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Working As An Applications Coordinator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Applications Coordinator 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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Applications Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

55.8%

Male

32.3%

Unknown

11.9%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.4%

French

11.4%

Russian

5.7%

Portuguese

2.9%

Hindi

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Turkish

2.9%

German

2.9%

Greek

2.9%

Bengali

2.9%

Urdu

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Applications Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.4%

University of California - Berkeley

6.3%

University of Cincinnati

5.1%

Georgia State University

4.5%

Wright State University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

University of Wisconsin Extension

4.0%

San Jose State University

4.0%

Western Governors University

4.0%

Strayer University

4.0%

San Francisco State University

3.4%

Kent State University

3.4%

University of Florida

3.4%

Purdue University

3.4%

Capella University

3.4%

California State University - East Bay

2.8%

Michigan State University

2.8%

Bowling Green State University

2.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.8%

Ohio State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

28.6%

Nursing

11.0%

Accounting

7.5%

Health Care Administration

7.1%

Computer Science

5.2%

Computer Information Systems

5.0%

Psychology

4.4%

Communication

4.0%

Management

3.7%

Information Technology

3.5%

Finance

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Marketing

2.6%

English

2.1%

Political Science

2.1%

Education

1.8%

Human Resources Management

1.7%

Economics

1.5%

General Studies

1.4%

Pharmacy

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.3%

Masters

23.4%

Other

16.6%

Associate

10.8%

Certificate

3.5%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.7%
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How much does an Applications Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Applications Coordinator in the United States is $69,018 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Applications Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Client Technical Application Coordinator Northgatearinso, Inc. Norcross, GA Sep 02, 2012 $98,883 -
$126,100
Epic Application Coordinator County of Santa Clara-Santa Clara VLY Med Ctr San Jose, CA Mar 30, 2015 $94,416 -
$114,764
Lead Application Coordinator Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation Baltimore, MD Jan 01, 2015 $93,101
SAP Application DEV Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Hercules, CA Mar 22, 2016 $92,527
Application Enhancement Coordinator Comresource, Inc. Dublin, OH Sep 14, 2016 $86,193 -
$93,915
Application Coordinator III Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation Baltimore, MD Feb 01, 2012 $85,000
Application Configuration Coordinator Bechtel Corporation Reston, VA Jul 12, 2012 $82,380
Application Enhancement Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Columbus, OH Jul 30, 2015 $80,895
Application Configuration Coordinator Bechtel Corporation Frederick, MD Dec 12, 2011 $79,200 -
$99,480
Ambulatory Application Coordinator Catholic Healthcare Partners Cincinnati, OH May 03, 2010 $78,000
Ambulatory Application Coordinator Catholic Healthcare Partners Cincinnati, OH May 12, 2010 $78,000
Onsite Oracle Database Application Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Monroe, LA Oct 02, 2016 $77,997
Application Enhancement Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Columbus, OH Jun 17, 2014 $77,100 -
$80,895
Application Enhancement Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Columbus, OH Jun 18, 2014 $77,100 -
$80,895
Application Coordinator-Epic Mercy Health Saint Louis, MO Dec 10, 2012 $77,085
Application Coordinator Catholic Healthcare Partners Cincinnati, OH Apr 19, 2010 $77,000
Application Coordinator Catholic Healthcare Partners Cincinnati, OH Apr 26, 2010 $77,000 -
$90,000
Application Coordinator Catholic Healthcare Partners Cincinnati, OH May 12, 2010 $77,000
Tibco Application Coordinator IBM India Private Limited Waukegan, IL Dec 15, 2014 $64,043
Shared Services Application Coordinator & Data ANA University of Rochester Rochester, NY Aug 15, 2013 $63,835

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Top Skills for An Applications Coordinator

  1. Workflow Analysis
  2. Go-Live
  3. Internal Procedures
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  • Perform readiness assessments, workflow analysis, implementation guidance Continuous Application Support/documentation of issues in our ticketing trackingsystem.
  • Documented regional implementation projects, including ROI importing conversion from QuadraMed to Epic and on-site support during go-live.
  • Developed and documented internal procedures.
  • Performed data entry once files were complete and was responsible for shipping the application to the underwriting center.
  • Provided expert technical support in Clinical documentation and Note Writer/Analyzer during the Ambulatory Evaluation & Management implementation project alongside Medical Coders.

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