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Working As A Senior Information Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $81,320

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Information 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 Information 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
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Principal Analyst 3.3 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Management Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.2%
Analyst 3.2%
Top Employers After
Manager 5.9%
Consultant 5.3%

Senior Information Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

56.9%

Female

41.3%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

75.4%

Asian

11.4%

Hispanic or Latino

8.9%

Unknown

3.3%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

German

20.0%

Russian

20.0%

Polish

20.0%

French

20.0%

Vietnamese

20.0%
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Senior Information Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

University of Washington

8.9%

George Washington University

8.9%

Bowie State University

5.4%

University of Rochester

5.4%

Drexel University

5.4%

University of Southern California

5.4%

University of Delaware

5.4%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

California State University - Los Angeles

3.6%

Christopher Newport University

3.6%

National University

3.6%

Northeastern Illinois University

3.6%

Central Michigan University

3.6%

Kennesaw State University

3.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.6%

University of Northern Iowa

3.6%

Ohio State University College of Optometry

3.6%

Sojourner-Douglass College

3.6%
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Majors

Business

25.5%

Computer Science

10.2%

Computer Information Systems

8.9%

Marketing

6.4%

Psychology

4.5%

Finance

4.5%

Law

4.5%

Management

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Biology

3.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.2%

Information Systems

3.2%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Information Technology

2.5%

Public Administration

2.5%

Geography

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Information Sciences

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Library Science

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

37.9%

Bachelors

34.2%

Other

11.9%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

5.8%

Doctorate

4.1%
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Real Senior Information Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Enterprise Information Analyst Dolby Laboratories, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 05, 2015 $145,000 -
$151,900
SR. Analyst III, Commercial Information Biogen IDEC Weston, MA Oct 09, 2014 $142,100 -
$146,100
Senior Enterprise Information Analyst Dolby Laboratories, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 02, 2014 $120,107 -
$145,000
Senior Information Analyst Citgo Petroleum Corporation Houston, TX Jul 21, 2016 $112,820
SR. Information Analyst Citgo Petroleum Corporation Houston, TX Feb 25, 2010 $109,930
Senior Information Analyst Citgo Petroleum Corporation Houston, TX Jun 29, 2014 $106,200
Senior Information Development Analyst Molson Coors Brewing Company Golden, CO Aug 24, 2013 $103,530
Senior Information Analyst Citgo Petroleum Houston, TX Nov 04, 2014 $101,850
Senior Information Analyst Citgo Petroleum Corporation Houston, TX Jul 21, 2013 $101,850
Senior Information Development Analyst Molson Coors Brewing Company Golden, CO Aug 23, 2010 $100,000
Senior Information Analyst Reynolds American Inc. Services Company Winston-Salem, NC Sep 30, 2012 $99,085
Senior Information Analyst Citgo Petroleum Corporation Houston, TX Jun 29, 2011 $96,720
Senior Analyst-Information Architecture Lineage Logistics, LLC Irvine, CA Sep 20, 2016 $90,000 -
$105,000
Senior Analyst-Information Architecture Lineage Logistics, LLC Irvine, CA Sep 22, 2016 $90,000 -
$105,000
Senior Customer Information Management Analyst HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Salinas, CA Jun 15, 2010 $89,705
SR. Information Management Analyst Trinet Hr Corporation Bradenton, FL Nov 16, 2015 $89,500
SR. Information Analyst Cellco Partnership Warren, NJ Sep 13, 2010 $88,000 -
$91,700
Senior Customer Information Management Analyst HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Tigard, OR May 24, 2010 $86,183
SR. Information Analyst Cellco Partnership Walnut Creek, CA May 14, 2012 $86,091 -
$98,392
SR Customer Information Management Analyst HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Salinas, CA Apr 03, 2009 $85,592
Senior Customer Information Management Analyst HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Mettawa, IL Oct 01, 2011 $77,000
Senior Customer Information Management Analyst HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Buffalo, NY Jun 14, 2013 $76,385
Senior Customer Information Managementt Analyst HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Mettawa, IL Jun 04, 2014 $76,220
Senior Customer Information Management Analyst HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Mettawa, IL Oct 18, 2013 $76,220
Senior Information Analyst Successfactors, Inc. Washington, DC Oct 18, 2010 $75,858 -
$80,000
Senior Customer Information Management Analyst HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Mettawa, IL Oct 18, 2010 $74,000
Senior Customer Information Management Analyst HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Las Vegas, NV Apr 15, 2011 $73,038

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Top Skills for A Senior Information Analyst

DatabaseDesignProceduresSQLServerFinancialAnalysisWebComplianceProjectManagementInfrastructureInformationTechnologyWindowsQAUnixArchitectureTechnicalSupportBusinessIntelligenceSASManagementSystemPCAuditQuery

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Top Senior Information Analyst Skills

  1. Database Design
  2. Procedures
  3. SQL Server
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with Investor Services management team to standardize policies and procedures across entire client base where feasible.
  • Converted existing queries from MS Access program over to SQL Server stored procedure.
  • Perform moderately complex statistical, cost, and financial analysis of data reported in the various financial systems.
  • Created SIS web files of books.
  • Evaluate medical data for clinical accuracy, database formatting standards, and compliance to Department of Defense requirements.

Top Senior Information Analyst Employers