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Working As A Senior Application System Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $102,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Application System 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 Application System 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 Application System Analyst Career Paths

Senior Application System Analyst
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Manager Network Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Manager Network Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Application Lead 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Top Careers Before Senior Application System Analyst
Consultant 4.4%
Programmer 3.5%
Manager 2.8%
Analyst 2.6%
Top Careers After Senior Application System Analyst
Consultant 5.5%
Manager 3.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$102,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$80,000
Min 10%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
LifeBridge Health
Highest Paying City
East Brunswick, NJ
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
4.4 years
How much does a Senior Application System Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Application System Analyst in the United States is $102,352 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $80,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $130,000.

Real Senior Application System Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Engineering Application Systems Analyst I CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Jul 30, 2015 $181,272
Senior Applications Systems Analyst Certify Global Inc. Rockville, MD Feb 05, 2016 $150,000
SR. Oracle Applications Systems Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Oct 07, 2014 $145,000 -
$172,100
Senior Staff Enterprise Application Systems Analyst* Qualcomm, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 01, 2016 $133,432 -
$164,000
Senior Applications Systems Analyst Candor PS LLC San Jose, CA Sep 14, 2016 $130,000
SR. Engineering Application Systems Analyst I CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $127,000 -
$138,000
SR. Engineering Application Systems Analyst I CB&I Inc. Houston, TX Sep 24, 2015 $126,381 -
$148,538
SR. Analyst, Systems Application Allergan Sales, LLC Irvine, CA Apr 23, 2015 $118,082 -
$130,000
Application Systems Analyst Senior Oracle Delta Dental of California San Francisco, CA Dec 12, 2016 $115,211 -
$133,200
SR. Systems Analyst-Web Applications CSL Behring L.L.C. King of Prussia, PA Dec 28, 2015 $115,000
Senior Systems Analyst/Oracle Financial Applications Qualcomm, Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 30, 2015 $96,429 -
$109,300
SR. Applications Systems Analyst Emergency Medical Services Corporation Greenwood Village, CO Oct 01, 2013 $96,000
Senior Oracle Applications Business System Analyst Torque Technologies LLC Phoenix, AZ Sep 01, 2013 $96,000
SR. Applications Systems Analyst Envision Healthcare Greenwood Village, CO Dec 21, 2014 $96,000
SR. Applications Systems Analyst DSW, Inc. Columbus, OH Oct 22, 2014 $95,000
System Applications Analyst, SR Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR Mar 10, 2016 $95,000
Senior Application System/Programmer Analyst Henry Ford Health System Southfield, MI Dec 14, 2015 $95,000
SR. System Analyst/Sr. Application Administrator Georgetown University Washington, DC Feb 04, 2015 $94,686
IT SR. Applications Systems Analyst Programmer Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Apr 01, 2014 $87,125
Oracle Applications Senior Systems Analyst GXS, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Nov 17, 2013 $87,006 -
$111,500
Application Systems Analyst Programmer Senior University of Central Florida Orlando, FL Feb 06, 2015 $86,590
IT Senior Applications Systems Analyst Programmer Henry Ford Health System Rochester Hills, MI Nov 10, 2016 $86,053
Senior Applications Systems Analyst/Programmer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Birmingham, AL Feb 02, 2015 $86,000
SR. Applications Systems Analyst/Programmer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Birmingham, AL Jul 27, 2015 $85,600 -
$88,903
Senior Applications Systems Analyst Candor PS LLC Frisco, TX Sep 19, 2013 $85,426 -
$105,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Application System Analyst

  1. Business Requirements
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Files
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyzed, tested, and certified application-specific software and performed ambiguity reviews of business requirements and functional specification documents.
  • Installed technical system documentation of interaction between custom applications, legacy applications, and PL/SQL packages.
  • Trained users as needed, prepared management reports, uploaded and downloaded data files.
  • Created numerous COM components utilized in client-server and web applications.
  • Designed and developed interfaces for multiple in-house and off-the-shelf business critical financial applications.

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Senior Application System Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

54.7%

Female

37.7%

Unknown

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Asian

13.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

11.7%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

Portuguese

14.3%

Chinese

14.3%

Japanese

7.1%

French

7.1%

Arabic

7.1%

Thai

7.1%

Korean

7.1%

Italian

7.1%
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Senior Application System Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.6%

Strayer University

11.1%

Johns Hopkins University

7.4%

University of Arizona

7.4%

Florida State University

6.2%

Villanova University

4.9%

George Mason University

4.9%

Marshall University

3.7%

Texas Tech University

3.7%

Eastern Michigan University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

George Washington University

3.7%

West Virginia University

3.7%

Western Michigan University

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

Eastern Illinois University

3.7%

Cleveland State University

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.5%

University of Florida

2.5%

University of Maryland - University College

2.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

24.5%

Business

18.0%

Computer Information Systems

8.6%

Information Technology

5.8%

Project Management

4.9%

Information Systems

4.6%

Management

4.3%

Finance

4.3%

Accounting

3.1%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.8%

Computer Networking

2.4%

Mathematics

2.1%

Nursing

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Computer Applications

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

Computer Programming

1.5%

Communication

1.5%

History

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.4%

Masters

26.9%

Other

13.1%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

4.1%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.5%
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