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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

  • $71,000

    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
Lead Technician Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Project Leader Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Development Manager Software Development Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Technical Analyst 3.0 years
Software Analyst 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Technical Analyst
Developer 4.2%
Internship 4.0%
Consultant 3.3%
Analyst 2.9%
Top Careers After Technical Analyst
Consultant 7.3%
Analyst 3.1%
Manager 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$71,000
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$62,000
Min 10%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
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$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
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$80,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Latham & Watkins
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Technical Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Technical Analyst in the United States is $71,389 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $63,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $80,000.

Real Technical Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Analyst Oracle America, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 06, 2018 $113,670 -
$137,282
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. Data Warehouse
  2. Web Application
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed java processes for data transformation leveraging XML configuration for flexible table mapping from operational data store to the data warehouse.
  • Inventoried and documented all web applications, reference components, database connections and associated service accounts.
  • Created a PL/SQL Procedure for customization requirement.
  • Provided technical support for internal and external customers including configuring, installing and administering Microsoft Windows NT servers and workstations.
  • Performed data analysis and created three-dimensional data drill-down cubes to assist management in making key decisions in various customer service areas.

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  2. New Jersey
  3. North Carolina
  4. Delaware
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Colorado
  7. Minnesota
  8. Georgia
  9. Pennsylvania
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Technical Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

61.9%

Female

28.6%

Unknown

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

53.0%

Asian

19.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

French

11.1%

Mandarin

7.3%

Carrier

6.7%

Chinese

5.4%

Hindi

5.1%

German

5.1%

Japanese

4.1%

Portuguese

3.8%

Arabic

2.5%

Cantonese

1.9%

Russian

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Hebrew

1.0%

Indonesian

1.0%

Tamil

1.0%

Kannada

1.0%

Cheyenne

1.0%

Korean

0.6%
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Technical Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.0%

More Tech Institute

7.9%

University of Houston

5.7%

Strayer University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

University of Maryland - University College

4.5%

George Mason University

4.2%

New York University

4.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.0%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

George Washington University

3.9%

Western Governors University

3.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.6%

Colorado Technical University

3.6%

Northeastern University

3.5%

Illinois State University

3.4%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.4%

Drexel University

3.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.4%

University of Washington

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.0%

Business

16.0%

Information Technology

9.6%

Computer Information Systems

8.7%

Electrical Engineering

8.1%

Computer Engineering

5.1%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Information Systems

3.7%

Computer Networking

3.5%

Engineering

2.9%

Computer Applications

2.9%

Finance

2.9%

Management

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Project Management

1.9%

Accounting

1.8%

Communication

1.6%

Marketing

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.4%

Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.8%

Masters

23.8%

Other

13.4%

Associate

9.2%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.1%
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