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Working As A Senior Programmer Analyst Lead

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

  • Repetitive

  • $98,147

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Programmer Analyst Lead 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 Programmer Analyst Lead

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 Programmer Analyst Lead Career Paths

Senior Programmer Analyst Lead
Senior Information Technology Manager Management Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Lead Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Lead Technician Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Information Technology Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Technology Manager Program Director Deputy Director
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Lead Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
System Development Manager Information Technology Director Principal Consultant
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
System Development Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Quality Assurance Lead Lead Engineer
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Systems Analyst 3.3 years
Technical Analyst 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Programmer 6.5%
Consultant 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.2%

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Senior Programmer Analyst Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

73.6%

Female

23.3%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

55.1%

Asian

19.5%

Black or African American

10.9%

Hispanic or Latino

10.5%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

28.6%

Spanish

28.6%

Portuguese

14.3%

Sindhi

14.3%

Chinese

14.3%
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Senior Programmer Analyst Lead Education

Schools

More Tech Institute

8.9%

University of Phoenix

7.6%

Stevens Institute of Technology

7.6%

Villanova University

6.3%

DePaul University

6.3%

State University of New York Stony Brook

6.3%

University of South Florida

5.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.1%

Strayer University

5.1%

George Washington University

3.8%

Brigham Young University

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Western Washington University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.8%

Northern Illinois University

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

34.1%

Business

14.4%

Computer Applications

5.1%

Computer Engineering

5.1%

Computer Information Systems

4.9%

Computer Programming

4.9%

Information Systems

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.0%

Project Management

2.7%

Mathematics

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Finance

2.2%

Engineering

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Management

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Statistics

1.4%

Accounting

1.4%

Computer Systems Security

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.2%

Masters

29.4%

Other

11.5%

Associate

8.4%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

2.3%

Doctorate

1.0%
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Real Senior Programmer Analyst Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Programmer Analyst (Lead Rules Analyst-Ilog) Adroit Software, Inc. Charlotte, NC Jun 20, 2016 $141,916
Senior Programmer Analyst (Lead Rules Analyst-Ilog) Adroit Software, Inc. Charlotte, NC Jun 20, 2015 $141,916
SR. Programmer Analyst/Team Lead Cyber Resource Group Inc. North Brunswick, NJ Jun 07, 2016 $123,490
Lead Programmer Analyst (F/K/A Senior Programmer) The Advisory Board Company Washington, DC Nov 13, 2016 $122,000
Analyst Programmer Senior Lead Honeywell International Inc. Melville, NY Sep 08, 2011 $120,000
Senior Programmer Analyst (Lead Rules Analyst Adroit Software, Inc. Charlotte, NC Jul 25, 2013 $120,000
SR. Programmer Analyst-Operations Lead Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Oct 18, 2016 $117,200
Technical Lead/Sr Programmer Analyst The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Hightstown, NJ Apr 09, 2012 $110,323
Senior Programmer Analyst/Project Lead Param Healthcare & It Services Iselin, NJ Oct 12, 2015 $108,805
Senior Programmer Analyst/Data Virtualization Lead Cymer LLC San Diego, CA Aug 22, 2016 $106,800 -
$165,500
SR Programmer Analyst/Technical Lead Itcaps LLC Atlanta, GA Jan 17, 2016 $104,350
SR. Programmer Analyst/Lead New York Technology Partners, Inc. New York, NY Feb 03, 2014 $100,000
SR. Programmer Analyst/Lead New York Technology Partners, Inc. New York, NY Apr 08, 2013 $100,000
SR. Programmer Analyst/Project Lead Kyra Solutions, Inc.; (FKA: Kyra Infotech, Inc.) Boca Raton, FL Dec 30, 2015 $97,500
SR. Programmer Analyst/Project Lead Kyra Infotech, Inc. Boca Raton, FL Dec 29, 2013 $97,500
Technical Lead/Senior Programmer Analyst Allant Group, LLC Naperville, IL Sep 12, 2016 $96,926
Technical Lead/Senior Programmer Analyst Allant Group, LLC Naperville, IL Dec 09, 2016 $96,926
Lead-Software/Sr. Programmer Analyst Synechron, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Jun 09, 2014 $96,664
Team Lead, Senior ETL Programmer Analyst AAA Auto Club South, Inc. Tampa, FL Sep 21, 2011 $96,408
Tech Lead, SR. ETL Programmer Analyst AAA Auto Club South, Inc. Tampa, FL Sep 21, 2011 $96,408
Senior Programmer Analyst (Project Lead) Synechron, Inc. Nashville, TN Jan 15, 2011 $96,000
Senior Programmer Analyst-Operations Lead Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Piscataway, NJ Oct 18, 2010 $86,100 -
$129,240
Technical Lead/Senior Programmer Analyst The Allant Group Naperville, IL Jun 23, 2015 $82,000
Technical Lead/Senior Programmer Analyst The Allant Group, Inc. Naperville, IL Dec 20, 2012 $81,000 -
$85,000
SR. Programmer Analyst (Project Lead) Synechron, Inc. Addison, TX Nov 12, 2012 $80,000
SR. Programmer Analyst (Lead Programmer) ZON Re-USA, LLC Mount Arlington, NJ Apr 16, 2016 $80,000 -
$100,000
Lead Senior Programmer Analyst Delta Dental of Virginia Roanoke, VA Aug 13, 2012 $78,894
Senior Programmer Analyst Lead O'Neil Data Systems LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 14, 2016 $76,650

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  • Participated in various bug fixing and enhancements of different application PL/SQL programs.
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  • Developed web-based reports on energy data and metrics related to energy usage using Crystal Reports and Microsoft Access.
  • Implemented new Configuration Management procedures including installation and setup of new Visual SourceSafe version control software.

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