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Working As A Senior Applications Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $98,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Applications 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 Applications 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 Applications Analyst Career Paths

Senior Applications Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Engineer Senior Systems Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Senior Technician Specialist Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Human Resources Manager Talent Acquisition Manager
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Software Analyst 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Senior Applications Analyst
Consultant 5.0%
Programmer 4.4%
Analyst 3.3%
Top Careers After Senior Applications Analyst
Consultant 8.5%
Manager 2.9%
Analyst 2.8%

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Senior Applications Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

55.6%

Female

33.5%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

56.4%

Asian

15.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.4%

Chinese

13.6%

Japanese

9.1%

Estonian

4.5%

German

4.5%

Yoruba

4.5%

Cantonese

4.5%

French

4.5%

Carrier

4.5%

Mandarin

4.5%

Korean

4.5%

Italian

4.5%
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Senior Applications Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.4%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

7.8%

Drexel University

5.9%

University of Houston

5.5%

University of Maryland - University College

5.1%

University of Alabama

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.3%

Oklahoma State University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.9%

Boston University

3.9%

Auburn University

3.5%

University of Central Florida

3.5%

Purdue University

3.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.5%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.5%

Baker University

3.1%

Strayer University

3.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

24.9%

Business

17.7%

Computer Information Systems

8.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.2%

Information Technology

4.6%

Information Systems

4.2%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Accounting

3.3%

Management

3.0%

Project Management

2.7%

Nursing

2.4%

Computer Applications

2.2%

Mathematics

2.2%

Finance

2.1%

Computer Programming

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

Engineering

1.8%

Health Care Administration

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.8%

Masters

29.9%

Other

12.6%

Associate

6.8%

Certificate

3.8%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.1%
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$76,000
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$98,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Senior Applications Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Applications Analyst in the United States is $98,421 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $76,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $126,000.

Real Senior Applications Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Applications Analyst First Data Technologies, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Oct 31, 2016 $150,000
SR. Applications Analyst (Financial Modules) Herbalife International Winston-Salem, NC Jul 31, 2015 $150,000
Senior Applications Analyst First Data Technologies, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Sep 14, 2015 $150,000
Senior Staff Software Product Business Analyst General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Aug 29, 2016 $145,000
Senior Staff Software Product Business Analyst General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Mar 11, 2016 $145,000
Senior Applications Analyst Kaspick and Company, LLC Redwood City, CA Aug 08, 2016 $138,362
SR. Applications Analyst Herbalife International of America, Inc. Torrance, CA May 23, 2016 $132,878
Senior Applications Analyst Kaspick and Company, LLC Redwood City, CA Jun 17, 2015 $132,081
Senior Applications Analyst Kaspick & Company, LLC Redwood City, CA May 19, 2015 $132,080
Senior Applications Analyst Kaspick and Company, LLC Redwood City, CA May 13, 2015 $132,080
Senior Application Analyst First Data EC, LLC Jersey City, NJ Jan 11, 2016 $132,000
Senior Software Product Business Analyst General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Sep 18, 2015 $130,000
SR. ERP Application Analyst Garmin International, Inc. Olathe, KS May 18, 2016 $130,000
Senior Applications Analyst RCI, LLC Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Feb 06, 2016 $128,000
Senior Application Analyst Bally Gaming, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Mar 15, 2016 $109,430
Senior Application Analyst Big Lots Stores Inc. Columbus, OH Jul 09, 2015 $109,250
SR. Applications Analyst (WEB Product) Herbalife International of America, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2015 $108,885
SR. Software Systems Analyst Marlabs, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Sep 16, 2015 $108,805
SR. Software Systems Analyst Marlabs, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Mar 20, 2015 $108,805
Senior Application Analyst Big Lots Stores Inc. Columbus, OH Jul 09, 2016 $108,253
SR. Applications Analyst, Oracle Financial Herbalife International of America, Inc. Winston-Salem, NC Mar 22, 2016 $108,150
Senior Application Program Analyst Inovant LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 31, 2016 $108,139 -
$128,000
Senior Applications Analyst First Data Technologies, Inc. Omaha, NE Sep 04, 2015 $99,000
Senior Applications Analyst First Data Technologies, Inc. Omaha, NE Aug 08, 2016 $99,000
Senior Software Business Analyst Beckman Coulter, Inc. Chaska, MN Sep 11, 2015 $99,000
Senior Application Analyst Idexx Laboratories, Inc. Westbrook, ME Aug 20, 2015 $98,000 -
$118,000
Senior Software Analyst Xavient Information Systems, Inc. Exton, PA Jun 05, 2015 $98,000
Senior Analyst, Risk Consulting and Software Towers Watson Pennsylvania Inc. Chicago, IL Mar 10, 2015 $97,850
Senior Biomechanical Application Analyst The Procter & Gamble Company Boston, MA Oct 20, 2016 $97,522 -
$121,800
Senior Application Analyst Idexx Laboratories, Inc. Westbrook, ME Jan 30, 2015 $97,200 -
$102,200

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  1. Data Warehouse
  2. SQL
  3. Web Application
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  • Designed enhancements to Data Warehouse using Star Schema methodology.
  • Reviewed and analyzed technical application related problems as they pertained to test SQL databases.
  • Provided telephone and email support for 25-30 daily web application issues, including proprietary diagnostic software and wireless connectivity issues.
  • Provide proprietary software application and technical support including software upgrades and enhancements within existing procedures/guidelines.
  • Designed, wrote, and implemented build/installation procedures that were used to support software product development and implementation.

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