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Become A Senior Systems Analyst

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Working As A Senior Systems Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $83,304

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Systems Analyst Do

A Senior Systems Analyst implements and analyzes complex systems for their organizations. Their duties include planning development, testing, and deployment processes for various departments.

How To Become A Senior Systems 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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14 Senior Systems Analyst jobs

Amiti Consulting
Ashburn, VA
Systems Analyst

$65,000 Estimated

Avacend's Consulting & Staffing
Ashburn, VA
Systems Administrator - IV

$79,726 Estimated

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

$66,066 Estimated

L-3 National Security Solutions
Ashburn, VA
Senior Systems Integration Engineer

$97,682 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

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Senior Financial Analyst Planning & Forecasting

$76,146 Estimated

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

$88,000 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Senior Financial Analyst Planning & Forecasting

$76,146 Estimated

Centurylink
Ashburn, VA
Senior Lead Analyst - Contracts and Compliance

$85,800 Estimated

Level3
Ashburn, VA
Senior Lead Analyst - Contracts and Compliance

$85,800 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Senior System and Virtualization Engineer

$94,557 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Senior Cyber Intel Analyst

$81,527 Estimated

Amiti Consulting
Ashburn, VA
Systems Analyst

$65,000 Estimated

Avacend's Consulting & Staffing
Ashburn, VA
Systems Administrator - IV

$79,726 Estimated

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

$66,066 Estimated

L-3 National Security Solutions
Ashburn, VA
Senior Systems Integration Engineer

$97,682 Estimated

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

$96,539 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Senior Threat Monitoring Analyst

$83,301 Estimated

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Real Senior Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior SAP Systems Analyst Ecommquest, Inc. Secaucus, NJ Aug 03, 2015 $302,615
Senior Systems Analyst V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc. Manchester, CT Jul 29, 2015 $190,000
Senior Systems Analyst V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc. Manchester, CT Jul 30, 2015 $190,000
Senior Systems Analyst V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc. Manchester, CT Apr 04, 2016 $190,000
Senior Systems Analyst TSR Consulting Services, Inc. New York, NY Aug 26, 2016 $181,569
Senior Systems Analyst TSR Consulting Services, Inc. New York, NY Aug 22, 2016 $181,569
SR. Petroleum System Analyst Conocophillips Company Houston, TX Aug 12, 2015 $173,400
Senior System Analyst Nintendo Technology Development Inc. Redmond, WA Jul 09, 2016 $171,153
SR. Systems Analyst Ciber, Inc. Bothell, WA Sep 09, 2016 $169,478
Senior Systems Analyst Strategic Staffing Solutions LC Detroit, MI Feb 27, 2015 $166,400
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Top Skills for A Senior Systems Analyst

DataWarehouseProceduresWebSQLServerFinancialUnixCobolMainframeBusinessRequirementsBusinessProcessProjectManagementDB2ManagementSystemTechnicalSupportSetupPCWindowsNTXMLDisasterQA

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Top Senior Systems Analyst Skills

  1. Data Warehouse
  2. Procedures
  3. Web
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and maintained an MS Access database to map elements from the provisioning systems to the data warehouse.
  • Developed database procedures for public utility companies, Increased operational efficiency.
  • Managed, architected, designed, tested, and implemented electronic subcontractors technical network web-based application.
  • Use Microsoft SQL Server Agent to perform a scheduler job to load the temp data from temp tables to production tables.
  • Developed operational, financial and management reports through the use of Crystal Reports.

Top Senior Systems Analyst Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Senior Systems Analyst

  1. Cognizant Technology Solutions
  2. IBM
  3. Accenture
  4. UST Global
  5. Abbott Laboratories
  6. Scientific Research Corporation
  7. Cigna
  8. Blue Cross Blue Shield
  9. Unitedhealth Group
  10. Verizon Wireless
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