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Working As A Clinical Applications Specialist

  • 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

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Applications Specialist 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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Average Length of Employment
Specialist 2.6 years
Clinical Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Clinical Applications Specialist
Staff Nurse 12.4%
Internship 4.4%
Supervisor 2.8%
Top Careers After Clinical Applications Specialist
Consultant 7.5%
Manager 5.2%
Specialist 4.1%
Analyst 3.5%

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Clinical Applications Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

51.7%

Male

38.0%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

64.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.2%

French

15.4%

Georgian

7.7%

Norwegian

7.7%

Carrier

7.7%

Russian

7.7%

Arabic

7.7%
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Clinical Applications Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.9%

University of South Florida

5.9%

Ferris State University

5.9%

Capella University

5.9%

Webster University

5.0%

Walden University

5.0%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

5.0%

Broward College

5.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.0%

New York University

4.0%

University of Rhode Island

4.0%

Barry University

4.0%

Georgia State University

4.0%

University of Wisconsin Extension

4.0%

American InterContinental University

4.0%

University of Kentucky

4.0%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.0%

University of South Alabama

4.0%

Mercer University

4.0%

Cleveland State University

4.0%
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Majors

Nursing

22.4%

Business

16.3%

Medical Technician

16.2%

Health Care Administration

6.6%

Management

4.8%

Biology

4.3%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

4.1%

Information Technology

2.7%

Psychology

2.3%

Health Sciences And Services

2.3%

Computer Science

2.1%

Kinesiology

2.1%

Medicine

2.1%

Project Management

2.0%

Clinical Psychology

2.0%

Public Health

1.8%

Education

1.6%

Information Systems

1.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.4%

Pharmacy

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.7%

Masters

21.5%

Other

17.8%

Associate

12.0%

Certificate

6.8%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$49,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Accenture Federal Services
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Clinical Applications Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Clinical Applications Specialist in the United States is $82,990 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $49,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $139,000.

Real Clinical Applications Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Applications Specialist/Instructor Varian Medical Systems, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Aug 27, 2016 $128,000 -
$153,083
Application Outsourcing Support Clinical Trial Mgmt. SYS LD. Accenture LLP Princeton, NJ Nov 13, 2014 $112,154
Clinical Application Specialist/Sas Consultant Smith Hanley Consulting Group, LLC Chicago, IL Sep 13, 2013 $110,820
Clinical Application Specialist 4 Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2010 $110,000
Clinical Application Specialist Philips Electronics North America Corporation Andover, MA Oct 01, 2012 $107,619
Clinical Applications Specialist Fujifilm Sonosite, Inc. Bothell, WA Nov 26, 2015 $104,040
Application Specialist II-Outpatient Clinical SY Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Jul 09, 2011 $102,502
Clinical Applications Specialist Fujifilm Sonosite, Inc. Irving, TX Oct 08, 2013 $102,000
Clinical Applications Specialist Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Oct 01, 2011 $98,838
Clinical Applications Specialist Elekta, Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 13, 2015 $93,500 -
$105,000
Clinical Application Specialist The Fountain Group LLC Tarrytown, NY Sep 26, 2016 $91,828
Clinical Application Specialist Synaptive Medical USA, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jan 09, 2016 $90,000
Clinical Applications Specialist Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. Tustin, CA Nov 01, 2011 $90,000
Clinical Application Specialist II-B Green Key Temp LLC Park City, IL Sep 01, 2015 $87,654
Clinical Application Specialist III-C Green Key Temp, LLC Park City, IL Sep 17, 2013 $87,654
Clinical Application Specialist III-C Green Key Temp LLC North Chicago, IL Sep 16, 2014 $87,360
Clinical Application Specialist La Rabida Children's Hospital Chicago, IL May 14, 2015 $86,028
Clinical Application Specialist II-B Green Key Temp LLC North Chicago, IL Sep 16, 2014 $85,280
Clinical Application Specialist Medfocus LLC North Chicago, IL Jul 01, 2011 $85,280
Clinical Application Specialist Carl Zeiss Vision Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 15, 2010 $80,000 -
$95,000
Clinical Application Specialist Carl Zeiss Vision Inc. San Diego, CA May 16, 2011 $80,000 -
$95,000
Clinical Application Specialist Scandidos, Inc. Madison, WI Aug 20, 2015 $79,851 -
$80,000
Clinical Application Specialist Scandidos Inc. Madison, WI Sep 03, 2015 $79,851
Clinical Application Specialist Scandidos, Inc. Madison, WI Jan 04, 2016 $77,771 -
$84,000
Clinical Application Specialist La Rabida Children's Hospital Chicago, IL May 15, 2012 $76,500
Clinical Application Specialist-I-B Smithhanleyconsultinggroupllc, A Div. of Inventiv Park City, IL Aug 25, 2010 $74,652 -
$44
Clinical Applications Specialist Elekta, Inc. Norcross, GA Nov 06, 2012 $73,986 -
$83,000

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Top Skills for A Clinical Applications Specialist

  1. Clinical Applications
  2. Clinical Staff
  3. Customer Service
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  • Become recognized expert in product/clinical technical competencies, answer a wide range of questions concerning software and clinical applications.
  • Worked effectively in large hospitals, clinics, universities and colleges both with the administrative and the clinical staff.
  • Developed Standard Operating Procedure for coaching and customer service operations to standardize setup, optimizing the operation time and procedure.
  • Evaluate system needs and partner with IT staff to configure and support electronic medical records (EMR) application.
  • Received one executive leader and two management awards as a change agent for developing customer-focused training programs.

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