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Become A Systems Analyst Programmer

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Working As A Systems Analyst Programmer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $76,050

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems Analyst Programmer Do

A Systems Analyst Programmer provides technical expertise and recommendations in evaluating new IT software projects. They also indentify solutions and opportunities that can enhance the efficiency of business processes.

How To Become A Systems Analyst Programmer

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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Systems Analyst Programmer Career Paths

Systems Analyst Programmer
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Systems Manager Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Systems Analyst Programmer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    70.3%
  • Female

    27.1%
  • Unknown

    2.6%

Ethnicity

  • White

    70.6%
  • Asian

    14.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.5%
  • Unknown

    2.9%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    47.4%
  • Portuguese

    10.5%
  • French

    7.0%
  • Chinese

    5.3%
  • Japanese

    5.3%
  • German

    3.5%
  • Romanian

    3.5%
  • Tagalog

    3.5%
  • Arabic

    3.5%
  • Catalan

    1.8%
  • Carrier

    1.8%
  • Mandarin

    1.8%
  • Korean

    1.8%
  • Thai

    1.8%
  • Italian

    1.8%
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Real Systems Analyst Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Computer Systems Analyst Programmer The CJS Solutions Group LLC Jacksonville, FL Jan 03, 2016 $155,000
Computer Systems Analyst Programmer Nexinfo Solutions Inc. Irvine, CA Dec 15, 2016 $145,600
Systems Analyst Programmer Manager Client Network Services, Inc. Rockville, MD Dec 01, 2015 $133,929
Business System Analyst Programmer Grainger Management LLC Lake Forest, IL Jun 07, 2015 $125,478
Business System Analyst Programmer Grainger Management LLC Lake Forest, IL Jun 07, 2015 $123,624
Business System Analyst Programmer Grainger Management LLC Lake Forest, IL Nov 23, 2015 $123,420
Computer Systems Analyst Programmer Pacific Gas and Electric Company San Ramon, CA Apr 24, 2015 $121,328
Systems Analyst/Programmer Senior (Apps Systems Engineer) Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Charlotte, NC Jan 05, 2016 $120,675
Systems Analyst/Programmer Senior (Apps Systems Engineer) Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Charlotte, NC May 01, 2016 $120,675
Business System Analyst Programmer W. W. Grainger, Inc. Lake Forest, IL Apr 19, 2015 $120,000
Business System Analyst Programmer Grainger Management LLC Lake Forest, IL Nov 06, 2015 $120,000
Computer System Analyst/Programmer Database Security and Optimization Solutions, LLC Austin, TX Sep 01, 2015 $120,000
Business System Analyst Programmer W.W. Grainger, Inc. Lake Forest, IL Jun 24, 2015 $120,000
Business System Analyst Programmer Grainger Management LLC Lake Forest, IL Jul 15, 2015 $93,658
IT Senior Peoplesoft Systems Analyst/Programmer Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI May 08, 2015 $93,610
IT Senior Peoplesoft Systems Analyst/Programmer Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI May 04, 2015 $93,610
Applications Systems Analyst/Programmer SR. Parkland Health & Hospital System Dallas, TX Sep 03, 2016 $93,602
Principal Systems Analyst Programmer Indiana University Bloomington, IN Jan 12, 2015 $93,496
Principal Systems Analyst Programmer Indiana University Bloomington, IN Dec 01, 2015 $93,496
Applications Systems Analyst/Programmer Staff Specialist University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR Nov 03, 2016 $92,259
Systems Analyst Programmer-Merchandising Systems Publix Super Markets, Inc. Lakeland, FL Aug 17, 2015 $92,040
Applications Systems Analyst/Programmer/Senior Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jul 06, 2015 $74,485
Applications Systems Analyst/Programmer/Senior Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jul 08, 2015 $74,485
IT Applications Systems Analyst Programmer Henry Ford Health System Rochester Hills, MI Nov 12, 2015 $74,000
Applications Systems Analyst/Programmer/Senior Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jul 06, 2015 $73,550
Applications Systems Analyst/Programmer/Senior. Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jul 06, 2015 $73,550

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Top Skills for A Systems Analyst Programmer

DatabaseDesignPl/SqlCobolIIProceduresWindowsNTWebApplicationsUnixMainframeFinancialDB2HardwareSQLServerCicsManagementSystemPayrollASPVsamHtmlEDIPC

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Top Systems Analyst Programmer Skills

  1. Database Design
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Cobol II
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in database design and development of interactive programs for IBM Purchase List System.
  • Created core forms, reports and PL/SQL procedures to keep data in PowerVision and SAP synchronized.
  • Developed JCL for batch jobs, COBOL II programs to generate systems of records.
  • Supported development and implementation of new policies and procedures to ensure compatibility with clinical administration.
  • Rolled out conversion project and successfully converted all Windows 95 to Windows NT platform.

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