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Working As A Senior Data Analyst-

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

  • Repetitive

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 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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Senior Data Analyst- Career Paths

Senior Data Analyst-
Project Manager President Analyst
Analyst Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Management Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Business Intelligence Architect Solutions Architect
Architect & Project Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Business Insight And Analytics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Consultant Processing Manager
Business Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Datastage Developer Data Analyst Marketing Analyst
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Owner Field Representative Field Director
Data Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Data Manager Operations Manager Regional Sales Manager
Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Data Manager Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Architect Senior Database Administrator Lead Technician
ETL Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant
Lead Consultant
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager, Enterprise Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Chief Technology Officer Technical Consultant
Oracle Consultant
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Manager & Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Tableau Developer Senior Consultant Quality Assurance Manager
Project Manager/Test Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Compliance Specialist Senior Analyst
Senior Lead Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Contractor/Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Software Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Consultant Lead Technician
Support Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Technical Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Analyst Lead 2.8 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.6 years
Data Architect 2.5 years
Data Modeler 2.3 years
Data Analyst 2.2 years
ETL Architect 2.1 years
Top Careers Before Senior Data Analyst-
Data Analyst 34.6%
Analyst 4.9%
Consultant 3.8%
Internship 2.1%
Programmer 2.1%
Top Careers After Senior Data Analyst-
Data Analyst 15.4%
Consultant 5.2%
Analyst 3.1%

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Senior Data Analyst- Demographics

Gender

Male

57.4%

Female

37.4%

Unknown

5.2%
Ethnicity

White

49.5%

Asian

23.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.0%

Chinese

11.2%

Mandarin

10.3%

French

10.3%

Cantonese

6.5%

Russian

5.6%

Portuguese

5.6%

German

3.7%

Arabic

3.7%

Carrier

2.8%

Hindi

1.9%

Korean

1.9%

Indonesian

1.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Hungarian

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Wolof

0.9%

Malay

0.9%

Catalan

0.9%
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Senior Data Analyst- Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.9%

Strayer University

6.1%

George Mason University

5.7%

Northeastern University

5.7%

University of Houston

5.0%

New York University

4.6%

Arizona State University

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

DePaul University

4.6%

Georgia State University

4.3%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.3%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.9%

George Washington University

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.6%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

Columbia University

3.6%

Northern Illinois University

3.6%

Drexel University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

20.4%

Computer Science

16.0%

Finance

6.3%

Computer Information Systems

6.2%

Statistics

4.4%

Management Information Systems

4.2%

Economics

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Information Technology

4.0%

Accounting

3.9%

Management

3.5%

Computer Applications

3.3%

Mathematics

3.3%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Information Systems

2.7%

Management Science

2.5%

Engineering

2.5%

Project Management

2.2%

Psychology

2.0%

Marketing

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.0%

Masters

35.3%

Other

13.2%

Associate

5.5%

Doctorate

3.3%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.0%
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Real Senior Data Analyst- Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Data Analyst Netflix Los Gatos, CA Oct 30, 2015 $260,000
Senior Data Analyst Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC New York, NY Mar 24, 2016 $179,800
Sr.Data Analyst Amicus Systems Inc. Hillsdale, NY Feb 27, 2015 $166,960
Senior Data Analyst Amicus Systems Inc. Hillsdale, NY Mar 16, 2015 $166,960
Senior Data Analyst Aviso, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 01, 2015 $165,000
Senior Analyst, Product Data Science Salesforce.com Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2015 $165,000
Senior Analyst, Product Data Science Salesforce.com Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 27, 2015 $165,000
Senior Data Analyst Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 15, 2016 $164,382
SR. Data Governance & BI Business Analyst Slalom, LLC Palo Alto, CA Dec 30, 2016 $146,058 -
$155,000
SR. Data Analyst Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 19, 2015 $145,000 -
$164,900
Senior Data Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA May 24, 2016 $145,000
SR. Data Analyst Arch Systems, LLC Baltimore, MD Feb 18, 2016 $145,000
Senior Data Analyst Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 01, 2016 $144,000
SR. Data Insights Analyst Yahoo! Inc. Vista, CA Dec 12, 2016 $99,000 -
$119,000
SR. Data Warehouse Analyst Insurance Company of The West San Diego, CA Sep 09, 2015 $98,550
Senior Consultant/Senior Data Analyst Capgemini U.S. LLC Jersey City, NJ Mar 30, 2015 $98,405 -
$130,000
Senior Data Science Analyst Razorfish, LLC New York, NY Jun 20, 2016 $98,330 -
$118,330
Senior Data Analyst McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States Atlanta, GA Aug 15, 2016 $98,152
SR. Data Operations Analyst Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Jan 12, 2016 $98,000
Senior Data Warehouse Analyst Carnival Corporation Miami, FL Mar 19, 2015 $98,000
Senior Data Analyst (IV) Santander Consumer USA Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 04, 2015 $98,000 -
$118,000
Senior Data Analyst/Manager FMR LLC Westlake, TX Jun 20, 2016 $84,410
Senior Data Solutions Analyst Priceline.com LLC Norwalk, CT Apr 08, 2016 $84,344 -
$100,000
Senior Data Analyst Capital One, National Association McLean, VA Apr 27, 2015 $84,150 -
$109,900
Senior Data Analyst Capital One, National Association McLean, VA Jul 25, 2015 $84,136 -
$109,900
Senior Data Analyst Capital One, National Association McLean, VA Jan 27, 2015 $84,136 -
$109,900
Senior Data Analyst Capital One, National Association McLean, VA Jul 26, 2015 $84,136 -
$109,900
Senior Data Analyst Capital One, National Association McLean, VA Jul 22, 2015 $84,136 -
$109,900
Senior Data Analyst Capital One, National Association McLean, VA Jul 24, 2015 $84,136 -
$109,900

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Senior Data Analyst-

Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
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$69,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Latham & Watkins
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Senior Data Analyst- make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Data Analyst- in the United States is $89,543 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $69,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $115,000.

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Top Skills for A Senior Data Analyst-

  1. Database
  2. Business Requirements
  3. Physical Data Models
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  • Worked with data architects and database administrator on physical model designs for multiple environments.
  • Analyzed business requirements, system requirements, data mapping requirement specifications, and responsible for documenting functional requirements and supplementary requirements.
  • Worked with Business Analyst during requirements gathering and business analysis to prepare high level Logical Data Models and Physical Data Models.
  • Initiated periodic data analyst/data management meetings focused on data standards, procedures, and documentation.
  • Assigned as ETL developer for Sales reporting project in which quality and monthly performance was reported to senior management.

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