
Director 2.3%
Manager 2.1%

Senior Analyst/Project Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

60.2%

Female

37.7%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Asian

10.3%

Hispanic or Latino

7.8%

Unknown

2.9%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.1%

Portuguese

14.3%

French

14.3%

German

7.1%

Persian

7.1%

Carrier

7.1%

Berta

3.6%

Ukrainian

3.6%

Catalan

3.6%

Russian

3.6%

Italian

3.6%
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Senior Analyst/Project Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.0%

Villanova University

10.0%

George Washington University

9.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Strayer University

5.3%

New York University

4.0%

Regis University

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

George Mason University

4.0%

Johns Hopkins University

4.0%

Capella University

4.0%

University of North Texas

3.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.3%

Cleveland State University

3.3%

Syracuse University

2.7%

University of South Florida

2.7%

National University

2.7%

Tulane University

2.7%

University of California - Berkeley

2.7%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

27.0%

Computer Science

13.0%

Computer Information Systems

8.3%

Project Management

7.7%

Finance

6.5%

Accounting

5.9%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Management

3.4%

Marketing

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Information Technology

2.8%

Information Systems

2.6%

Psychology

2.5%

Education

2.0%

Computer Programming

1.9%

International Business

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.4%

Management Science

1.2%

Health Care Administration

1.2%

Computer Applications

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

36.6%

Bachelors

36.0%

Other

12.9%

Associate

5.2%

Certificate

5.1%

Doctorate

3.0%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior Analyst/Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Business Analyst/Senior Project Manager Jpmorgan Chase & Co. NJ Mar 08, 2016 $165,000
Senior Business Analyst/Senior Project Manager Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Mar 08, 2016 $165,000
Senior Project Manager & Business Analyst-Americas Lombard Risk International USA Inc. New York, NY Aug 03, 2015 $160,000
Senior Project Manager & Business Analyst-Americas Lombard Risk International USA Inc. New York, NY Jul 20, 2016 $160,000
Senior Programmer Analyst/Project Manager American International Relocation Solutions, LLC Pittsburgh, PA May 05, 2016 $126,373
Senior Programmer Analyst/Project Manager American International Forwarding, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA May 05, 2016 $126,373
SR. Bus System Analyst/Project MGR Virtual Construction, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 08, 2014 $120,000 -
$135,000
SR. Bus System Analyst/Project MGR Virtual Construction, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 10, 2014 $120,000 -
$135,000
Senior Systems Analyst/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Feb 03, 2011 $120,000
Senior Project Manager/Business Analyst The New York Times Company New York, NY Dec 01, 2015 $119,375
Senior Project Manager/Computer Software Analyst Fircosoft New York, NY Aug 31, 2015 $117,000
Associate, Senior Project Manager/Business Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co New York, NY Sep 02, 2013 $113,000 -
$130,000
Senior Systems Analyst/Project Manager ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Jan 19, 2011 $105,061
Senior Project Manager/Business Analyst Phoenix American Incorporated Irving, TX Feb 12, 2015 $102,500
Senior Analyst/Project Manager Knowledge Base Marketing Inc. Boston, MA Sep 30, 2012 $101,663
Senior Project Manager-Systems Analyst Imedx, Inc. Shelton, CT Oct 01, 2012 $100,714
Senior Project Manager/Business Analyst Allconnect, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 25, 2014 $100,157
SR. Financial Analyst & Project Manager YMCA of Silicon Valley Santa Clara, CA Apr 07, 2014 $97,000
Senior System Analyst/Project Manager Primetech Systems, Inc. Franklin, WI Mar 17, 2014 $96,000
Senior Programmer Analyst/Project Manager American International Relocation Solutions, LLC Pittsburgh, PA May 05, 2013 $91,728
Senior Project Manager/Analyst Choice Temps Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $90,000
Senior Project Manager/Business Analyst Allconnect, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 25, 2011 $85,000
Senior Systems Analyst/Project Manager Hawaii Medical Service Association Urban Honolulu, HI Nov 07, 2011 $80,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Analyst/Project Manager

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Top Senior Analyst/Project Manager Skills

  1. Project Management
  2. Financial
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Project management for complex technical environment builds and upgrades.
  • Performed financial/operational due diligence for capital improvement projects and the development of business case models.
  • Used analysis skills to determine the need for new software and technical writing skills to document new procedures.
  • Created vision, scope and functional requirements for first release of data warehouse system.
  • Evaluated supply and procurement management policies to ensure compliance with contractual requirements.

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