Systems Analyst How to Hire, Salary Data, and Job Descriptions

In today’s world of tech-heavy business, it’s vital to have employees capable of managing enterprise IT and information systems. A business can only grow as fast as its infrastructure, and having people who can install, test, and upgrade that infrastructure is key.

Systems analysts implement and maintain complex computer systems for businesses. They assist in creating the requirements that developers and programmers follow, and create testing and analysis methods for the improvement and optimization of business systems. They aren’t usually involved in software or hardware development directly.

These analysts should have strong analytical skills and excellent problem-solving capabilities. Further, they should be able to convey complex needs to others and have strong written and verbal communication skills. It’s generally expected that these analysts will have bachelor’s degrees in computer science, IT, or some related field.

Sample job description #1

Responsibilities

  • Technical responsibilities include maintaining a working knowledge of customers daily operations to ensure superior technical support
  • Identifying process improvements based on customer’s needs and troubleshooting and providing client support for systems and applications
  • The Systems Analyst may participate in Project Management from inception to completion and performs other duties as assigned

Certifications and education

  • Computer Tech Related Related Field
  • High School or Equivalent
  • Bachelor’s Computer Related

Experience

  • 2 years Systems Implementation
  • 2 years Systems Design
  • 3 years Systems Support

Specific skills

  • Organizational skills
  • Computer skills appropriate to position
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Work with a team
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of regulatory standards appropriate to position
  • Multi-tasking skills

Sample job description #2

As a Systems Analyst, you will support our production systems and work on valuable data analytics.

You will

  • Support WMS, WES, WCS, and other order processing systems within the fulfillment network
  • Troubleshoot technical issues in WMS, WES, WCS, and other systems across all operations as they occur
  • Understand all available reporting tools, create reports that enable improved operation visibility and performance
  • Develop deep knowledge of site level operations in order to drive and support continuous improvement efforts
  • Continuously review operations setup and drive improvement via enhancements and functionality deployments
  • Act as point of contact for production for all system requests (including order research, ad hoc reporting, etc.)
  • Responsible for all level 1 Support
  • Document support issues and resolutions
  • Create Work Instruction and SOP documents
  • Develop training materials for WMS, WES, WCS

You are

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize tasks
  • Attention to details
  • Flexibility and reliability to cover scheduled shifts that support 24/7 production operations

At a minimum, you have

  • BS degree required. Computer Science, Management Information Systems, or Engineering Degree desired
  • 1+ years of experience in multi-site industrial distribution, manufacturing, or processing environments
  • Efficient Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point), Google app (Gmail, drive, sheets, etc.) knowledge
  • SQL experience
  • Experience gathering data and creating custom reports
  • Some travel

Sample job description #3

Responsibilities

  • Translate requirements, ideas and concepts into wireframes, process flows, mockups and prototypes that lead to value added solutions, and intuitive user experiences for Almac Group
  • Design and deliver wireframes, user stories, and mock-ups optimized for a wide range of systems and devices including off the shelf solutions.
  • Regularly set up feedback sessions whereby the proposed design is presented clearly to all stakeholders so that they all understand the proposed solution
  • Create technical and/or functional specifications and processes using structured analysis and data modelling techniques (e.g. Wire frames, ER Modelling)
  • Carry out impact assessment work on system design and system changes
  • Understand system interdependencies and collaborate with project teams accordingly to reduce the risk of unknown impacts when carrying out design
  • Ensure the design is approved before implementation
  • Work with the QA teams to ensure the design is adhered to
  • Verify that the proposed solution meets the design

Qualifications

  • Computer Science or related bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in the following:
  • Functional analyst, or related role
  • Working with clients to understand detailed requirements and design complete user experiences, solutions and systems that meet client needs and vision
  • Designing secure solutions that are well thought through and include both an intuitive user experience and design of integrated systems
  • Communicating functional and technical information and ideas clearly and concisely to non-technical staff
  • Using UX design best practices to design solutions
  • Working effectively in a team setting ensuring consistency of solutions and experience across the organization
  • Delivering value added solutions and providing some cost benefit analysis to the proposed solutions
  • Documenting the proposed design
  • Working with new solutions and commercial off the shelf solutions
  • Tools used in development, testing, and installation of new software
  • Tools used to mock UI screens and software flow
  • Agile and Waterfall methodologies, and the software development life-cycle

Preferred experience and education

  • Minimum of 1 year in Software Development
  • Healthcare regulations pertaining to software development
  • ERP and/or Supply Chain applications
  • General security precautions incorporated into all user requirements
  • UX design

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a systems analyst is $78,100 per year in the United States and $79,900 with a yearly cash bonus. Salary depends on the level of experience, education, and geographical location.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$82,200$100,500
Los Angeles, California$92,750$113,400
Denver, Colorado$77,300$94,500
Washington, DC$94,100$115,100
Miami, Florida$76,950$94,000
Orlando, Florida$70,950$86,750
Tampa, Florida$71,650$87,600
Atlanta, Georgia$75,200$91,900
Chicago, Illinois$86,450$105,650
Boston, Massachusetts$93,450$114,250
Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota$74,500$91,050
New York City, New York$98,400$120,250
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$80,100$97,900
Dallas, Texas$78,000$95,350
Houston, Texas$77,650$94,900
Seattle, Washington$89,950$109,950
National Average$70,250$85,900

Sample interview questions

  • What roles do system analysts have in an organization?
  • How do you prioritize projects?
  • Do you have experience leading a project team?
  • What firewalls are you familiar with? How do you implement them?
  • How would you handle frequent changes to user and system requirements?
  • How do you assess internal and external IT system needs?
  • How do you perform a software audit?
  • How do you maintain system and software records?
  • How do you perform software registration?
  • How do you analyze and evaluate existing systems?
  • How would you communicate user scenarios in a technical document?
  • Describe the different modules in the SAP application.
  • What is a DHCP server?
  • What is the difference between SSH and SSL?
  • How do you ensure the cost efficiency of IT systems?
  • What steps do you take when initiating new projects?
  • What is the approach for top-down analysis and design?
  • What aspects of system analysis require documentation?
  • How would you handle a system or production outage?
  • How would you implement a new software tool?

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