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Working As An Application Consultant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Application Consultant Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Application Consultant Career Paths

Application Consultant
Information Technology Project Manager Management Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Analyst Lead Project Leader
Architect & Project Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Marketing Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Project Coordinator Project Leader
Consultant/Project Leader
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Product Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Database Consultant Oracle Consultant ERP Consultant
ERP Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Specialist Systems Administrator
Network Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Implementation Consultant Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Manager & Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Business Developer Business Development Manager
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Implementation Consultant Senior Project Manager Senior Account Executive
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Implementation Consultant
Senior Implementation Consultant
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Software Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Consultant 2.9 years
Application Lead 2.9 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Application Consultant
Consultant 13.2%
Internship 3.2%
Developer 2.9%
Top Careers After Application Consultant
Consultant 12.5%
Manager 4.5%

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Application Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

66.3%

Female

31.2%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

55.4%

Asian

16.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.2%

French

11.2%

German

9.0%

Portuguese

6.7%

Carrier

6.7%

Hindi

5.6%

Italian

4.5%

Chinese

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Bengali

2.2%

Swedish

1.1%

Telugu

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Russian

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Assamese

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%
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Application Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.1%

University of Texas at Austin

7.8%

Northeastern University

5.9%

DePaul University

5.4%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.4%

Villanova University

4.9%

George Washington University

4.4%

University of Washington

4.4%

College of Charleston

4.4%

Harvard University

4.4%

University of Delaware

4.4%

Drexel University

4.4%

Ball State University

4.4%

Syracuse University

3.9%

University of Southern California

3.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.4%

University of Connecticut

3.4%
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Majors

Business

25.5%

Computer Science

13.6%

Accounting

7.1%

Computer Information Systems

6.6%

Information Technology

5.9%

Electrical Engineering

4.6%

Finance

4.1%

Information Systems

3.4%

Marketing

3.3%

Management

3.2%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Project Management

2.7%

Communication

2.6%

Computer Applications

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.1%

Psychology

2.0%

Education

1.7%

Mathematics

1.7%

Nursing

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.6%

Masters

30.1%

Other

14.1%

Associate

5.2%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Application Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
AIS Business Applications Consultant III The Bank of New York Mellon New York, NY May 31, 2016 $155,000
Senior Applications Consultant Capgemini America, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Aug 22, 2016 $143,000
Applications Consultant Capgemini America Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 26, 2016 $142,400
Applications Consultant Capgemini America Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 24, 2016 $142,400
Applications Consultant, Staff Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 24, 2016 $138,720 -
$158,720
Applications Consultant Capgemini America Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 24, 2016 $136,700
Applications Consultant, SR. Staff Synopsys, Inc. Austin, TX Feb 10, 2015 $136,000 -
$156,000
Application Consultant SAP Quality Management EMD Millipore Corporation Billerica, MA Sep 06, 2016 $135,000 -
$145,000
Applications Consultant, Staff Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 20, 2016 $134,803 -
$209,808
Applications Consultant Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 25, 2016 $134,216 -
$209,216
Applications Consultant Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 01, 2015 $134,216 -
$209,216
Applications Consultant Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 08, 2016 $133,979 -
$208,979
Applications Consultant Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 08, 2016 $133,979 -
$208,979
Applications Consultant 2 Capgemini America, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Nov 07, 2016 $91,562 -
$126,000
Applications Consultant 2 Capgemini America Inc. New York, NY Jun 23, 2016 $91,562 -
$151,000
Technology Applications Consultant Humana at Home, Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2015 $91,562 -
$160,000
Applications Consultant 3 Capgemini America Inc. Arlington Heights, IL Dec 27, 2016 $91,541
Applications Consultant Capgemini America Inc. Charlotte, NC Aug 23, 2016 $91,300
Applications Consultant Capgemini America Inc. Charlotte, NC Sep 16, 2016 $91,300
Applications Consultant Capgemini America Inc. Charlotte, NC Aug 21, 2016 $91,300
Applications Consultant Synopsys, Inc. Austin, TX Jul 01, 2015 $79,404 -
$154,404
Applications Consultant 2 Capgemini America Inc. Mooresville, NC Aug 29, 2016 $79,400
Applications Consultant 2 Capgemini America Inc. Charlotte, NC Jul 27, 2016 $79,400
Applications Consultant 2 Capgemini America Inc. Charlotte, NC Aug 29, 2016 $79,400
Applications Consultant 2 Capgemini America Inc. Fort Mill, SC Aug 24, 2016 $79,400
Applications Consultant 2 Capgemini America Inc. Charlotte, NC Jul 26, 2016 $79,400

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR An Application Consultant

Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$64,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Bank of America
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does an Application Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Application Consultant in the United States is $87,620 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $118,000.

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Top Skills for An Application Consultant

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database
  3. Web Application
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  • Developed, implemented and maintained validations for data integrity using PL/SQL database objects like Procedures, Functions and Triggers.
  • Executed and created database programming for clinical data warehouse and clinical research reporting.
  • Web applications developed: document repository, equipment reservation, PDF conversions, user-defined database queries, and software subscriptions.
  • Coordinated and facilitated the process flow documentation understanding with business users and technical support team.
  • Provided customer service to benefit administrators * Provided navigational and technical support to employees * Organized and assisted with consumer benefit projects

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