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Working As A System Software Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $79,027

    Average Salary

What Does A System Software 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 System Software 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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System Software Analyst Career Paths

System Software Analyst
Systems Engineer Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Software Engineer Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Administrator Senior Network Engineer
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Business Analyst Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 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
Automation Analyst 2.6 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.6%
Programmer 5.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.2%

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System Software Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

67.8%

Female

29.0%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Asian

16.1%

Black or African American

10.9%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Mandarin

20.0%

Chinese

20.0%

French

20.0%
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System Software Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.2%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

8.5%

George Mason University

8.5%

Community College of the Air Force

6.8%

University of Florida

5.1%

Columbus State University

5.1%

Miami University

5.1%

Arizona State University

5.1%

Brigham Young University

5.1%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

5.1%

University of Colorado Denver

5.1%

Syracuse University

3.4%

Rose State College

3.4%

University of the Sciences

3.4%

Saint Edward's University

3.4%

University of Texas at Tyler

3.4%

Georgia Southern University

3.4%

Wright State University

3.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.4%

Kettering University

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

24.6%

Business

14.2%

Computer Information Systems

12.5%

Information Technology

8.3%

Management Information Systems

7.5%

Electrical Engineering

5.0%

Information Systems

4.6%

Management

2.9%

Computer Applications

2.9%

Project Management

2.9%

Information Sciences

1.7%

Computer Networking

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Writing

1.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Computer Programming

1.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.3%

Communication

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.7%

Masters

28.5%

Other

17.4%

Associate

8.2%

Certificate

5.2%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.0%
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Real System Software Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Systems Analyst TIVO, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 27, 2016 $131,269
Software Systems Analyst TIVO Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 23, 2015 $130,000
System Software Analyst Lead TSYS Columbus, GA Apr 30, 2015 $110,292
Embedded Software/System Analyst ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Cedar Rapids, IA Sep 13, 2016 $105,600
Software Systems Analyst YASH & Lujan Consulting, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 30, 2016 $101,400
System Software Analyst Lead TSYS Acquiring Solutions LLC Milpitas, CA Sep 23, 2015 $101,000 -
$111,000
Embedded Software/System Analyst ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Cedar Rapids, IA Sep 13, 2016 $101,000
Manager-Software/Systems Analyst Synechron, Inc. Sterling, VA Aug 31, 2015 $97,000
Manager-Software/Systems Analyst Synechron, Inc. Sterling, VA Apr 24, 2015 $96,930
Software Systems Analyst II Mphasis Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 29, 2016 $96,013
Software Systems Analyst III University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Galveston, TX Jan 01, 2015 $95,000
Software Systems Analyst Estuate, Inc. Oakland, CA Jul 13, 2015 $95,000
Software Systems Analyst II Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Aug 17, 2016 $95,000
Software System Analyst Nivasoft, Inc. Jamesburg, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $79,102
Software Systems Analyst II Mphasis Corporation Addison, TX Oct 13, 2016 $78,957
Software Systems Analyst II Mphasis Corporation Dallas, TX Aug 08, 2016 $78,957
Software Systems Analyst II Mphasis Corporation Los Angeles, CA Aug 16, 2016 $76,170
Software System Analyst Adisys Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 01, 2015 $70,000
Software Systems Analyst Paramount Software Solutions Plantation, FL Sep 13, 2016 $70,000
Software System Analyst Adisys Corporation Bellevue, WA Jan 11, 2016 $70,000
Software Systems Analyst Infobuilders Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 07, 2016 $70,000
Software System Analyst Adisys Corporation Renton, WA Nov 13, 2016 $70,000
Software Systems Analyst Amensys Inc. Lewisville, TX Jul 09, 2016 $70,000
Software Systems Analyst Amensys Inc. Lewisville, TX May 09, 2016 $70,000
Software System Analyst Adisys Corporation Renton, WA Aug 15, 2016 $69,000

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  • Contributed to the development of SMS by reusing and programming software in support of the System Administrator and Data Base Administrator.
  • Created written Business Requirements documents for Store Systems Projects and corporate office projects.
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  • Reviewed and approved technical specification documents and test plans.
  • Implemented and installed web service for remote inserting and real time monitoring inquiries, effectively enhancing collaboration between business partners.

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