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Working As A Senior Reporting Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $36,360

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Reporting 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 Reporting 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 Reporting Analyst Career Paths

Senior Reporting Analyst
News Editor Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Manager Senior Manager
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Reporting Manager Controller
Chief Finance Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Reporting Manager Assistant Controller Senior Manager
Client Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Technical Writer Program Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
News Editor Managing Editor Marketing Director
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Instructor Chief Executive Officer
Managing Member
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Controller General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Director Marketing Director
President/Chief Executive Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Communications Director Marketing Director
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Marketing Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Editor Technical Writer Business Analyst
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Senior Reporting Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

54.1%

Female

43.3%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

75.0%

Asian

11.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Unknown

3.1%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.2%

French

11.8%

Russian

7.8%

Portuguese

5.9%

Italian

5.9%

Mandarin

3.9%

German

3.9%

Japanese

3.9%

Chinese

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Albanian

2.0%

Greek

2.0%

Dari

2.0%

Persian

2.0%

Danish

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Polish

2.0%
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Senior Reporting Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.7%

Kent State University

6.3%

Columbia University

6.3%

New York University

5.4%

Michigan State University

5.4%

San Francisco State University

5.4%

Texas State University

5.4%

University of Cincinnati

4.5%

Pace University - New York

4.5%

Auburn University

4.5%

Temple University

4.5%

University of Central Oklahoma

4.5%

George Mason University

4.5%

University of Florida

4.5%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

University of Delaware

4.5%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.5%

Ohio University -

3.6%

Appalachian State University

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%
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Majors

Business

18.3%

Journalism

15.6%

Accounting

12.4%

Finance

9.8%

Communication

7.6%

English

5.0%

Political Science

3.6%

Economics

3.4%

Management

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Computer Science

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.1%

Education

2.0%

Law

1.8%

Information Systems

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

History

1.6%

Sociology

1.6%

Writing

1.4%

Information Technology

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.3%

Masters

28.1%

Other

13.5%

Associate

2.9%

Certificate

2.6%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Reporting Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Reporter/Host/Anchor (Soccer) ESPN Productions, Inc. Bristol, CT Feb 29, 2016 $190,000
Senior Reporter/Host/Anchor (Spanish Language, Soccer) ESPN Productions, Inc. Bristol, CT Apr 27, 2016 $180,000
Senior Reporting Analyst Marchex, Inc. Seattle, WA Apr 18, 2016 $135,000
Senior Analyst I, Reporting Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Mar 27, 2015 $134,742 -
$143,894
Senior Analyst I, Reporting Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA May 10, 2015 $134,742 -
$143,894
Senior Analyst I, Reporting Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Oct 23, 2015 $134,742 -
$143,894
Assistant Director, Senior Reporting Analyst Moody's Analytics, Inc. Dallas, TX Feb 20, 2013 $122,622
Senior Reporting Analyst Moody's Analytics, Inc. New York, NY Dec 21, 2010 $110,160
Senior Medical Informatics Reporting Analyst Altamed Health Services Corporation Los Angeles, CA Jul 29, 2013 $110,011
Senior Reporting Analyst Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Sep 28, 2009 $110,000
Senior Reporter American Media, Inc. New York, NY Nov 08, 2010 $110,000
Senior Reporting Analyst Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 27, 2011 $102,000
Senior Reporting Analyst Moody's Analytics, Inc. New York, NY Nov 22, 2009 $102,000
Senior Reporting Analyst Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 13, 2016 $97,115 -
$117,115
Senior Reporting Analyst/System Engineer I Deltek, Inc. Herndon, VA Jul 02, 2010 $87,000
Senior Reporting Analyst Highmark, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Nov 08, 2016 $86,466 -
$90,000
Senior Reporting Analyst H.F.F. Investments, Corp. Weston, FL Oct 18, 2011 $86,029 -
$86,050
Senior Analyst I-Reporting (Clinical & Business Analytics) Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Nov 12, 2015 $85,009 -
$143,894
Senior Reporter Modernepic LLC New York, NY Sep 19, 2016 $85,000
Senior Reporting Analyst Ticketmaster LLC West Hollywood, CA Apr 30, 2010 $85,000
Senior Reporter Modernepic LLC New York, NY Nov 07, 2016 $85,000
Senior Reporting Analyst MacQuarie Aircraft Leasing Services (Us) Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 20, 2012 $84,594 -
$120,000
SR. Reporting Analyst Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA May 10, 2010 $75,600 -
$113,400
SR. Reporting Analyst Expedia, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jul 05, 2010 $75,000 -
$77,738
Senior Reporter Mergermarket (U.S.) Ltd. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $75,000
Senior Reporting Analyst Ticketmaster, LLC Los Angeles, CA Dec 13, 2012 $74,880 -
$88,650
Senior Reporter-Global Capital Institutional Investor LLC New York, NY Apr 27, 2014 $74,500
SR. Reporting Analyst Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 01, 2010 $73,403
Senior Reporting Analyst Highmark, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Oct 08, 2016 $72,134 -
$90,000
Senior Reporting Analyst Expedia, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jun 29, 2012 $71,094 -
$86,700

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Top Skills for A Senior Reporting Analyst

FinancialReportsSQLServerProceduresAccessDatabasesEnsureComplianceBusinessIntelligenceWebExternalAuditorsDashboardsSsrsETLKPIFinancialStatementsBusinessRequirementsDataAnalysisERPNewsStoriesSASDataWarehouseSummary

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Top Senior Reporting Analyst Skills

  1. Financial Reports
  2. SQL Server
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Deliver financial reports to clients, tax personnel, and auditors.
  • Designed and developed data movements using SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), T-SQL and Stored Procedures.
  • Collaborated with grant managers to foster understanding of requirements and monitor compliance with established procedures.
  • Develop MS Access databases to automate business processes of Finance pricing tool for statistical and inferential analysis.
  • Review new servicing agreements to ensure compliance with reporting and remitting requirements.

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