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Working As A Senior Associate

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

  • Repetitive

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Associate 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 Associate

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 Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

48.9%

Female

39.1%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

55.6%

Asian

14.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.4%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.6%

French

13.3%

Mandarin

8.0%

Chinese

7.0%

German

5.5%

Portuguese

4.3%

Russian

3.9%

Italian

3.2%

Cantonese

2.6%

Hindi

2.2%

Japanese

2.2%

Korean

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Hebrew

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Turkish

0.9%

Urdu

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Romanian

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%
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Senior Associate Education

Schools

New York University

9.6%

University of Phoenix

7.7%

University of Texas at Austin

6.9%

George Washington University

6.2%

Columbia University

6.1%

Georgetown University

5.4%

University of Chicago

5.2%

University of Southern California

5.0%

University of Pennsylvania

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.3%

Temple University

4.2%

Fordham University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Boston University

4.1%

Northwestern University

4.0%

DePaul University

4.0%

Cornell University

4.0%

University of Houston

3.6%

University of Florida

3.5%

University of Virginia

3.5%
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Majors

Business

22.9%

Accounting

16.8%

Law

14.2%

Finance

12.4%

Computer Science

3.7%

Marketing

3.4%

Management

3.3%

Economics

3.3%

Communication

2.5%

Political Science

2.5%

Psychology

2.1%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.8%

English

1.7%

Information Technology

1.6%

Electrical Engineering

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

Health Care Administration

1.3%

Human Resources Management

1.3%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Computer Applications

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.8%

Masters

33.5%

Doctorate

12.0%

Other

9.9%

Associate

3.2%

Certificate

2.5%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Highest Paying State
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How much does a Senior Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Associate in the United States is $90,387 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $54,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $150,000.

Real Senior Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Associate Lux Capital Management, LLC New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $325,000
Senior Associate Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Us LLP New York, NY Apr 20, 2015 $322,222
Senior Associate Sasson Law PLLC New York, NY May 31, 2016 $313,050
Senior Associate Ziff Brothers Investments, LLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $300,000
Senior Associate, Capital Markets Group Davis Polk & Wardwell New York, NY Jan 11, 2016 $290,000
Senior Associate, Structured Finance Litigation Grais & Ellsworth LLP New York, NY Feb 09, 2016 $285,000
Senior Associate (International Arbitration) King & Spalding LLP Houston, TX Sep 20, 2015 $280,000
Senior Associate (International Arbitration) King & Spalding LLP Houston, TX Jun 11, 2015 $280,000
Senior Associate Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Us LLP New York, NY Apr 30, 2016 $280,000
Associate (Senior Level) Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP New York, NY Nov 06, 2015 $250,000
Senior Associate Ziff Brothers Investments New York, NY Sep 09, 2015 $250,000
Senior Associate Attorney Vinson & Elkins LLP New York, NY Aug 23, 2016 $250,000
Associate (Senior Level) Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP New York, NY Nov 06, 2015 $250,000
Senior Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers San Jose, CA Nov 19, 2015 $102,814
Senior Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers San Jose, CA Feb 23, 2015 $102,814
Senior Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers Rosemont, IL Jan 16, 2015 $102,773
Senior Associate ECRI Institute Plymouth Meeting, PA Aug 10, 2015 $102,700 -
$106,700
Senior Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers Chicago, IL Oct 22, 2015 $102,669
Senior Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers Chicago, IL Jan 10, 2015 $102,669
Senior Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers Chicago, IL Dec 15, 2015 $102,669
Advisory Senior Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC Los Angeles, CA Aug 31, 2016 $102,600
Senior Associate Jc60-Statistician Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation San Diego, CA Jun 15, 2016 $83,824
Assurance Senior Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP New York, NY Jan 08, 2015 $83,810
Senior Associate-Software Synechron, Inc. Sterling, VA Feb 09, 2016 $83,782
Senior Associate, Forensics & Strategic Threat Intelligence Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC Arlington, VA Nov 29, 2016 $83,782
Advisory Senior Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC McLean, VA Jan 11, 2016 $83,782 -
$164,000
Senior Associate KPMG LLP Richmond, VA Mar 22, 2016 $83,782 -
$110,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Associate

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Audit
  3. Ensure Compliance
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  • Ensured information provided was complete for preparing scheduled financial statements for shareholders/SEC, fund directors and managers.
  • Prepared audit programs by designing appropriate audit procedures to substantiate financial information.
  • Perform quality checking of documents and regulatory submissions to ensure compliance with Shire style and submission-ready standards.
  • Participated in efforts to raise private equity capital by researching and contacting outside targets and creating a valuation analysis.
  • Produced monthly and quarterly investment analytic reports including income projections and monitoring, and credit quality of portfolio.

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