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Working As A Solutions Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Solutions 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 Solutions 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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Solutions Analyst Career Paths

Solutions Analyst
Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Manager, Program Management
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Accounting Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Consultant/Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Lead Technician Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Technician Specialist Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Planning Manager Benefits Manager
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Solutions Analyst 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Solutions Analyst
Internship 5.9%
Consultant 5.8%
Analyst 4.3%
Top Careers After Solutions Analyst
Consultant 8.3%
Analyst 4.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
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$56,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$106,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Salem Health
Highest Paying City
Wilmington, DE
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Solutions Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Solutions Analyst in the United States is $78,047 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $56,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $107,000.

Real Solutions Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Solutions Analyst Vitech Systems Group, Inc. New York, NY Dec 31, 2016 $161,500
Senior Solutions Analyst-Oracle Applications Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Feb 26, 2016 $145,000
Senior Solutions Analyst Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA May 18, 2015 $145,000
Senior Solutions Analyst Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Dec 24, 2016 $144,450
SR. Salesforce Solutions Analyst ROVI Corporation Plano, TX May 10, 2015 $140,000
SR. Salesforce Solutions Analyst ROVI Corporation Burbank, CA May 18, 2015 $140,000
Customer Solutions Analyst 5 Stubhub, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 01, 2015 $137,000
Customer Solutions Analyst 5 Stubhub, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 02, 2015 $137,000
SR. Solution Analyst, GRC Solutions Metricstream, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 05, 2016 $127,837
Senior Solution Analyst Sentinel Technologies, Inc. Downers Grove, IL Oct 20, 2016 $125,000
Advanced Solutions Analyst Sentinel Technologies, Inc. Downers Grove, IL Jul 14, 2016 $125,000
Solutions Analyst III-Vendavo Amerisourcebergen Corporation Chesterbrook, PA Feb 16, 2015 $125,000 -
$145,000
Solutions Analyst Excelacom Reston, VA May 24, 2016 $123,718
Solutions Analyst III-Material Master Data Management Amerisourcebergen Corporation Chesterbrook, PA Jul 15, 2015 $91,229 -
$152,200
Software Solutions Analyst Adam Information Technologies, LLC Fort Mill, SC Oct 02, 2015 $91,210
Software Solutions Analyst Adam Information Technologies, LLC Fort Mill, SC Jul 16, 2015 $91,210
Senior Solutions Analyst Vitech Systems Group New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $91,110
Solutions Lead Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Mar 20, 2015 $91,000
Senior Solution Analyst Mindtree Limited Phoenix, AZ Aug 07, 2016 $90,938
Senior Solution Analyst Mindtree Limited Phoenix, AZ Jul 07, 2016 $90,938
Senior Solution Analyst Mindtree Limited Phoenix, AZ Jun 23, 2016 $90,938
Solutions Analyst Vitech Systems Group New York, NY Apr 20, 2016 $81,267
Solutions Analyst ZS Associates, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jan 11, 2016 $81,078
Solution Analyst Slalom, LLC Chicago, IL Jan 05, 2015 $81,000 -
$110,000
Solutions Analyst Leantaas, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 19, 2016 $80,933
Solutions Analyst Leantaas, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 09, 2016 $80,933
Lead SAP Record To Report Solution Analyst Mead Johnson and Company, LLC Evansville, IN Feb 08, 2016 $80,725 -
$148,700
SAP OTC Solution Analyst Mead Johnson & Company, LLC Evansville, IN Dec 11, 2015 $80,725 -
$148,700
Lead SAP Record To Report Solution Analyst Mead Johnson & Company Evansville, IN Jun 06, 2016 $80,725 -
$148,700

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Top Skills for A Solutions Analyst

  1. Business Requirements
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with project managers, software developers, vendors, and clients to facilitate collection of business requirements and technical specifications.
  • Performed analysis, reverse-engineering and coding on SQL Server and Oracle/Web-based applications written in Java, PL/SQL and JavaScript.
  • Partnered with application development, data warehouse, and implementation teams to facilitate team coordination.
  • Increased customer service levels for General Motors by developing process improvements that reduced order-to-delivery time and increased end-customer and dealer satisfaction.
  • Developed various web applications in PHP, running on Apache and MySQL.

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  4. Georgia
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  8. District of Columbia
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Solutions Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

53.8%

Female

35.7%

Unknown

10.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Asian

13.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.2%

French

10.9%

Portuguese

6.5%

German

4.3%

Carrier

4.3%

Hindi

4.3%

Mandarin

4.3%

Hawaiian

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%

Vietnamese

2.2%

Dakota

2.2%

Dutch

2.2%

Gujarati

2.2%
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Solutions Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.2%

University of Maryland - University College

6.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.8%

Strayer University

5.8%

Capella University

5.2%

University of Arizona

5.2%

Georgia State University

4.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

Syracuse University

4.2%

University of Kansas

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Columbia University

4.2%

New York University

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.7%

University of Washington

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

Florida State University

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.7%

University of Alabama

3.1%
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Majors

Business

25.6%

Computer Science

9.6%

Computer Information Systems

8.1%

Finance

6.6%

Information Technology

6.5%

Management Information Systems

4.2%

Economics

4.1%

Marketing

4.1%

Management

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Communication

3.4%

Information Systems

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Accounting

2.7%

Psychology

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.4%

Project Management

2.3%

Human Resources Management

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.6%

Masters

25.7%

Other

12.8%

Associate

6.0%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.6%
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