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Working As A Senior Leader

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

  • Repetitive

  • $101,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Leader 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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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 Leader Career Paths

Senior Leader
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Operations Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Technical Delivery Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Operations Project Manager Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Network Manager Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Quality Manager Process Improvement Manager
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Enterprise Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Enterprise Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Technical Support Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Leader 4.0 years
Lead Technician 3.3 years
Software Leader 3.3 years
Application Lead 3.0 years
Project Leader 2.7 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Senior Leader
Consultant 6.1%
Manager 5.5%
Developer 3.8%
Internship 3.6%
Leader 3.5%
Supervisor 3.5%
Cashier 3.0%
Technician 2.7%
Top Careers After Senior Leader
Manager 6.6%
Consultant 6.4%
Internship 6.2%
Supervisor 4.4%
Cashier 4.0%
President 3.9%
Owner 3.6%
Volunteer 3.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$101,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$73,000
Min 10%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$140,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Senior Leader make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Leader in the United States is $101,881 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $74,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $140,000.

Real Senior Leader Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Engineering Lead Optimizely, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 29, 2016 $210,000
Program Senior Lead Citigroup Technology, Inc. New York, NY Aug 02, 2016 $195,000
SR. Lead Workload Engineer Cavium, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 26, 2016 $170,000 -
$195,000
Senior Leader-Digital Learning and Technology General Electric Co. (GE Corporate Ossining, NY Mar 23, 2016 $169,000 -
$200,000
Senior Technical Lead Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Aug 20, 2015 $165,715
Senior Leader Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Inc.-Feinstein Kean Healthcare Washington, DC Oct 01, 2015 $160,000
Senior Leader Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Inc.-Feinstein Kean Healthcare Washington, DC Jan 10, 2015 $160,000
Senior Design Lead Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 25, 2016 $159,900 -
$179,900
Senior Design Lead Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 11, 2015 $159,900
Senior Development Lead Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA May 01, 2015 $159,178
Senior Development Lead Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Apr 08, 2015 $158,698
Senior Design Lead Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 28, 2016 $157,218
Senior Development Lead Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Mar 01, 2015 $156,153
Senior Technical Lead Scholastic Inc. New York, NY Jul 15, 2015 $116,813
Senior Technical Lead Accenture LLP Houston, TX Mar 23, 2016 $116,200
Senior Technical Lead Accenture LLP Houston, TX May 19, 2016 $116,200
Senior Technical Lead Accenture LLP Houston, TX Feb 25, 2016 $116,200
Senior Technical Lead Metricstream, Inc. Warren, NJ Jul 09, 2016 $116,000
Senior Design Lead Manhattan Associates, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 02, 2016 $115,767
Senior Technical Lead Incessant Technologies Na Inc. Fairfield, NJ Mar 16, 2015 $96,365
SR. Engineering Lead ABB Enterprise Software Inc. Sugar Land, TX Jul 12, 2016 $96,078 -
$135,850
Senior Technical Lead-Portal Applications SDG Corporation New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $96,000
Senior RF Network Planning and Optimization Lead Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Arlington Heights, IL Aug 01, 2015 $95,971 -
$149,495
Senior Lead Engineering Globallogic, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Nov 28, 2016 $95,400 -
$105,000
SR. Technical Lead Sedona, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 26, 2016 $95,306 -
$125,640
Senior Technical Lead Saba Software Inc. Austin, TX Nov 16, 2015 $95,098
Senior Lean Leader Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Cranston, RI Aug 18, 2015 $95,064

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Top Skills for A Senior Leader

  1. Web Application
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created detailed application & procedural documentation for more than a 100 implemented Windows-based web applications.
  • Maintain integrity of the procurement process and adherence to Purchasing Manual procedures to ensure compliance with internal Controls and Government regulations.
  • Created a conceptual data model for their first data warehouse iteration and made implementation recommendations.
  • Maintain the highest level of customer service standards while consistently delighting our customers and exceeding expectations.
  • Designed and developed PL/SQL procedures to collect data via nightly processes to avoid load on the server during peak hours.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Leaders

  1. Washington
  2. Massachusetts
  3. California
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Virginia
  6. Georgia
  7. New York
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Minnesota
  10. Delaware
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Senior Leader Demographics

Gender

Male

62.2%

Female

26.0%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Asian

12.7%

Black or African American

11.2%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.1%

French

7.1%

German

6.3%

Italian

4.8%

Portuguese

4.8%

Carrier

3.7%

Chinese

3.3%

Mandarin

3.0%

Russian

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Japanese

2.2%

Finnish

1.9%

Greek

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Swedish

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Thai

0.7%
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Senior Leader Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.7%

Pennsylvania State University

6.0%

University of Houston

5.6%

University of Maryland - University College

5.4%

Strayer University

5.0%

Texas A&M University

4.8%

Purdue University

4.5%

American University

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Community College of the Air Force

3.9%

Central Texas College

3.9%

Northern Illinois University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.3%

Ashford University

3.3%

The Academy

3.3%

University of Washington

3.3%

More Tech Institute

3.3%

University of Central Florida

3.2%
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Majors

Business

25.3%

Computer Science

11.0%

Electrical Engineering

7.6%

Accounting

4.9%

Management

4.8%

Mechanical Engineering

4.2%

Psychology

4.0%

Finance

3.8%

Information Technology

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Computer Applications

3.2%

Engineering

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Marketing

2.8%

Communication

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

General Studies

2.3%

Graphic Design

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.7%

Masters

23.6%

Other

19.6%

Associate

8.2%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.2%
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