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Working As a Cics Systems Programmer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Cics Systems Programmer Do

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. In addition, programmers test newly created applications and programs to ensure that they produce the expected results. If they do not work correctly, computer programmers check the code for mistakes and fix them.

Duties

Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code responsible
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing

Programmers work closely with software developers, and in some businesses their duties overlap. When such overlap occurs, programmers can do work that is typical of developers, such as designing the program. Program design entails planning the software initially, creating models and flowcharts detailing how the code is to be written, writing and debugging code, and designing an application or systems interface. Programmers often use an IDE, which allows them to create, edit, and test code.

A program’s purpose determines the complexity of its computer code. For example, a weather application for a mobile device will require less programming than a social-networking application. Simpler programs can be written in less time. Complex programs, such as computer operating systems, can take a year or more to complete.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS), which consists of applications provided through the Internet, is a growing field. Although programmers typically need to rewrite their programs to work on different system platforms, such as Windows or OS X, applications created with SaaS work on all platforms. Accordingly, programmers writing SaaS applications may not have to rewrite as much code as other programmers do and can instead spend more time writing new programs.

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How To Become A Cics Systems Programmer

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.

Education

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers who have an associate’s degree. Most programmers get a degree in computer science or a related subject. Programmers who work in specific fields, such as healthcare or accounting, may take classes in that field to supplement their degree in computer programming. In addition, employers value experience, which many students gain through internships.

Most programmers learn a few computer languages while in school. However, a computer science degree gives students the skills needed to learn new computer languages easily. During their classes, students receive hands-on experience writing code, testing programs, fixing errors, and doing many other tasks that they will perform on the job.

To keep up with changing technology, computer programmers may take continuing education and professional development seminars to learn new programming languages or about upgrades to programming languages they already know.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Programmers can become certified in specific programming languages or for vendor-specific programming products. Some companies require their computer programmers to be certified in the products they use.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in computer programming by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Advancement

Programmers who have general business experience may become computer systems analysts. With experience, some programmers may become software developers. They may also be promoted to managerial positions. For more information, see the profiles on computer systems analysts, software developers, and computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer programmers must understand complex instructions in order to create computer code.

Concentration. Programmers must be able to work at a computer, writing lines of code for long periods.

Detail oriented. Computer programmers must closely examine the code they write because a small mistake can affect the entire computer program.

Troubleshooting skills. An important part of a programmer’s job is to check the code for errors and fix any they find.

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Highest Cics Systems Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cics Systems Programmer Koniag Technology Solutions, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 02, 2016 $108,000
Cics Systems Programmer Hanusoft Inc. Madison, WI Aug 16, 2016 $82,000
Cics Systems Programmer Vedicsoft Baltimore, MD Sep 23, 2014 $65,083
Cics Systems Programmer Vedicsoft Solutions LLC Baltimore, MD Oct 31, 2014 $65,083

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Top Skills for A Cics Systems Programmer

  1. Cics
  2. MVS
  3. Cics Technical Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed CICS system and table generations, establishing transaction-based delivery systems that met customer needs.
  • Analyzed and debugged CICS system and application dumps using OMEGAMON and SysView for CICS and MVS.
  • Provided CICS technical support for development department.
  • Support and troubleshooting application programmers in development and maintenance of COBOL/DB2/IMS programs.
  • Single source for responding to and resolving all mainframe related problems.

Cics Systems Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.1%

Female

16.1%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

10.9%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Portuguese

50.0%

Spanish

50.0%

Cics Systems Programmer Education

Schools

Wayne State College

6.1%

Western Illinois University

6.1%

West Virginia State University

6.1%

Northern Illinois University

6.1%

New York University

6.1%

Wayne State University

6.1%

Central Connecticut State University

6.1%

Florida State University

6.1%

Pennsylvania State University

6.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

6.1%

Saint John's University - New York

6.1%

Temple University

6.1%

Nassau Community College

6.1%

Syracuse University

3.0%

Cairn University

3.0%

University of California - Berkeley

3.0%

Columbus State Community College

3.0%

Iowa State University

3.0%

Texas A&M University

3.0%

University of North Texas

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

33.3%

Business

15.3%

Computer Information Systems

6.3%

Information Systems

6.3%

Mathematics

5.4%

Finance

3.6%

Computer Technical Support

3.6%

Computer Programming

3.6%

Accounting

3.6%

Education

3.6%

Management

2.7%

Data Processing

1.8%

Computer Applications

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Physics

1.8%

Information Technology

1.8%

Science, Technology, And Society

0.9%

Statistics

0.9%

Engineering Technology

0.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.9%

Masters

14.8%

Other

14.8%

Associate

8.6%

Certificate

7.0%

Diploma

0.8%
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