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Working As A Senior System Technical Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $103,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior System Technical 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 System Technical 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 System Technical Analyst Career Paths

Senior System Technical Analyst
Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Analyst Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Analyst Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Principal Consultant Enterprise Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Solutions Architect Enterprise Architect
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Business Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Infrastructure Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Business Analyst Lead Technician Technology Architect
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Business Analyst Senior Data Analyst- Reporting Manager
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Database Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Senior System Technical Analyst
Consultant 5.4%
Programmer 3.8%
Top Careers After Senior System Technical Analyst
Consultant 7.9%
Manager 4.4%

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Senior System Technical Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

69.1%

Female

24.9%

Unknown

6.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Asian

13.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

French

42.9%

Senior System Technical Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.7%

George Washington University

8.3%

New York University

6.9%

University of Memphis

5.6%

Saint John's University - New York

5.6%

Temple University

5.6%

Sacred Heart University

5.6%

Kaplan University

5.6%

More Tech Institute

5.6%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

Western Governors University

4.2%

University of South Florida

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

Saint Leo University

4.2%

University of Dallas

4.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

2.8%

Oklahoma City Community College

2.8%

Arizona State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

21.6%

Computer Science

20.4%

Computer Information Systems

9.4%

Electrical Engineering

5.9%

Information Technology

5.1%

Management Information Systems

4.7%

Information Systems

3.9%

Project Management

3.5%

Management

3.1%

Computer Applications

3.1%

Finance

2.7%

Computer Systems Security

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.0%

Physics

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%

Education

2.0%

Political Science

1.6%

Management Science

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

Chemistry

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.8%

Masters

24.6%

Other

15.1%

Associate

8.1%

Certificate

5.5%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.3%
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Senior System Technical Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior System Technical Analyst in the United States is $103,841 per year or $50 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $77,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $139,000.

Real Senior System Technical Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Technical Systems Analyst Ciber, Inc. Bothell, WA Mar 10, 2016 $142,480
SR. Technical Systems Analyst Ciber, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 02, 2016 $142,480
SR. Technical Systems Analyst Ciber, Inc. Bellevue, WA Feb 01, 2016 $142,480
SR. Technical Systems Analyst Ciber, Inc. Greenwood Village, CO Dec 12, 2016 $142,480
Senior Systems Analyst-Technical Manager Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL May 13, 2016 $142,000
IT Systems Analyst/Integrator Senior Arizona Public Service Co. Phoenix, AZ Jan 12, 2016 $128,684
SR. Oracle Technical Systems Analyst Nabors Corporate Services, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 30, 2016 $125,000
Senior Systems Analyst, Prime Services IT Barclays Services Corp. NJ Oct 05, 2016 $122,000 -
$148,000
Senior Systems Analyst, Prime Services IT Barclays Services Corp. NJ Feb 22, 2016 $122,000 -
$148,000
Senior Systems Analyst, Financial Crimes IT Barclays Services Corp. NJ Nov 05, 2016 $122,000 -
$148,000
IT Systems Analyst Integrator Senior Envision LLC Phoenix, AZ Nov 03, 2014 $121,046
Senior Analyst-Technical Systems J. Crew New York, NY Feb 29, 2016 $120,224
Senior Systems Analyst, Financial Crimes IT Barclays Capital Services Inc. NJ Jun 01, 2015 $120,000 -
$135,000
SR. Oracle Technical Systems Analyst Nabors Corporate Services, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 30, 2016 $120,000
Senior Analyst-Technical Systems J.Crew Group, Inc. New York, NY Sep 19, 2016 $118,900
Senior Systems Analyst, Financial Crimes IT (Asst. VP) Barclays Services Corp New York, NY Jan 15, 2015 $117,500
Technical Senior Systems Analyst General Motors Company Detroit, MI Jul 18, 2016 $112,500
Senior Technology Systems Analyst, Enterprise Storage Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Towson, MD Sep 02, 2016 $112,000 -
$130,000
Senior Technology Systems Analyst, Enterprise Storage Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Towson, MD Jan 07, 2016 $111,990 -
$128,750
Senior Technical Systems Analyst J. Crew Group, Inc. New York, NY Apr 07, 2014 $110,000
IT Systems Analyst/Integrator Senior Arizona Public Service Co. Phoenix, AZ May 11, 2015 $108,000
Senior Systems Analyst, Starbucks Technology Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Nov 21, 2016 $99,736 -
$148,888
SR. Technical E-Discovery Systems Analyst Special Counsel, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Nov 24, 2015 $97,864 -
$110,000
SR. Systems Analyst/Technical Architect New York Technology Partners, Inc. Reston, VA Nov 07, 2011 $97,500
Senior Systems Technical Analyst R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Winston-Salem, NC Jan 21, 2011 $90,808
Senior System Analyst Technical Praaneel, LLC Santa Monica, CA Sep 26, 2010 $81,286 -
$90,000
Senior System Analyst Technical Praaneel, LLC Santa Monica, CA Jan 18, 2010 $81,286 -
$90,000
Senior Technical Analyst, Information Systems Rio Tinto Services, Inc. South Jordan, UT Jul 22, 2011 $80,392 -
$116,000
IT Systems Analyst Senior Chagrin Consulting Services, Inc. Mayfield, OH Dec 09, 2016 $78,000 -
$95,000
Senior Technical Analyst, Information System Rio Tinto Services Inc. South Jordan, UT Jul 22, 2010 $77,854 -
$112,000

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  • Provided project management, documentation and task management with HL7 interface implementation, testing and support.
  • Performed ETL domain transformations of business elements to data warehouse elements.
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  • Planned and execute O/S migration for Windows XP to Windows 7 and post user training and support on various applications.

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