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Become A Senior Programmer Analyst

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Working As A Senior Programmer Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Programmer Analyst Do

A Senior Programmer Analyst develops and maintains applications and databases by evaluating client needs, analyzing requirements, and developing software systems. They may work with specific computer systems, such as financial, scientific, or engineering.

How To Become A Senior Programmer 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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Real Senior Programmer Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Sr.Programmer Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 01, 2015 $165,000
Senior Programmer Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 13, 2017 $130,333 -
$131,000
SR. Programmer Analyst Protege LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 15, 2016 $127,379
SR. Programmer Analyst Protege LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 13, 2016 $127,379
SR. Programmer Analyst Protege LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 28, 2016 $127,379
SR. Programmer Analyst Protege LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 20, 2016 $127,379
SR. Programmer Analyst Protege LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 18, 2016 $127,379
SR. Programmer Analyst Protege LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 09, 2016 $127,379
SR. Programmer Analyst Asta CRS, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 17, 2016 $127,379
SR. Programmer Analyst Protege LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 24, 2016 $127,379
Sr.Programmer Analyst North Dome Solutions Ashburn, VA Nov 01, 2016 $125,757
Senior Programmer Analyst Infogen Software Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 01, 2016 $107,702 -
$108,000
SR. Programmer Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 06, 2017 $100,000
SR. Programmer Analyst Experis Us, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 25, 2017 $99,466 -
$146,090
SR. Programmer Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Senior Programmer Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 03, 2016 $95,000
SR. Programmer Analyst-(Systems Engineer Windycity Technologies Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 11, 2017 $90,000
Senior Programmer Analyst Kforce Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2014 $87,654 -
$146,090
Senior Programmer Analyst Kforce Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 29, 2016 $85,567 -
$146,090
Senior Programmer Analyst Kforce Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2017 $85,567 -
$146,090
SR. Programmer Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $80,000
SR. Programmer Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 09, 2016 $80,000
Senior Programmer Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 30, 2016 $80,000
Sr.Programmer Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 03, 2016 $78,000
SR. Programmer Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 03, 2016 $72,000
SR. Programmer Analyst Delviom LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 20, 2017 $70,803
SR. Programmer Analyst Delviom LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 11, 2017 $70,803
SR. Programmer Analyst Delviom LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2017 $70,803
SR. Programmer/Analyst Infinite Computer Solutions Ashburn, VA Mar 16, 2011 $70,000
SR. Programmer Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 10, 2015 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Programmer Analyst

Pl/SqlDataWarehouseProceduresDB2WebServicesIBMMainframeCicsJCLWindowsNTSQLServerFinancialUnixVsamASPXMLEDIC#.NETManagementSystemHtmlJavascript

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Top Senior Programmer Analyst Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Data Warehouse
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed Oracle DB queries based on business requirements that were used as starting points for production PL/SQL code.
  • Created a data warehouse and a process to archive historic production data.
  • Conducted tests to determine whether equipment, software and procedures were operating as expected.
  • Project was developed on the mainframe utilizing DB2 and COBOL, with an intranet front ends.
  • Developed and maintained java web services applications in Facets.

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