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Working As A Senior Information Systems Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $97,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Information Systems 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 Systems 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 Information Systems Analyst Career Paths

Senior Information Systems Analyst
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Solutions Architect Network Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Solutions Architect
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Finance Manager Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Functional Lead Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Project Manager Infrastructure Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Human Resources Manager Talent Acquisition Manager
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Top Careers Before Senior Information Systems Analyst
Consultant 5.4%
Analyst 2.7%
Manager 2.5%
Top Careers After Senior Information Systems Analyst
Consultant 8.2%
Manager 3.5%

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Senior Information Systems Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

60.7%

Female

30.4%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Asian

11.4%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

French

16.7%

Portuguese

5.6%

Chinese

5.6%

Ukrainian

5.6%

Japanese

5.6%

Mandarin

5.6%

Russian

5.6%
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Senior Information Systems Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.7%

Strayer University

10.4%

University of Maryland - University College

7.9%

Colorado Technical University

6.1%

Capella University

5.5%

George Washington University

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.3%

DePaul University

4.3%

Western Governors University

4.3%

Boston University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.0%

George Mason University

3.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.0%

Purdue University

3.0%

Northern Illinois University

3.0%

Central Texas College

3.0%

Syracuse University

2.4%

National University

2.4%

Villanova University

2.4%

Wayne State University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

24.9%

Computer Science

14.2%

Computer Information Systems

9.5%

Information Technology

7.3%

Management Information Systems

5.8%

Information Systems

5.4%

Management

4.4%

Project Management

4.1%

Finance

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Accounting

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Mathematics

2.2%

Computer Systems Security

1.7%

Nursing

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Psychology

1.4%

Computer Programming

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.8%

Masters

32.8%

Other

12.8%

Associate

6.8%

Certificate

3.4%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Senior Information Systems Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Information Systems Analyst in the United States is $97,524 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $78,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $121,000.

Real Senior Information Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Systems Analyst, IT C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 01, 2015 $126,084
SR. IT Business System Analyst Riverbed Technology, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 01, 2016 $124,915 -
$150,000
SR. IT Business System Analyst Riverbed Technology, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 11, 2016 $124,915 -
$150,000
Senior Information Systems Analyst Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 17, 2015 $123,188
SR IT Bus Systems Analyst Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Jan 10, 2016 $121,222 -
$134,000
SR. IT Business Systems Analyst Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Nov 11, 2016 $121,222 -
$130,520
SR IT Business Systems Analyst Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Jan 07, 2016 $121,222 -
$125,000
Senior IT Systems Analyst Integrator Envision, LLC Phoenix, AZ Oct 05, 2016 $120,640
Senior Information Systems Analyst Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 28, 2016 $120,000
Senior Systems Analyst-It Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Nov 03, 2016 $118,706 -
$121,200
Senior Systems Analyst-It Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Mar 23, 2016 $118,706 -
$121,200
Systems Analyst Senior-It Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Feb 29, 2016 $115,773 -
$121,200
Senior Systems Analyst-It Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Feb 24, 2016 $115,773
Senior Systems Analyst-It Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA May 18, 2015 $115,773
Senior IT Systems Analyst Optum Services, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Jan 03, 2016 $104,520 -
$110,000
Senior IT Business Systems Analyst SAP Automation Medtronic, Inc. Mounds View, MN Sep 12, 2016 $104,291
Senior IT Business Systems Analyst Esurance Insurance Services, Inc. Rocklin, CA Jun 07, 2016 $103,730
Senior IT Business/Systems Analyst Cyberonics, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 29, 2016 $103,667
Senior IT Business/Systems Analyst Cyberonics, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 04, 2015 $102,981 -
$104,000
SR. IT Business Systems Analyst-Oracle Ebusiness Suite ERP U.G.N., Inc. Tinley Park, IL Nov 14, 2016 $102,461 -
$115,000
Senior Systems Analyst-IT Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Jul 24, 2016 $102,000 -
$115,773
Senior Systems Analyst-IT Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Apr 15, 2016 $101,941 -
$121,200
Multi Function Information Systems Analyst SR. Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Baltimore, MD Apr 02, 2015 $96,346 -
$112,425
SR. IT Quality Systems Analyst Medtronic, Inc. Mounds View, MN Oct 31, 2016 $95,600
Senior IT Systems Analyst Optum Services, Inc. Ridgefield, NJ Aug 13, 2015 $95,074 -
$107,900
Senior IT Systems Analyst Daniels Associates, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Nov 09, 2016 $95,040
Business Information Systems Analyst SR. Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI Aug 11, 2016 $95,000
SR. IT Business Systems Analyst Medtronic, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Oct 11, 2016 $95,000
Senior Geospatial Information Systems Analyst Tango Management Consulting, LLC Irving, TX Sep 13, 2015 $95,000
HR Information Systems Analyst, SR. Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego San Diego, CA Dec 15, 2016 $94,890 -
$117,416

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  2. Project Management
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  • Developed/Maintained Information Technology security guidelines.
  • Project management methodology documentation, preparation of operations bulletins, and user training documentation.
  • Analyzed customer needs, designed databases, authored supporting documentation and implemented appropriate production procedures.
  • Used agile methodology, gathered business requirements from user stories and developed specification from which programs were written from.
  • Assessed reporting and analysis requirements, performed data warehouse readiness and proposed Business Intelligence solution to fulfill Marketing Department s requirements.

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