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Working As An Application Programmer Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $90,890

    Average Salary

What Does An Application Programmer Analyst 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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How To Become An Application Programmer Analyst

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 Programmer Analyst Career Paths

Application Programmer Analyst
Systems Analyst Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Programmer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Systems Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Leader Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Programmer 8.2%
Consultant 4.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.9%
Developer 3.0%
Manager 3.0%

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Application Programmer Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

64.5%

Female

32.3%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

57.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

13.2%

Black or African American

10.7%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

28.6%

Spanish

28.6%

Russian

14.3%

Portuguese

14.3%

Carrier

14.3%
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Application Programmer Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.4%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

5.1%

University of Maryland - University College

5.1%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

5.1%

University of South Florida

5.1%

Marist College

5.1%

Texas Tech University

5.1%

Wichita State University

5.1%

Stephen F Austin State University

5.1%

Southeastern Louisiana University

5.1%

University of Washington

3.8%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

3.8%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.8%

Clemson University

3.8%

Webster University

3.8%

Southern University and A & M College

3.8%

Drexel University

3.8%

Lamar University

3.8%

Capella University

3.8%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

27.9%

Business

15.0%

Computer Information Systems

10.4%

Information Systems

6.1%

Management Information Systems

5.8%

Information Technology

4.6%

Computer Programming

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Finance

3.3%

Mathematics

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Management

2.3%

Computer Applications

2.3%

Accounting

1.8%

Computer Technical Support

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Project Management

1.3%

Management Science

1.3%

Physics

1.3%

Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.7%

Masters

24.7%

Other

13.3%

Associate

8.2%

Certificate

4.2%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Application Programmer Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Applications Programmer/Analyst Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA Jul 26, 2016 $138,362
Applications Programmer Analyst Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA May 16, 2016 $138,362
Specialist-Applications Analyst/Programmer Hitachi Data Systems Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 20, 2016 $135,000
Application Programmer Analyst Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA Apr 18, 2016 $133,000
CRM Applications Programmer/Analyst Harmonic, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 08, 2016 $129,150
Application Programmer Analyst Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA Dec 19, 2016 $128,669 -
$140,000
Applications Programmer/Analyst III ICMA-RC Washington, DC Sep 29, 2016 $127,379
Application Programmer Analyst Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 27, 2016 $125,000
Applications Programmer/Analyst Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA Jun 09, 2016 $117,603
Application Programmer Analyst Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA Feb 05, 2016 $117,000
Programmer Analyst_Web Based Applications Born Group, Inc. FKA Group FMG Inc. Boston, MA Jun 20, 2016 $115,000
Applications Programmer/Analyst Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 26, 2015 $114,400 -
$153,000
Specialist-Applications Analyst/Programmer (SR IT LD Dvlpr) Hitachi Data Systems Corporation San Francisco, CA Mar 30, 2015 $114,393 -
$156,000
Oracle Applications Programmer Analyst Config Consultants Corporation Round Rock, TX Apr 16, 2015 $112,258
Applications Programmer Analyst Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA Oct 14, 2015 $94,162
Oracle Applications Programmer Analyst Config Consultants Corporation Plano, TX Apr 16, 2015 $93,891
Programmer Analyst, Business Application Management Schaeffler Group USA, Inc. Fort Mill, SC Jul 10, 2016 $92,000 -
$106,000
Applications Analyst Programmer IV Harris Teeter, Inc. Matthews, NC Oct 26, 2015 $91,208 -
$121,600
Web Application Programmer/Analyst ICMA Retirement Corporation Washington, DC Jul 12, 2016 $91,104
Programmer Analyst-Application Development (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Jul 01, 2016 $90,459 -
$105,000
Programmer Analyst-Enterprise Applications (ERP, CRM) (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Dec 17, 2015 $90,459 -
$105,000
Programmer Analyst-Application Development (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Dec 14, 2015 $90,459 -
$105,000
Business Application Programmer Analyst Kaizen Technologies, Nc. Minneapolis, MN Feb 27, 2015 $79,102
Programmer/Applications Analyst Yakshna Solutions, Inc. Herndon, VA Dec 10, 2016 $78,000
Applications Programmer/Analyst CMC Americas, Inc. Atlanta, GA Dec 31, 2015 $77,563
Applications Programmer/Analyst CMC Americas, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 25, 2016 $77,563
Applications Programmer/Analyst CMC Americas, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 09, 2016 $77,563
Oracle Applications Programmer Analyst Config Consultants Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 19, 2015 $75,546
Application Programmer Analyst Brilliant Infotech Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jul 27, 2015 $75,000
Programmer Analyst/Application Packager Idexcel, Inc. Elk Grove Village, IL Jan 06, 2016 $75,000

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Top Skills for An Application Programmer Analyst

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  1. SQL
  2. Database
  3. Cobol
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  • Provide full spectrum of support for 3 tier applications from application server to SQL to end-user clients.
  • Perform database administration and analyze databases as basis for designing new and existing applications.
  • Developed and maintained programs written in FORTRAN, COBOL and Basic with embedded 4GL to utilize relational databases on VMS systems.
  • Designed, developed, and implemented web-based application in J2EE web tier environment using Model View Controller architecture.
  • Produced system specifications, wrote documentation of system procedures and guidelines for application users, programs and program modifications.

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