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Working As A Technical Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $67,073

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Technical Analyst Career Paths

Technical Analyst
Project Leader Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Specialist Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Analyst Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Systems Analyst 3.3 years
Technical Analyst 3.0 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Technical Analyst
Consultant 3.7%
Internship 3.6%
Developer 3.6%
Analyst 3.0%
Top Careers After Technical Analyst
Consultant 7.7%
Analyst 3.1%
Manager 2.8%

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Technical Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

67.7%

Female

29.7%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

52.7%

Asian

19.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.0%

French

10.6%

Carrier

7.5%

Mandarin

7.2%

Chinese

5.3%

German

5.3%

Japanese

4.9%

Hindi

4.5%

Portuguese

3.4%

Russian

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Hebrew

1.1%

Tamil

1.1%

Italian

1.1%

Kannada

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Cheyenne

1.1%

Korean

0.8%
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Technical Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.1%

More Tech Institute

6.5%

Strayer University

6.0%

University of Houston

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.5%

Illinois State University

4.2%

George Mason University

4.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

Colorado Technical University

4.0%

Drexel University

3.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.9%

Western Governors University

3.6%

Northeastern University

3.6%

George Washington University

3.5%

DePaul University

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.4%

American InterContinental University

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.9%

Business

16.2%

Information Technology

9.8%

Computer Information Systems

9.2%

Electrical Engineering

8.3%

Computer Engineering

4.6%

Computer Networking

4.2%

Management Information Systems

4.1%

Information Systems

3.9%

Management

2.9%

Engineering

2.7%

Finance

2.7%

Computer Applications

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Project Management

2.0%

Accounting

1.7%

Communication

1.6%

Computer Systems Security

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Computer Programming

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.7%

Masters

22.6%

Other

15.1%

Associate

9.6%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.1%
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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Analyst Oracle America, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 09, 2018 $113,670 -
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Technical Lead/Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 01, 2013 $100,000
Technical Lead/Analyst New York Technology Partners, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 08, 2014 $100,000
Ultipro Technical Analyst Com4 Global Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2018 $92,400
Ultipro Technical Analyst Com4 Global Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2018 $72,000
Technology Analyst-US Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Feb 29, 2016 $69,513
Technology Analyst-US Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Jan 18, 2016 $66,066
Technology Analyst-US Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Mar 14, 2017 $65,612
Technical Analyst Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA Jan 31, 2013 $65,000
Technical Analyst Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA Mar 26, 2013 $65,000
Technical Analyst Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $65,000
Technical Analyst Eminence It Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 31, 2010 $64,085
Technology Analyst-US Infosys Limited Ashburn, VA Jul 17, 2012 $63,720

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Top Skills for A Technical Analyst

  1. Computer
  2. Data Analysis
  3. Pl/Sql
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  • Performed question analysis on computer issues and verified proper solution.
  • Performed data analysis and created three-dimensional data drill-down cubes to assist management in making key decisions in various customer service areas.
  • Developed PL/SQL Procedures to drop Indexes, Build Indexes, Truncate Table, and Analyze Table trigger the Business Objects reports.
  • Provided technical support to sales teams for proposed customer frame relay network customer premises equipment and managed network services requirements.
  • Created Disaster Recovery documents and procedures for senior management.

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