The job description of a clinical analyst falls within the broader field of computer systems analysis. Such an analyst works to improve computer systems in all kinds of industries including business, science and engineering.
A clinical analyst performs tasks that involve analyzing user procedures, requirements and any problems to improve an existing computer system, and also reviews the system’s capabilities and workflows to find other areas that need improvement.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Clinical Analyst
- Develops new system design procedures.
- Documents test procedures.
- Revises quality standards.
- Assists staff and users computer malfunctions and program glitches.
- Tests, maintains and monitors a system’s existing programs.
- Meets with management to ensure all are on the same page in regards to computer system principles.
- Expands computer system to serve new purposes.
- Modifies computer system to improve workflow.
- Evaluates pre-developed applications and adapts them for system users.
- Recommends new and updated software packages and hardware to management.
- Meets with clients to assess their needs and explain how system works.
- Participates in continuing education activities to find ways to improve or enhance the computer system for users.
- Trains new staff on the system and trains existing staff on upgrades.
- Conducts reviews to locate code problems and writes new code to correct the problems.
- Links all computer systems in a network to enhance compatibility and to enable users to share information.
- Uses techniques like data modeling, information engineering and structured analysis to design new computer systems.
- Prepares information for management on return on investment and cost benefit to aid in decisions regarding the purchase of new
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Must have superior computer skills.
- Must have exceptional analytical skills.
- Have excellent critical thinking skills.
- Have strong problem solving skills.
- Must have excellent reading comprehension and information processing skills.
- Must have good decision making skills.
- Knowledge of writing code.
- Knowledge of relevant sources of information for to assist in job duties.
- Must have superior verbal and written communication skills.
- Must have exceptional organizational skills.
- Must have the ability to properly document all work.
- Must be a creative thinker.
- Have excellent interpersonal skills.
- Must be an effective time manager and multi-tasker.
- Must have training and teaching skills.
- Have the ability to function well on a team.
- Must have good negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
- Must be detail oriented and mechanically inclined.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Information Sciences, Computer Systems Analysis or a related field.
- Master’s Degree in Telecommunications, Information Technology or a similar field.
- Experience as an entry level systems analyst.
- Must be able to work regular hours of Monday through Friday 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
- Must be willing to work evenings and weekends to meet implementation deadlines.
- Time is spent looking at a computer screen, keyboarding and manipulating a mouse.
- Must be able to lift heavy equipment like monitors and computer cases.
- Time is spent going to different departments and possibly different branch offices to address computer issues.
- Salaries range from $60,000 to $100,000 depending on the size of the employer, the extent of the responsibilities, the level of education and the years of services.
- Hourly wages range from $25 to $55.