What does an Applications Specialist do?

Applications specialists install and maintain computer applications, and often adjust or reconfigure standard off-the-shelf applications and tailor them to meet the specific needs of the organization or individual users. They may play a primary role in selecting or recommending applications based on user needs. They also provide applications-related training, technical support, and troubleshooting assistance.

Applications specialists typically have a bachelor’s degree in an IT/computer or science discipline, depending on the focus of the role. They must be well-informed on the most commonly used applications and related tools, particularly those that are industry standard in any field of their specific concentration. Applications specialists must have excellent customer support and communication skills. These roles often require the ability to develop training or support materials such as FAQs or troubleshooting guides.

Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Applications Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$71,301 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $71K
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Applications Specialist Career Path

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University of California BerkeleyUniversity of California Berkeley
Junior Specialist
Mar. 25, 2021

“Can be stressful and pay is not enough.”

Signant HealthSignant Health
Senior Applications Specialist
Jul. 18, 2019

“Turnover rate keeps increasing causing more and more stress to your top performers who eventually give up and quit.”

Nalco Champion
Applications Specialist
Jun. 16, 2021

“And good pay”

Cadwell LaboratoriesCadwell Laboratories
Field Applications Specialist
Jan. 15, 2020

“Great pay and I actually love coming to work!”

Applications Specialist
Apr. 26, 2020

“Good work and life balance”

Technical Applications Specialist
Oct. 1, 2021

“Career growth and development is slower”

Axisbio Diagnostics
Sales Applications Specialist
Sep. 19, 2019

“Boss is very direct but very good in teaching.”

UC San FranciscoUC San Francisco
Junior Specialist
May 20, 2020

“Work in cutting edge research with some of the best equipment and resources.”

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