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Application Analyst

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Analyzes and provides technical support to maintain and improve computer software applications. Analyzes management, customer or user needs, designs applications, writes code, tests design, and documents programs. May assist with upgrades or direct the work of a team of software developers to maintain applications. May provide on-call technical support to application users.

Job Outlook

There were 322 Application Analyst job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 6408 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Software Developer / Engineer industry, which includes the Application Analyst career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:


Many new Application Analyst jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.


The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $82,269.


The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $83,033.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Application Analyst postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $69,804.

Education and Experience

Posted Application Analyst jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree9%
Bachelor's Degree70%
Master's Degree11%
Doctoral Degree0%

Posted Application Analyst jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years19%
3 to 5 years57%
6 to 8 years17%
9+ years7%


Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Application Analyst positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (45%)
  • Troubleshooting (34%)
  • Problem Solving (31%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (28%)
  • Planning (23%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Project Management (28%)
  • SQL (25%)
  • Business Process (23%)
  • Java (13%)
  • Application Support (12%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Information Systems (20%)
  • Customer Service (19%)
  • Technical Support (17%)
  • Software Development (15%)
  • Oracle (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) (6%)
  • Debugging (5%)
  • Hardware and Software Configuration (5%)
  • Business Systems Analysis (4%)
  • Microsoft SQL (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Application Analyst skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Applications Analyst
  • Application Consultant
  • Senior Application Analyst
  • Application Analyst II
  • Business Applications Analyst

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Application Analyst jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Capgemini (156)
  • IBM (145)
  • Amazon (140)
  • Verint Systems Incorporated (135)
  • Citi (117)

North Carolina

  • Duke University (24)
  • University of North Carolina (20)
  • IBM (18)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health (17)
  • Cone Health (13)

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