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Working As A Technical Business Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $68,042

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Business 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 Business 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 Business Analyst Career Paths

Technical Business Analyst
Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Business Consultant SAP Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Technical System Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst-Consultant Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst-Consultant Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Program Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Technical Writer 3.2 years
EDI Analyst 3.1 years
Project Analyst 3.0 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Design Analyst 2.8 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Business Architect 2.3 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.0%

Technical Business Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

52.0%

Female

45.8%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

71.7%

Asian

14.9%

Hispanic or Latino

8.8%

Unknown

3.6%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

14.3%

Portuguese

7.9%

Hindi

7.1%

Chinese

5.6%

German

4.8%

Russian

4.0%

Japanese

3.2%

Urdu

3.2%

Mandarin

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Swedish

1.6%

Telugu

1.6%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Marathi

0.8%

Sindhi

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Bulgarian

0.8%
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Technical Business Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.7%

Strayer University

6.1%

University of Houston

5.8%

George Washington University

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

New York University

4.2%

Villanova University

4.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

Georgia State University

4.0%

Michigan State University

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%

DePaul University

3.7%

Webster University

3.4%

University of Texas at Austin

3.4%

More Tech Institute

3.4%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.2%

Texas A&M University

2.9%

American InterContinental University

2.9%

University of Central Florida

2.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

28.6%

Computer Science

11.7%

Computer Information Systems

7.7%

Information Technology

6.0%

Management Information Systems

5.4%

Finance

4.9%

Project Management

4.6%

Management

4.2%

Information Systems

4.1%

Accounting

3.3%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Marketing

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

English

2.4%

Communication

2.1%

Management Science

1.7%

Psychology

1.5%

Political Science

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.3%

Masters

32.0%

Other

13.2%

Associate

6.0%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.0%
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Real Technical Business Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Reinsurance Business Analyst Endurance Services Limited NY Jun 22, 2016 $229,570
Business & Technology Analyst Tangent Logic Inc. Tenafly, NJ Sep 05, 2016 $185,000
Ccar Technology Business Analyst RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Feb 16, 2016 $160,000 -
$185,000
IT Business Analyst Populus Group LLC New York, NY Oct 24, 2016 $156,525
Technical Business Analyst Iris Software, Inc. NJ Mar 28, 2016 $152,351
Technical Business Analyst Iris Software, Inc. NJ Jul 21, 2015 $152,351
Technical Analyst/Business Analyst Populus Group LLC New York, NY Sep 05, 2016 $152,351
Business Technologist (VP) Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Aug 17, 2015 $150,000
IT Business Analyst Milestone Technologies, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Feb 22, 2016 $150,000
SAP Fico IT Business Analyst Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 05, 2015 $143,000
Business Tech Analyst Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Mar 20, 2016 $141,855
Technical Business Analyst Diversant LLC Jersey City, NJ Feb 02, 2015 $140,000 -
$150,000
Technical Business Analyst Alpha Consulting Corporation Plainsboro, NJ Sep 12, 2016 $139,829
Technical Business Analyst Talent Staffing LLC Plainsboro, NJ Sep 12, 2016 $139,829
IT Business Analyst/E Bob Evans Farms, LLC New Albany, OH May 25, 2016 $79,643 -
$95,000
Technical Business Analyst Cygtec Inc. Raleigh, NC Sep 29, 2016 $79,498
IT Business Analyst Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Sep 30, 2016 $79,373
Technical Business Analyst Arkstek Aurora, CO Jul 11, 2016 $79,331
IT Business Analyst JP Morgan Chase & Co Newark, DE Sep 30, 2015 $79,000
IT Business Unit Analyst Citibank, N.A. Islandia, NY Jun 01, 2015 $79,000
Technical Business Analyst IBM India Private Limited Middletown, NJ Jan 07, 2016 $78,841 -
$85,677
IT Business Analyst Maxima Consulting, Inc. Boston, MA Jun 09, 2016 $78,603
IT Business Analyst Nelnet Business Solutions, Inc. Burleson, TX May 09, 2016 $71,906 -
$91,906
Business Technology Analyst Deloitte Consulting LLP Saint Louis, MO Aug 10, 2015 $71,677 -
$86,000
IT Business Analyst Cummins Inc. Shoreview, MN Jun 09, 2015 $71,261 -
$75,800
IT Business Risk Analyst New England It Associates, Inc. Providence, RI Aug 20, 2016 $71,261
IT Business Analyst Cummins Inc. Shoreview, MN Sep 06, 2015 $71,261 -
$75,800
Technical Business Analyst Primesoft Consulting Services Melville, NY Nov 23, 2015 $71,000

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Top Skills for A Technical Business Analyst

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Top Technical Business Analyst Skills

  1. Business Requirements
  2. Business Process
  3. SQL Server
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  • Developed and executed large data migration from legacy MV system to AS/400 and MS SQL Server 7.
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  • Analyzed business processes and designed Data Warehouses to accommodate reporting requirements.

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