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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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10 Senior Programmer Analyst jobs

Amiti Consulting
Ashburn, VA
Systems Analyst

$65,000 Estimated

Amiti Consulting
Ashburn, VA
Systems Analyst

$65,000 Estimated

Caci International Inc.
Ashburn, VA
SAP Functional Analyst (Fulfillment)

$96,539 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Senior Threat Monitoring Analyst

$83,301 Estimated

Global Channel Management, Inc.
Ashburn, VA
Senior Pricing Analyst

$81,308 Estimated

Jobleads
Ashburn, VA
Principal Hyperion Technical Analyst - Finance Systems, Global Business Finance

$66,066 Estimated

Avacend's Consulting & Staffing
Ashburn, VA
Software Application Developer / Analyst - I

$88,000 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Senior Financial Analyst Planning & Forecasting

$76,146 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Senior Financial Analyst Planning & Forecasting

$76,146 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Senior Cyber Intel Analyst

$81,527 Estimated

Amiti Consulting
Ashburn, VA
Systems Analyst

$65,000 Estimated

Amiti Consulting
Ashburn, VA
Systems Analyst

$65,000 Estimated

Caci International Inc.
Ashburn, VA
SAP Functional Analyst (Fulfillment)

$96,539 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Senior Threat Monitoring Analyst

$83,301 Estimated

Global Channel Management, Inc.
Ashburn, VA
Senior Pricing Analyst

$81,308 Estimated

Jobleads
Ashburn, VA
Principal Hyperion Technical Analyst - Finance Systems, Global Business Finance

$66,066 Estimated

Avacend's Consulting & Staffing
Ashburn, VA
Software Application Developer / Analyst - I

$88,000 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Senior Financial Analyst Planning & Forecasting

$76,146 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Senior Financial Analyst Planning & Forecasting

$76,146 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Senior Cyber Intel Analyst

$81,527 Estimated

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Real Senior Programmer Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Programmer Analyst-Specialist TSR Consulting Services, Inc. New York, NY Jul 16, 2016 $190,000
Senior Programmer/Analyst Talentbloc Inc. New York, NY Aug 21, 2015 $187,200
Senior Programmer Analyst R3 Technology Inc. Spring, TX Dec 28, 2015 $180,000
Sr.Programmer Analyst R3 Technology Inc. Spring, TX Apr 01, 2015 $180,000
Senior Programmer/Analyst Advent Global Solutions, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 28, 2015 $173,056
Senior Programmer/Analyst Advent Global Solutions, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 31, 2015 $173,056
Senior Programmer/Analyst Advent Global Solutions, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 27, 2015 $173,056
Senior Programmer Analyst Logicland Corporation Los Angeles, CA Mar 16, 2015 $172,178
Senior Programmer Analyst Logicland Corporation Los Angeles, CA Apr 20, 2016 $172,178
Senior Programmer Analyst Zylog Systems Ltd. Newport Beach, CA Jun 16, 2015 $99,944
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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.

Top Senior Programmer Analyst Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Senior Programmer Analyst

  1. Fedex
  2. Wal-Mart
  3. Quest Diagnostics
  4. Edward Jones
  5. IBM
  6. Verizon Wireless
  7. Bank of America
  8. Fidelity National Information Services
  9. CSC
  10. Computer Sciences Corporation
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