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Working As A Technical System Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical System 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 System 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 System Analyst Career Paths

Technical System Analyst
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Developer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Analyst Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Business Analyst Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Computer Analyst 3.4 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Technical System Analyst
Consultant 4.2%
Top Careers After Technical System Analyst
Consultant 6.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$61,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$123,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Mayo Clinic
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Technical System Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Technical System Analyst in the United States is $87,443 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $123,000.

Real Technical System Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technology Systems Analyst Encore Software Services San Jose, CA May 13, 2016 $164,382
Information Technology Systems Analyst Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc. Cerritos, CA Jan 10, 2016 $160,000
IT Systems Analyst Cutter Associates, LLC Hingham, MA Jan 01, 2016 $160,000
Systems Analyst, Investment Banking Technology Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Feb 09, 2016 $142,000
IT Systems Analyst Cutter Associates, LLC Hingham, MA Jan 12, 2015 $140,000
IT Systems Analyst 3 The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University Stanford, CA May 18, 2015 $130,000
IT Systems Analyst Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Apr 09, 2016 $130,000
Systems Analyst, Product Control Technology Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $125,500
IT Systems Analyst Viking Global Investors LP Greenwich, CT Sep 03, 2016 $125,000
Technical Systems Analyst Ciber, Inc. Bothell, WA Feb 10, 2016 $124,000
Technical Systems Analyst Ciber, Inc. Bothell, WA Feb 26, 2015 $124,000
Systems Analyst, Investment Banking Technology Barclays Services Corp. NJ Jul 09, 2016 $122,000
IT Systems Analyst Intelecox, Inc. Ridgeland, MS May 20, 2015 $120,000
IT Systems Analyst New Era Cap Co. Inc. Buffalo, NY Sep 30, 2016 $90,646 -
$100,646
Mid-Level IT Systems Analyst Diversified Service Options, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Jun 30, 2015 $90,230 -
$99,800
IT Systems Analyst Kriddha Technologies, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Aug 02, 2016 $90,000
IT Systems Analyst Millennium Info Tech, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 12, 2015 $90,000
IT Systems Analyst Millennium Info Tech, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 20, 2016 $90,000
Technical Systems Analyst Staff Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 18, 2015 $90,000 -
$130,000
IT Systems Analyst Kriddha Technologies, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Nov 04, 2016 $90,000
IT Security System Analyst Paramount Global Solutions, Inc. Coppell, TX Sep 29, 2015 $90,000
IT Systems Analyst Monique Creations Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $70,958
Technical Systems Analyst Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 09, 2016 $70,040 -
$89,741
IT Systems Analyst Attainica LLC Bothell, WA Apr 25, 2016 $70,000
IT (Business) Systems Analyst Enternet Business Systems, Inc. Farmington, CT Dec 12, 2016 $70,000
IT Systems Analyst EZ2 Technologies, Inc. San Antonio, TX Aug 11, 2016 $70,000
IT (Business) Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Irving, TX Oct 21, 2015 $70,000
Technical Analyst, Systems Rite Pros Inc. Portland, ME Jun 25, 2016 $70,000
IT Systems Analyst Kiranam Technologies Inc. Farmers Branch, TX Sep 18, 2016 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Technical System Analyst

  1. Windows XP
  2. Computer Hardware
  3. Business Requirements
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Configure and maintain our user's Operating System environment, this is mainly Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows XP.
  • Assisted in configuring new computer information systems; repairing computer hardware, and loading approved software on customer workstations.
  • Reduced development effort by 30% by performing data profiling and accurately translating business requirements into technical requirements.
  • Performed data analysis and process improvements to identify various business requirements using Aqua Data Studio via Oracle database.
  • Created T-SQL Tables, Stored procedures, Views and Triggers for performing database operations on SQL Server 2008 and 2012.

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Technical System Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

63.7%

Female

27.7%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

11.7%

Black or African American

11.7%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.6%

Carrier

10.5%

German

8.8%

Mandarin

7.0%

Russian

5.3%

Vietnamese

3.5%

French

3.5%

Swahili

1.8%

Portuguese

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Cheyenne

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%
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Technical System Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.8%

University of Maryland - University College

7.7%

Strayer University

7.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

Western Governors University

5.1%

Texas A&M University

5.1%

University of South Florida

4.8%

More Tech Institute

4.2%

George Mason University

4.2%

Pace University - New York

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.8%

George Washington University

3.5%

Old Dominion University

3.5%

DePaul University

3.5%

University of Memphis

3.5%

Kaplan University

3.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.2%

University of Houston

3.2%

Northeastern University

3.2%

New York University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

17.4%

Computer Science

16.6%

Computer Information Systems

13.1%

Information Technology

11.1%

Information Systems

5.2%

Management Information Systems

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

Computer Networking

4.1%

Management

3.9%

Project Management

2.5%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Accounting

2.0%

Mathematics

1.9%

Computer Systems Security

1.9%

Finance

1.9%

Psychology

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Communication

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Political Science

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

21.7%

Other

16.2%

Associate

12.4%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.9%
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