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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

  • $105,999

    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 Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Project Leader Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Systems Manager Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Project Manager Consultant
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Associate Director Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Lead Technician 3.3 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
EDI Analyst 3.1 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Design Analyst 2.8 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Interface Analyst 2.7 years
Automation Analyst 2.7 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Application Lead 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Module Lead 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.2%
Programmer 4.1%
Analyst 2.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.9%
Analyst 3.0%

Senior Applications Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

60.2%

Female

37.6%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

72.1%

Asian

15.9%

Hispanic or Latino

8.2%

Unknown

2.7%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Chinese

13.3%

Japanese

13.3%

Portuguese

6.7%

Yoruba

6.7%

Carrier

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Thai

6.7%

Korean

6.7%
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Senior Applications Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.6%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

7.6%

University of Central Florida

5.8%

University of Houston

5.2%

Strayer University

5.2%

University of Alabama

4.7%

Auburn University

4.7%

University of Maryland - University College

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Boston University

4.1%

Villanova University

3.5%

Webster University

3.5%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.5%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.5%

West Virginia University

3.5%

University of Washington

3.5%

Purdue University

3.5%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.5%

Drexel University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

23.5%

Business

18.1%

Computer Information Systems

9.2%

Electrical Engineering

5.2%

Information Technology

5.1%

Information Systems

4.7%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Accounting

3.2%

Management

3.1%

Project Management

3.0%

Mathematics

2.7%

Nursing

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Psychology

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Computer Programming

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Computer Applications

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.9%

Masters

27.8%

Other

13.5%

Associate

6.4%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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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
SR. ERP Application Analyst Garmin International, Inc. Olathe, KS May 18, 2016 $130,000
Senior Software Product Business Analyst General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Sep 18, 2015 $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 Mar 20, 2015 $108,805
SR. Software Systems Analyst Marlabs, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Sep 16, 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
SR. Applications Analyst, Web Product Herbalife International Los Angeles, CA May 01, 2016 $108,045
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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Top Skills for A Senior Applications Analyst

Pl/SqlDataWarehouseWebServicesProceduresWindowsXPWorkflowSQLServerUnixFinancialC#.NETBusinessRequirementsProjectManagementXMLTestPlansManagementSystemTechnicalSupportASPSetupDB2Html

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Top Senior Applications Analyst Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Data Warehouse
  3. Web Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed database interfaces using C, C++ and PL/SQL.
  • Aided in the development of security procedures for a client Data Warehouse project.
  • Integrated with a variety of third party software vendors' web services in real time.
  • Perform analysis of current client operations in order to enhance operational and processing procedures.
  • Assisted in the Windows XP to Windows 7 migration of Dell desktops.

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