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Become A Mainframe Programmer

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Working As A Mainframe 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

  • $97,130

    Average Salary

What Does A Mainframe Programmer Do At Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.

* The primary purpose of this position is to analyze and evaluate current and proposed data processing solutions to provide improved and efficient productivity for the development, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of applications.
* This includes designing and developing programs that are complex components of such applications in his/her area of responsibility, and thoroughly testing and documenting new programs/changes prior to implementation
* Design, develop and support programs considered as more complex components of the application in area of responsibility.
* Assist the Applications Specialist, as required in preparing and presenting system and program design technical reviews and/or walkthroughs.
* Complete projects within the time schedule and efficiently handle multiple assignments.
* Demonstrate responsibility for production applications.
* Report the progress of assigned projects to manager and fulfill the departmental administrative reporting requirements
* Ensure that assigned projects are thoroughly tested and documented, pass a quality assurance review and are accepted by the requestor prior to implementation.
* Successfully adhere to department standards
* Perform other duties as requested by manager.
* Ability to communicate with internal and external end users and suppliers regarding application problem resolution and/or system development and testing.
* Participate in the implementation of computer systems.
* Assist with training and education as needed for less senior member of the application teams

What Does A Mainframe Programmer Do At Hire It People, LLC

* Develop and maintain project
* control documents in accordance with enterprise project management
* methodologies, including: project
* charters, cost plans, capacity management plans, risk management plans,
* communications plans, governance plans, schedules, change management plans,
* knowledge management plans and quality assurance plans.
* Develop detailed project
* plans using project scheduling tools such as Open Workbench and Microsoft
* Project.
* Lead all project plan
* development activities, including identification of phases, activities, tasks,
* deliverables, milestones, dependencies, schedules and assignment of resources
* Motivate project assigned
* resources to complete assigned duties and tasks.
* Prepare formal reports on the
* status and health of the IT projects, including periodic status reports,
* management dashboards and project metrics.
* Monitor project quality,
* schedule and budget and facilitate actions to mitigate risk and address issues
* that arise.
* Facilitate the risk and issue
* management processes for IT projects by maintaining risk and issue logs,
* identifying risks and issues, communicating issues and risks according to
* project governance and working with project team members to ensure effective
* risk and issue management.
* Facilitate deliverable and
* project artifact approval processes for IT projects by tracking all
* deliverables and project artifacts that require approvals, communicating the need
* for approvals to the appropriate groups and individuals and tracking approval
* decisions and following up where need be to ensure approvals are achieved
* within allowable timeframes.
* Manage the project change
* control process for issues that impact the quality, schedule or budget of the
* project by: documenting change requests,
* securing approval for changes and documenting approved changes in accordance to
* project governance.
* Facilitate periodic and
* ah-hoc project meetings, including scheduling with appropriate team members,
* preparing agendas, recording action items and key decisions and preparing,
* circulating and seeking approval for meeting minutes

What Does A Mainframe Programmer Do At Randstad

* Maintains and develops on-line and batch application programs.
* Develops and implements a disaster recovery plan.
* Works with project members to develop specifications, diagrams and flowcharts.
* The successful candidate will lead the technical design, development, integration, testing, installation, documentation, and maintenance of highly complex business applications

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How To Become A Mainframe 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.


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.


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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Real Mainframe Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mainframe Programmer Teksystems, Inc. Pennington, NJ May 07, 2016 $132,170
Mainframe Programmer Populus Group LLC San Antonio, TX Aug 06, 2016 $123,133
Mainframe Programmer Diversant LLC Pennington, NJ Jul 25, 2016 $108,000 -
SAS Mainframe Programmer Insurance Services Office, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Apr 01, 2016 $105,500 -
Mainframe Programmer Companion Professional Services, LLC Columbia, SC Jan 01, 2016 $105,248
Mainframe Analyst/Programmer Principal Ebsco Industries, Inc. Birmingham, AL Oct 21, 2016 $102,928
Mainframe Analyst/Programmer Principal Ebsco Industries, Inc. Birmingham, AL Dec 02, 2016 $101,462
Senior Mainframe Programmer Superior Solutions Inc. Baltimore, MD Sep 04, 2011 $97,178
Mainframe Analyst/Programmer Principal Ebsco Industries, Inc. Birmingham, AL Oct 21, 2013 $97,000
Mainframe Programmer Revere Info Tech, Inc. Columbia, SC Aug 17, 2016 $90,000
Mainframe Programmer Companion Professional Services, LLC Columbia, SC Jan 01, 2016 $90,000
Senior Mainframe Programmer Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Columbus, OH Oct 11, 2016 $90,000
Mainframe Programmer Companion Professional Services, LLC Columbia, SC Jan 15, 2016 $89,741
A Senior Mainframe Programmer (Software Developer) Seven Seven Softwares Roseland, NJ Sep 01, 2014 $80,500
Mainframe Programmer Companion Professional Services, LLC Columbia, SC Oct 15, 2011 $80,000
Mainframe Programmer Companion Professional Services, LLC Columbia, SC May 01, 2013 $80,000
Mainframe Programmer Dataquest, Inc. Camp Hill, PA Oct 29, 2013 $78,146 -
Mainframe Programmer Companion Professional Services, LLC Columbia, SC Aug 20, 2012 $78,000
Senior Mainframe Programmer V.L.S Systems, Inc. Durham, NC Sep 19, 2011 $78,000
Mainframe Programmer Companion Professional Services, LLC Columbia, SC Jun 01, 2014 $78,000
Analyst/Mainframe Programmer Computer Manpower USA, Inc. Warren, NJ Sep 01, 2011 $76,000
Mainfram Programmer Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc. Maryland Heights, MO Mar 12, 2016 $72,000
Mainframe Programmer USM Business Systems, Inc. Chantilly, VA Oct 19, 2010 $71,000
Mainframe Programmer (Software Developer) Seven Seven Softwares Roseland, NJ Sep 01, 2012 $70,500
Mainframe Programmer Fourth Technologies, Inc. Cherry Hill, NJ Aug 26, 2013 $70,000 -
Mainframe Programmer Protege, LLC Cary, NC Aug 31, 2015 $70,000 -
Mainframe Programmer Protege, LLC Durham, NC Aug 31, 2015 $70,000 -
Mainframe Programmer Protege, LLC Durham, NC Sep 14, 2015 $70,000 -
Analyst/Mainframe Programmer Computer Manpower USA Inc. Warren, NJ Feb 01, 2011 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Mainframe Programmer


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Top Mainframe Programmer Skills

  1. Cobol II
  2. Mvs/Jcl
  3. DB2
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Optimized and modified COBOL II programs on an IBM mainframe for centralized dealer warranty claims administration.
  • Support day-to-day activities using Cobol/CICS/DBs2/IMS, Assembler, DB2 utilities, Visual Basic, Xpediter, MVS/JCL.
  • Coded new Batch COBOL DB2 programs as per the requirement.
  • Corrected CICS screens so users can input data more efficiently.
  • Analyzed various data stores (DB2, VSAM, etc.)

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