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Working As A Senior Business Data Analyst

  • 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 Business Data 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 Business Data 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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Average Length of Employment
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Data Analyst 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 1.8%
Analyst 1.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.0%
Analyst 1.5%

Senior Business Data Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

52.6%

Female

42.6%

Unknown

4.7%
Ethnicity

White

55.1%

Asian

32.1%

Hispanic or Latino

7.6%

Unknown

4.3%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Portuguese

33.3%

Senior Business Data Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

Southern Methodist University

6.3%

Webster University

6.3%

Middle Tennessee State University

6.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.2%

University of Houston

4.2%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

4.2%

Saint Edward's University

4.2%

Johnson & Wales University

4.2%

Harvard University

4.2%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.2%

Argosy University-Phoenix

4.2%

Kent State University

4.2%

Georgia State University

4.2%

Kingston University

4.2%

Western Illinois University

4.2%

University of North Texas

4.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.2%

University of Southern California

4.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.0%

Business

17.5%

Finance

9.2%

Engineering

6.5%

Information Systems

6.0%

Computer Information Systems

5.5%

Project Management

4.6%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Management

3.7%

Information Technology

3.7%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Management Science

2.3%

Computer Applications

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.3%

Computer Programming

2.3%

Accounting

2.3%

Mathematics

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Marketing

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

50.0%

Bachelors

31.2%

Other

10.6%

Certificate

3.5%

Associate

3.2%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Senior Business Data Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Business/Data Analyst Diversant LLC New York, NY Jun 03, 2013 $130,000 -
$140,000
Senior Business Data Analyst Intuit Mountain View, CA May 16, 2016 $130,000
Senior Business Data Analyst Intuit Mountain View, CA Apr 22, 2016 $130,000
Senior Business Data Analyst Intuit Mountain View, CA Dec 09, 2016 $127,000 -
$190,500
Senior Business Data Analyst Intuit Mountain View, CA Aug 15, 2016 $125,000
Senior Business Data Analyst Intuit Mountain View, CA Oct 21, 2016 $125,000 -
$143,750
Senior Business/Data Analyst Whitridge Associates, Inc. Boston, MA Feb 01, 2010 $122,590
Senior Business Data Analyst Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Quincy, MA Dec 03, 2014 $121,160
Senior Business Data Analyst Intuit Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 23, 2015 $119,517 -
$144,612
Senior Business Analyst-Data Governance Moody's Shared Services, Inc. New York, NY Feb 22, 2016 $115,566
Senior Business Data Analyst Intuit Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 22, 2016 $115,211 -
$150,396
Senior Business Data Analyst Intuit Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 01, 2015 $114,400 -
$130,000
Senior Business Data Analyst Intuit Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jan 08, 2015 $114,400 -
$130,000
Senior Business Data Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Coppell, TX Jul 28, 2013 $100,296
Senior Business Data Analyst Intuit Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 30, 2015 $100,235 -
$144,612
Senior Business Data Analyst Intuit Inc. Plano, TX Aug 29, 2016 $100,000 -
$113,300
Senior Business Data Analyst Intuit Inc. Plano, TX Sep 26, 2016 $100,000 -
$113,300
Business Data Analyst (Business Analytics, Senior Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Jan 07, 2013 $98,100 -
$171,900
Senior Business/Data Analyst Servicenow, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 28, 2012 $97,750 -
$101,000
Senior Business and Data Quality Analyst Grubhub Inc. Chicago, IL May 20, 2014 $90,000
Senior Business and Data Quality Analyst Grubhub Holdings, Inc. Chicago, IL Jan 14, 2015 $90,000
SR. Business Data Analyst Akraya Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 16, 2015 $90,000
SAP SR. Business Intelligence/Data Migration Devel Rexnord Industries, LLC Milwaukee, WI Sep 02, 2013 $89,669 -
$110,000
Senior Analyst, Business Analytics and Data Visualization The E.W. Scripps Company Cincinnati, OH Aug 23, 2016 $89,357
Senior Business Data Analyst Jack In The Box, Inc. San Diego, CA Mar 09, 2015 $86,190
Senior Business Data Analyst Fishbowl, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $85,000
SR. Analyst, Business Analytics and Data Visualization The E.W. Scripps Company Cincinnati, OH Sep 29, 2015 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Business Data Analyst

BusinessRequirementDocumentDataDictionaryBusinessProcessModelsVisioUATETLDataAnalysisDataWarehouseTestCasesFinancialJADWebSMEUserAcceptanceSharepointComplianceWindowsXPDataModelsQABusinessRules

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Top Senior Business Data Analyst Skills

  1. Business Requirement Document
  2. Data Dictionary
  3. Business Process Models
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared the Business requirement Document for the enhancement of the existing services.
  • Worked with Business Data Requirements group to create an enterprise wide Data Dictionary through Advantage program.
  • Followed top down, leveled technique for building Business Process Models.
  • Developed, maintained and presented to executive management the annual multi-million dollar division IT development budget.
  • Analyzed data and evaluated the results and formed conclusions before providing and implementing process.

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