Applications analysts sometimes known as computer analysts or systems analysts work with computer programs and applications and are employed in all sectors of the economy from large corporations to small businesses to local and federal government.
Applications analysts may be needed to design and develop new computer software for a business or to help adapt existing software to a companys particular needs. Often applications analysts specialize in one particular type of computer system such as accounting systems financial systems or scientific systems.
They usually begin a project with a needs analysis in which they consult with the managers and potential users of the computer system to figure out what the system should do. Once they design and develop the system or decide upon the best off-the-shelf software to purchase they are also involved with testing and implementing the new system and possibly integrating the new system with any other software the company is using.
Employers usually prefer to hire applications analysts who have at least a bachelor's degree particularly in computer science or information science. Increasingly employers are looking for individuals who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. Start your education here as an Applications analyst.
The average yearly salary for an applications analyst is around $80000 with experienced analysts earning over $100000 per year.