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Working As A Senior Developer Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $93,101

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Developer 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 Developer 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 Developer Analyst Career Paths

Senior Developer Analyst
Lead Developer Project Leader Information Technology Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Senior Business Analyst Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior/Lead Developer Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Analyst Lead Quality Assurance Lead Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Database Administrator
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Analyst Lead Project Manager 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
Senior/Lead Developer Architect And Developer Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Design Analyst 2.8 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
Application Lead 2.6 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 5.0%
Consultant 4.6%
Programmer 2.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.8%

Senior Developer Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

72.3%

Female

24.3%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

66.1%

Asian

21.7%

Hispanic or Latino

7.5%

Unknown

3.3%

Black or African American

1.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

Portuguese

12.5%

French

12.5%

Filipino

6.3%

Chinese

6.3%

German

6.3%

Carrier

6.3%

Hindi

6.3%

Italian

6.3%
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Senior Developer Analyst Education

Schools

Wayne State University

9.9%

University of Phoenix

8.6%

New York University

7.4%

Michigan State University

7.4%

University of Houston

6.2%

New Mexico State University

4.9%

Ohio State University

4.9%

Villanova University

4.9%

DePaul University

4.9%

Eastern Michigan University

3.7%

University of Connecticut

3.7%

University of the District of Columbia

3.7%

James Madison University

3.7%

Southern Methodist University

3.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.7%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.7%

Tulane University

3.7%

Sam Houston State University

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

Georgia State University

3.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

27.3%

Business

17.2%

Electrical Engineering

7.6%

Information Technology

4.9%

Computer Applications

4.7%

Information Systems

4.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.9%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Project Management

3.4%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Finance

2.9%

Computer Programming

2.3%

Mathematics

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Statistics

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Management

1.8%

Education

1.6%

Economics

1.6%

Industrial Technology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.9%

Masters

32.8%

Other

12.6%

Associate

4.0%

Doctorate

3.6%

Certificate

2.5%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior Developer Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Tibco Developer/Analyst Intellect It, LLC Fountain Valley, CA Aug 21, 2015 $185,000
Senior Analyst/Mobile Game Development Perfect World Entertainment Inc. Redwood City, CA Feb 09, 2016 $171,243
Senior Analyst, Oneexchange Active Product Development Team Towers Watson Pennsylvania Inc. Minneapolis, MN Apr 30, 2015 $151,000
Senior Analyst, Oneexchange Active Product Development Team Towers Watson Pennsylvania Inc. Chicago, IL Apr 08, 2015 $141,000
Senior Analyst/Developer (VP) Goldman Sachs & Co. New York, NY Sep 22, 2015 $140,000 -
$188,700
SR. Analyst/Developer Goldman Sachs & Co. New York, NY Jul 30, 2015 $137,300 -
$158,000
SR. Developer Analyst Logitech Inc. Newark, CA Jan 02, 2016 $136,000
Senior Eagle Pace Developer/Analyst Janus Management Holdings Corporation Denver, CO Nov 30, 2015 $135,000
Senior Strategy Development Analyst Wolters Kluwer United States Inc. New York, NY Feb 23, 2015 $131,976 -
$181,500
Senior Analyst/Developer Goldman Sachs & Co. New York, NY Jan 19, 2015 $130,000
Senior Hana Developer/Analyst Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 31, 2015 $130,000
Senior SAP Bo/Bi Developer/Analyst Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 31, 2015 $130,000
Senior Hana Developer/Analyst Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 24, 2016 $130,000
Senior Analyst/Developer Goldman Sachs & Co. Jersey City, NJ Sep 15, 2015 $129,355 -
$178,500
Senior Analyst Developer Dish Network LLC Englewood, CO Aug 03, 2016 $94,430
Senior Analyst/Developer Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, NY Jun 01, 2015 $94,100
Developer SR. Analyst Health Management Systems Inc. Irving, TX May 07, 2016 $94,000 -
$106,888
SR. Developer Analyst Netjets Services, Inc. Columbus, OH Apr 24, 2015 $94,000
SR Developer Analyst Codeworks Brookfield, WI Mar 10, 2016 $93,766
Technical SR. Developer Analyst Hewitt Associates LLC Lincolnshire, IL Jan 09, 2016 $93,730
Developer Senior Analyst Health Management Systems, Inc. Irving, TX Feb 04, 2016 $93,700 -
$106,888
Software Development SR. Analyst Dell Marketing L.P. Plano, TX Sep 23, 2015 $79,750
Senior Developer/Analyst HMS Business Services, Inc. D/B/A HMS Irving, TX Jul 20, 2015 $79,747 -
$106,888
Senior Developer Analyst HMS Business Services, Inc. Irving, TX Mar 10, 2015 $79,747 -
$106,888
Developer Senior Analyst HMS Business Services, Inc. D/B/A HMS Irving, TX Nov 05, 2015 $79,747 -
$106,888
Developer Senior Analysts HMS Business Services, Inc. Irving, TX Jun 15, 2015 $79,747 -
$106,888
Developer Senior Analyst HMS Business Services, Inc. D/B/A HMS Irving, TX Jun 22, 2015 $79,747 -
$106,888
Senior Developer Analyst HMS Business Services, Inc. D/B/A HMS Irving, TX Oct 22, 2015 $79,747 -
$102,000
Software Development Senior Analyst Dell Marketing, LP Plano, TX Oct 01, 2015 $79,670

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Top Skills for A Senior Developer Analyst

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Top Senior Developer Analyst Skills

  1. SQL Server
  2. Proc Freq
  3. Data Manipulation
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed 3 MS SQL Server 2000 servers holding 15 databases with over 30 Gigabytes of data.
  • Provided technical support on SAS programming related to data manipulation and analysis.
  • Developed web based recruiting and candidate/search management system and deployed for several clients in Metro NYC area.
  • Team size: 6 Environment: Siebel Call Center 7.5.x, Oracle 9i, SQL, Windows XP.
  • Identified customer needs, defined parameters, created specifications, and translated into business requirements.

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