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Become A Mainframe Systems Programmer

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Working As A Mainframe 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

  • $79,530

    Average Salary

What Does A Mainframe Systems Programmer Do At Travelers

* As the mainframe acts as a critical platform to Travelers and many other Fortune 500 companies, the stability, availability, and safety of the mainframe environment is essential to the success of the business.
* The Travelers’ Mainframe team is responsible for the ensuring this stability, availability, and safety, and as a member of this team you will be responsible for engineering smart and complete solutions to challenging problems.
* Each team member is responsible for supporting products, processes, and components of the mainframe and work in a team to ensure the highest level of quality and support for the business.
* Our team is committed to growth, innovation, and collaboration and we strive to offer the best possible platform to our customers.
* Prospective candidates should:
* Be willing to learn a broad range of support tools and technology
* Maintain flexibility through changing technical requirements
* Be capable of working under pressure
* Feel comfortable working in a team environment
* Demonstrate a strong technical aptitude
* Job Opening ID:
* BR
* Environmental/Work Schedules/Other:
* Weekend work hours , Overnight work hours, Holiday work hours (Federal and religious) as needed
* Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
* Travelers is an equal opportunity employer

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How To Become A Mainframe 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.


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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Mainframe Systems Programmer Demographics


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  • White

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  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish


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Top Mainframe Systems Programmer Skills

  1. Cics/Ts
  2. Z/OS
  3. Hardware Upgrades
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Lead project in operating systems upgrade and CICS/TS V3.2 implementation.
  • Work from Home Install and maintain IBM z/OS operating system and 3rd party products for IBM clients.
  • Developed computer information resources, providing for data security and control, strategic computing, and disaster recovery.
  • Prepared site, installed mainframe system, hardware and installed MVS/XA and applications software.
  • Maintained and Supported Australian Defense Industries (ADI) VTAM / SNA Network and Systems environment.

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