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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

  • $65,000

    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
Project Manager Program Manager Senior Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior 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
Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information Vice President Of Information Technology
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Technical Manager 4.0 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Computer Analyst 3.3 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
Systems Support 3.1 years
EDI Analyst 3.1 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Design Analyst 2.8 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Interface Analyst 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Support Analyst 2.3 years
Deployment Analyst 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.6%
Manager 2.4%

Technical System Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

68.8%

Female

27.7%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

73.4%

Asian

11.9%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Unknown

2.8%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Carrier

8.7%

German

6.5%

Mandarin

6.5%

Portuguese

4.3%

Chinese

4.3%

Swahili

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Persian

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

French

2.2%

Russian

2.2%

Cheyenne

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Italian

2.2%
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Technical System Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.3%

University of Maryland - University College

7.6%

Strayer University

5.6%

Western Governors University

5.1%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

More Tech Institute

4.6%

Arizona State University

4.1%

West Virginia University

4.1%

Old Dominion University

4.1%

Kaplan University

4.1%

Capella University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

San Jose State University

3.6%

University of Memphis

3.6%

Drexel University

3.6%

Colorado Technical University

3.6%

Villanova University

3.0%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

17.0%

Business

15.9%

Computer Information Systems

13.9%

Information Technology

12.4%

Information Systems

5.5%

Management Information Systems

4.9%

Computer Networking

4.3%

Management

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.0%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Accounting

2.5%

Project Management

2.4%

Computer Systems Security

1.9%

Finance

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Political Science

1.5%

Health Care Administration

1.4%

Marketing

1.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Computer Technical Support

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.0%

Masters

21.4%

Other

16.5%

Associate

11.8%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.1%
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Real Technical System Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 15, 2015 $114,150
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 24, 2014 $114,150
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 31, 2014 $114,150
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 13, 2015 $114,150
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 13, 2014 $114,150
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 20, 2015 $106,787
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 11, 2015 $106,787
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 12, 2015 $106,787
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 12, 2015 $106,787
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 25, 2015 $106,787
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 12, 2015 $106,787
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 02, 2016 $106,787
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 08, 2017 $103,272
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 16, 2017 $103,272
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA May 17, 2018 $103,000
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $85,000
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA May 17, 2018 $83,000
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 29, 2018 $82,326
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 05, 2018 $82,326
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 09, 2018 $82,326
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 18, 2018 $82,326
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2015 $68,000
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA May 20, 2015 $68,000
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2016 $65,000
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2017 $65,000
IT Systems (Test) Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 31, 2016 $65,000
IT (Business) Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2017 $65,000
IT (Business) Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2016 $65,000
IT Systems (Text) Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 27, 2016 $65,000
IT (Business) Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2014 $63,500
IT Systems (QA Test) Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2014 $63,500
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 30, 2013 $63,500
IT Systems Analyst SQA Concepts Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2014 $63,500
Technical Analyst-System Analysis & Programs Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2011 $58,000

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Top Skills for A Technical System Analyst

ComputerHardwareWindowsServerDataAnalysisProceduresSQLServerActiveDirectoryRemoteAccessDesktopSupportPCWebTroubleshootTechnicalSupportSetupWindowsXPSharepointFinancialUnixCitrixProjectManagementBusinessRequirements

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Top Technical System Analyst Skills

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Windows Server
  3. Data Analysis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinate ongoing specifications, purchase, installation and maintenance of personal computer hardware and software.
  • Recycle of business applications on Unix, AIX, and Windows servers.
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders and vendors to provide international network and systems support and data analysis.
  • Analyzed requirements and prepared and executed test procedures, unit tests, system tests, regression tests.
  • Performed basic SQL server programming for business process management software.

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