Information Technology Careers | Application Analyst

Application Analyst

Career Area: Information Technology

Occupation Group: Software Development

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Application Analyst earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $82,525

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $82,394

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Analyzes and provides technical support to maintain and improve computer software applications. Analyzes management, customer or user needs, designs applications, writes code, tests design, and documents programs. May assist with upgrades or direct the work of a team of software developers to maintain applications. May provide on-call technical support to application users.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina291+37.9%
Nationwide6014+30.7%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Application Analyst is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting or dpanneuring is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • SQL: SQL ( ESS-kew-EL or SEE-kwl, Structured Query Language) is a domain-specific language used in programming and designed for managing data held in a relational database management system (RDBMS), or for stream processing in a relational data stream management system (RDSMS).
  • Business Process: A business process or business method is a collection of related, structured activities or tasks that produce a specific service or product (serve a particular goal) for a particular customer or customers.
  • Information Systems: An information system (IS) is an organized system for the collection, organization, storage and communication of information.
  • Customer Service: Working experience with the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Application Analyst that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC): The systems development life cycle (SDLC), also referred to as the application development life-cycle, is a term used in systems engineering, information systems and software engineering to describe a process for planning, creating, testing, and deploying an information system.
  • Debugging: Debugging is the process of finding and resolving of defects that prevent correct operation of computer software or a system.
  • Hardware and Software Configuration: Hardware configuration references the details and system resource settings allotted for a specific device, whereas software configuration management (SCM or S/W CM) is the task of tracking and controlling changes in the software.
  • Business Systems Analysis: Systems analysis – the interpretation of business rules and requirements for technical systems (generally within IT)
  • Agile Development: Working experience of Agile Development, which is an umbrella term for a set of methods and practices based on the values and principles expressed in the Agile Manifesto. Solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams utilizing the appropriate practices for their context.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years19%
3 to 5 years57%
6 to 8 years17%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Applications Analyst
  • Application Consultant
  • Senior Application Analyst
  • Business Applications Analyst
  • Application Analyst II

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