What does an Application Analyst do?

Application analysts support a given application or applications, which may entail some computer programming and some system administration skills. Application analysts can analyze a given problem, diagnose it, find its root cause, and then either solve it or pass the problem on to the relevant people if it does not lie within their responsibility area. In some companies, an application analyst is a software architect or application systems analyst. They focus on a specific system, including business, accounting and financial, or scientific and engineering, and develop application specifications and identify the required inputs and format outputs to meet users’ needs.

Application analysts may combine data modeling, information engineering, mathematical model building, sampling, and accounting principles to ensure their designs are comprehensive and efficient. Application analysts also investigate errors, diagnose problems, and recommend solutions. Some provide systems training and create networks of application users within or across organizations. Application analysts need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related fields and fluency in systems and software.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Application Analyst Salaries

Average Base Pay

$83,671 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $84K
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Application Analyst Career Path

Learn how to become an Application Analyst, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Application Analyst Insights

Read what Application Analyst professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Applications Development Analyst
Mar 20, 2021

“depending on the project you are part of you get to work on development and better work life balance”

Pennsylvania State Employees Credit UnionPennsylvania State Employees Credit Union
Loan Applications Analyst
Dec 16, 2019

“Each department is different but there is not much communication within the managers in the credit department.”

Applications Development Analyst
Apr 5, 2021

“Got to work with some of the best in the insurance industry and learn from them”

Kansas City National Security CampusKansas City National Security Campus
Applications Analyst
Nov 13, 2020

“Job security is not a problem at KCNSC as we are growing at rate that I have never seen in my long career.”

Applications Development Analyst
Jul 20, 2021

“Good Appraisal and recognition.”

Applications Development Analyst
Dec 27, 2021

“Good work life balance is good”

Applications Development Analyst
Dec 12, 2021

“less projects but everything else is good”

Applications Development Analyst
Apr 22, 2021

“Not a bad place to work and quite good”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an application analyst

When working as an application analyst, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Epic Certification, Workflow Analysis, SQL Server, Written Communication, and Requests.

The most similar professions to application analyst are:
  • It Consultant
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Information Technology Manager
  • Systems Analyst

The most common qualifications to become an application analyst include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.