Los Angeles Community College District

Programmer Analyst (#1093)

$38.32-$47.47 hourly / $6,641.40-$8,227.52 monthly / $79,696.80-$98,730.24 annual


Analyzes, designs, writes, codes, debugs, tests, modifies, maintains, and documents complex computer applications and programs or segments of highly complex programs. Programming responsibilities span a range of servers and client computing devices.

Typical Duties

Consults with college and central offices administrators regarding existing systems, their adaptability to information technology, and desired results.

Advises users of revisions to existing methods, forms, records, and reports in order to adapt them to information technology.

Formulates and defines computer systems requirements and recommends techniques for processing data.

Writes, codes, and makes modifications to complex programs.

Writes and maintains batch and on-line computer programs for mainframes, servers, and personal computers.

Creates job control language for batch operations.

Develops test data for complex programs, reviews results of testing for accuracy and completeness, and corrects errors in program logic.

Conducts feasibility studies by compiling, summarizing, and analyzing work processes and procedures to determine adaptability to information technology.

Designs forms, screens, and reports.

Prepares block diagrams, detailed flowcharts, and related documentation describing operations to be performed by computer systems.

Provides technical assistance for and assists in the training of assigned programming staff.

Prepares and maintains program documentation.

Assists in systems analysis and programming on the most complex projects.

Analyzes operations problems and takes corrective action.

Communicates with users as necessary to respond to requests for assistance or to explain proper use of complex programs.

Ensures data security under the guidelines of District policies and regulations.

Adopts new programming language(s) or technology(ies) to current environment.

May design, develop, and maintain web sites.

May assist in the evaluation of new equipment and methods.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Programmer Analyst performs systems analysis, design, and programming duties involving complex computer applications and programs or segments of highly complex programs; may provide technical assistance to assigned programming staff.

A Senior Programmer Analyst performs systems analysis, design, and programming duties involving highly complex computer applications and programs; provides technical direction to programming staff on a project-by-project basis.

An Assistant Programmer Analyst performs routine programming duties and performs progressively more difficult assignments in problem analysis and systems design under the work direction of journey-level programming staff.


General supervision is received from supervisory programming staff. Functional supervision may be exercised over Assistant Programmer Analysts.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Complex computer programming techniques

Programming languages such as C, C++, Visual Basic, Java, ABAP, COBOL, ACMS, Visual Basic for Application (VBA), etc.

Script languages such as Vbscript, Javascript, Jscript, PERL, etc.

Reporting tools such as MS Access, Crystal Reports, webFOCUS, etc.

Capabilities of mainframes, database, web servers, and other equipment

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems such as SAP, Peoplesoft, Oracle, etc.

Database systems such as Rdb, Oracle, Access, SQL Server, etc.

Principles of systems analysis, design, and testing

Principles of program documentation

Fourth generation languages such as Focus

Web page design and development using tools such as .ASP, Dreamweaver, Visual Studio, SAP Portals, etc.

Principles of report, screen, and form design

Information technology concepts and capabilities

New trends and developments in the field of information technology

Business systems, procedures, and methods

Principles, procedures, and methods used in data acquisition, storage, structuring, and retrieval

Principles of training

English usage, punctuation, and spelling

Ability to:

Analyze complex problems in information systems

Write and code difficult and complex programs

Develop test data and analyze problems in programs

Prepare block diagrams and flowcharts

Write clear and logical program documentation

Write clear, logical reports, and instructions

Analyze existing manual and computerized procedures and make recommendations on improvements

Prepare clear and logical system designs

Respond to complex programming needs/problems accurately and take appropriate action

Provide technical assistance to users and staff members with lower-level technical skills

Fully utilize the commands, functions, and operations commonly used in mainframe, server-based, client-based, and other related software

Express complex concepts orally, schematically, and in writing

Work effectively and independently on assigned projects

Adapt business methods and procedures to information technology

Work effectively and cooperatively with District staff

Learn and apply new concepts in information technology

Learn the characteristics of new systems and update skills to adapt to changing technology

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Graduation from a recognized four-year college or university preferably with a degree in management information systems, computer science, computer engineering, or a related field AND two years of recent full-time paid experience in business applications analysis, design, and programming for medium or large scale, multi-programmed computers. Experience with JavaScript, COBOL, and/or ACMS programming languages is preferred. Experience with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is desirable.


A valid Class ā€œCā€ California driver's license may be required for some positions. Travel to locations throughout the District may be required for some positions.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 1093; EST: ; REV: 2/26/2013;