Analyst Programmers analyse user needs, produce requirements documentation and system plans, and encode, test, debug, maintain and document programs and applications.

    You can work as an Analyst Programmer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

    Tasks

    • Researches, consults, analyses and evaluates system programme needs.
    • Identifies technology limitations and deficiencies in existing systems and associated processes, procedures and methods.
    • Tests, debugs, diagnoses and corrects errors and faults in an applications programming language within established testing protocols, guidelines and quality standards to ensure programs and applications perform to specification.

    All Software and Applications Programmers

    • $2,003 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Analyst Programmers

    • 6,100 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 23% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Analyst Programmers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 6,300 in 2011 to 6,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Analyst Programmers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Financial and Insurance Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 23% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services35.5
    Financial and Insurance Services23.2
    Public Administration and Safety8.7
    Education and Training5.2
    Other Industries27.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateAnalyst ProgrammersAll Jobs Average
    NSW35.131.6
    VIC36.525.6
    QLD11.120.0
    SA5.97.0
    WA5.910.8
    TAS0.62.0
    NT0.31.0
    ACT4.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketAnalyst ProgrammersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-241.9-9.39.3
    25-3426.7-22.922.9
    35-4431.9-22.022.0
    45-5424.2-21.621.6
    55-598.6-9.09.0
    60-644.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationAnalyst ProgrammersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate24.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree57.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV1.9-21.121.1
    Year 127.3-18.118.1
    Year 110.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.5-12.512.5

    You can work as an Analyst Programmer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

    Membership with information technology associations or peak bodies may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • additional IT certifications offered by peak bodies, industry associations and vendors

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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    Employers look for Software and Applications Programmers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong computer skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Computers and electronics

      96% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    2. Mathematics

      67% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. English language

      58% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    4. Administration and management

      53% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    5. Customer and personal service

      46% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      97% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Spend time sitting

      97% Important

      Spend time sitting at work.

    3. Indoors, heat controlled

      95% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    4. Being exact or accurate

      93% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    5. Telephone

      89% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1131.00 - Computer Programmers.

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