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Working As A Mainframe Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Mainframe Developer 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 Mainframe Developer

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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Mainframe Developer Career Paths

Mainframe Developer
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader Quality Assurance Lead
Test Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior ETL Developer
ETL Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Lead System Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Analyst
Analyst Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Technical Analyst
Senior Systems Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Analyst Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Developer Consultant
Senior Programmer Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Developer Systems Analyst
Senior Programmer
5 Yearsyrs
Developer Applications Developer
Lead Application Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Architect Lead Developer
Application Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Business Intelligence Analyst BI Developer
Senior Developer Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Programmer Consultant/Senior Analyst Programmer
Senior Programmer Analyst Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Cobol Programmer Programmer Analyst
Contract Programmer Analyst
9 Yearsyrs
Cobol Programmer Programmer Analyst Systems Programmer
Systems Lead Programmer
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Leader
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$66,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
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$81,000
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$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
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$81,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Union Bank
Highest Paying City
Sacramento, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.1 years
How much does a Mainframe Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Mainframe Developer in the United States is $81,527 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $66,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $99,000.

Real Mainframe Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mainframe Programmer Analyst Collabera Inc. Morristown, NJ Jan 14, 2016 $133,000
Senior Mainframes Developer Sagarsoft, Inc. Hartford, CT Nov 09, 2016 $116,872
Mainframe Developer Agasti, LLC Baltimore, MD Dec 22, 2016 $115,000
Senior Mainframe Programmer Analyst International Software Systems Inc. Greenbelt, MD Oct 11, 2016 $111,000
Lead Mainframe Developer Ample It Services LLC Dublin, OH Aug 03, 2015 $105,000
Programmer Analyst-Mainframe (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Dec 13, 2016 $103,626 -
$120,000
Programmer Analyst-Mainframe (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ May 13, 2016 $103,626 -
$120,000
Programmer Analyst-Mainframe (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Dec 16, 2016 $103,626 -
$120,000
Lead Mainframe Programmer Analyst Grange Mutual Casualty Co. Columbus, OH Jan 18, 2016 $101,950
Mainframe Developer Populus Group LLC Naperville, IL Sep 14, 2016 $100,176
Mainframe Programmer Analyst Capricorn Systems, Inc. Lorain, OH May 20, 2015 $95,000
SR. Mainframe APP Developer HCL Global Systems Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Jan 08, 2016 $94,000
Senior Mainframes Developer Sagarsoft, Inc. Hartford, CT Sep 19, 2016 $93,915
Mainframe Developer Populus Group LLC Sacramento, CA Nov 13, 2016 $93,915
Senior Mainframe Programmer Analyst Fidelity Service Company, Inc. Westlake, TX Nov 30, 2015 $81,952 -
$98,883
Mainframe Developer SRI Tech Solutions Inc. Tampa, FL Apr 18, 2016 $80,000 -
$90,000
Mainframe Programmer Analyst The Wellspring Group, Inc. Irving, TX Nov 09, 2016 $80,000
Mainframe Programmer Analyst The Wellspring Group, Inc. Columbus, OH Nov 09, 2016 $80,000
Mainframe Developer Populus Group LLC Pleasanton, CA May 05, 2016 $79,765
Developer-Mainframe II (Multiple Positions) Headstrong Services LLC Richardson, TX Feb 19, 2016 $79,747
Developer-Mainframe II (Multiple Positions) Headstrong Services LLC Richardson, TX Dec 15, 2015 $79,747
Mainframe Specialist Analyst Efron Consulting Inc. Boston, MA Sep 18, 2015 $71,828
Mainframe Developer Epitec, Inc. Dearborn, MI Nov 01, 2016 $71,594
Mainframe Consultant/Developer TVS Infotech, Inc. Nashville, TN Jun 30, 2015 $70,958
Mainframe Developer Mejenta Systems, Inc. McLean, VA Nov 15, 2016 $70,803
Mainframe Developer JSMN International Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Feb 27, 2015 $70,000 -
$80,000
Mainframe Analyst Sonicsoft Inc. Schaumburg, IL Mar 06, 2015 $70,000
Mainframe Developer Symphony Corporation Madison, WI May 19, 2016 $70,000
Mainsframe Developer American Unit, Inc. Springfield, IL May 15, 2015 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Mainframe Developer

  1. Cobol
  2. JCL
  3. DB2
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created DB2 Stored Procedures using COBOL for manipulating and fetching data for the web server calls made from front end application.
  • Maintained and/or enhanced existing JCL and PROC members and procedures as needed in response to business needs.
  • Prepared system setup in the form of preparing jobs as per the R7.01 requirements and DB2 environment setup.
  • Test cases where manually executed to test application functionality against system requirements to ensure security and performance and bugs are reported.
  • Used Remote Stored Procedure's (RSP) using TCP/IP for retrieve data from DB2 Tables and invoke CICS programs.

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Mainframe Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

65.0%

Female

25.2%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

45.6%

Asian

30.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.5%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.4%

Carrier

27.3%

French

9.1%

Dakota

9.1%

Russian

9.1%

Italian

9.1%
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Mainframe Developer Education

Schools

More Tech Institute

23.0%

DePaul University

10.6%

Northern Illinois University

8.8%

Wayne State University

5.3%

Northeastern University

4.4%

The Academy

4.4%

Illinois State University

3.5%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.5%

Madison Area Technical College

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

University of North Texas

3.5%

York College

3.5%

University of Oklahoma

3.5%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

2.7%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

2.7%

Ohio State University

2.7%

A-Technical College

2.7%

University of the West

2.7%

University of Central Missouri

2.7%

University of North Florida

2.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

23.9%

Electrical Engineering

16.1%

Engineering

7.4%

Business

7.0%

Computer Engineering

6.3%

Information Technology

6.0%

Computer Applications

5.9%

Computer Information Systems

5.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.9%

Computer Programming

2.8%

Mathematics

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.8%

Civil Engineering

1.2%

Management

1.1%

Finance

1.0%

Education

1.0%

Information Systems

0.9%

Information Sciences

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

60.1%

Masters

22.3%

Other

9.7%

Associate

4.7%

Certificate

1.7%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.3%
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