What Is a Senior Data Warehouse Analyst?

Senior data warehouse analysts review, develop, maintain and store user information for companies and organizations. Keep reading to learn about degree and certification options, job duties and earnings for these analysts. Schools offering Database Administration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What is a Senior Data Warehouse Analyst?

Senior data warehouse analysts are database administrators who are in charge of creating databases for organizations and companies. Prior to creating a database, they must meet with managers to determine what the needs of the organization are and inspect existing databases to see what is already in place. From here they may create completely new databases or add new components to the existing one to make it more effective. In order to advance to a senior position, senior data warehouse analysts usually have a few years of experience in a related position.

Take a look at the following chart for an overview of how to enter this field.

Degree Required Bachelor's degree
Education Field of Study Computer science, database administration, programming
Key Responsibilities Meet with managers about IT needs, inspect databases, improve databases, build databases
Job Growth (2014-2024) 2%-4%*
Median Salary (2015) $103,271**

Source: *O*Net Online, **PayScale.com'

What Does a Senior Data Warehouse Analyst Do?

A senior data warehouse analyst is an information technology (IT) professional who designs and implements methods for storing data, as well as implements interfaces and uses for the data in everyday tasks. Managing a team of analysts, the senior analyst is responsible for monitoring and ensuring integrity in data extraction used by the organization, checking it for accuracy and making sure information is secure. A senior analyst often acts as a liaison between IT professionals and business departments, such as finance and marketing, assessing needs in data warehousing and providing data information.

What Kind of Education Do I Need?

As with most high-level IT positions that involve management duties, you should at least possess a bachelor's degree in a related area, such as computer science, database administration or programming. While bachelor's degree majors specifically in data warehousing don't exist, you can find graduate certificate programs in business intelligence and data warehousing. These certificate programs assume some degree of knowledge in the field and offer intense study into building a data warehouse, maintaining accurate data and using systems to generate data reports.

What about Certification?

The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) offers a Certified Business Intelligence Professional credential for architects, developers and stewards of data warehouses. You'll need to pass three exams in business intelligence, data warehousing and systems development to earn the certification. TDWI offers classes that prepare you to take the exams and meet continuing education requirements that you need to maintain the credential.

What Can I Earn?

According to PayScale.com, senior database administrators earned a median salary of $103,271 as of January 2017. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that most database administrators held a bachelor's degree. The highest paid worked in computer systems design and related services. The U.S. Department of Labor's career database, O*Net, predicted a slower than average growth rate for data warehouse specialists between 2014 and 2024 (www.onetonline.org).

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

Information technology (IT) managers are responsible for organizing IT projects in a company. Using their knowledge of the company's IT needs and resources, they set IT goals and implement systems to meet those goals. Computer systems analysts are hired to analyze a company's IT system and come up with ways to make it more effective. They must have a firm understanding of the business as a whole and the available technology available to them in order to make computer systems that meet their clients' needs. Most people in these careers have a bachelor's degree in a computer related field.

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