An applications analyst is a person trained in a variety of computer languages such as Java, Pascal, and C+ + and who uses these languages to construct application programs that solve specific business problems. Their job is equal parts programming, system administration, and problem analysis, as they go through the process of solving a problem.
The applications analyst can work at various levels of depth or complexity. To become a full-time applications analyst usually requires three to five years experience in the information technology (IT) industry in addition to a bachelor’s degree in a field such as programming, management of information systems, information technology or software application programming.
Typically an applications analyst is responsible for supporting custom applications that use a variety of database systems, middleware systems and existing systems. So the job will entail analyzing user requirements, procedures, and problems related to automation or to the improvement of those extant systems.
Almost like technical support, the applications analyst role involves:
The basic skills desired of applications analysts include a logical mind and good communication skills. Moreover, the job entails dealing with a number of tasks simultaneously, for which the ability to concentrate and pay close attention to details becomes vital. As far as technical knowledge is concerned, applications analysts should be knowledgeable in programming, troubleshooting, operations analysis and quality control analysis.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities for applications analysts are expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the next decade, as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary of applications analysts is $77,080 with the top 10% earning up to $119,170.