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Working As A Senior Systems Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $137,861

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Systems Developer Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become A Senior Systems Developer

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Senior Systems Developer Career Paths

Senior Systems Developer
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Principal Consultant Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Software Engineer
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information Vice President Of Information Technology
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Lead Technician 3.3 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Application Lead 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Module Lead 2.0 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 6.5%
Developer 3.8%
Programmer 3.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.2%
Developer 4.2%

Senior Systems Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

73.8%

Female

20.9%

Unknown

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

69.5%

Asian

17.9%

Hispanic or Latino

8.0%

Unknown

4.2%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

French

21.4%

Chinese

14.3%

Spanish

14.3%

Portuguese

7.1%

Ukrainian

7.1%

Hindi

7.1%

Mandarin

7.1%

Korean

7.1%

Afrikaans

7.1%

Arabic

7.1%
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Senior Systems Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.3%

Temple University

8.8%

Regis University

5.9%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.4%

New York University

4.4%

Villanova University

4.4%

American University

4.4%

Strayer University

4.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.4%

Johns Hopkins University

4.4%

University of Houston

4.4%

University of Bridgeport

4.4%

University of Southern California

4.4%

George Washington University

4.4%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.4%

Pace University - New York

4.4%

Florida State University

4.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.6%

Business

12.6%

Computer Information Systems

8.8%

Computer Engineering

6.9%

Electrical Engineering

6.0%

Mathematics

4.4%

Information Systems

4.1%

Information Technology

3.1%

Computer Programming

3.1%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Management

2.5%

Engineering

2.5%

Finance

2.2%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Accounting

2.2%

English

1.9%

Information Sciences

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Project Management

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.3%

Masters

30.5%

Other

14.4%

Associate

3.1%

Diploma

3.1%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.6%
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Real Senior Systems Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
PDT Senior Systems and Application Developer PDT Partners, LLC New York, NY Feb 27, 2015 $150,000
Senior Systems Developer Kofile Systems, Inc. Dallas, TX May 05, 2016 $145,000 -
$155,000
Senior System Developer Acadia Management Company LLC Franklin, TN Dec 12, 2016 $140,675
Senior Order Management Systems (OMS) Developer Lululemon USA Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2016 $138,362
Senior Content Management System Developer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 01, 2015 $135,000
SR. Oracle Financial Systems Developer 1800Flowers.Com, Inc. Carle Place, NY Jul 15, 2015 $130,000
SR. Developer, Ecommerce Systems VWR International, LLC Radnor, PA Oct 16, 2015 $129,465
SR. Systems Developer Capella University Minneapolis, MN Nov 04, 2016 $125,000
SR. Financial Systems Developer Docusign, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 03, 2016 $125,000
Senior Systems Developer Qualys, Inc. Redwood City, CA Nov 17, 2016 $125,000
Senior Developer Order Management Systems Ralph Lauren Corporation New York, NY Jun 27, 2016 $125,000
Senior Analyst-Etrm System Developer Direct Energy, LP Iselin, NJ Jul 19, 2016 $123,490
Senior Developer, Ecommerce Systems PVH Corp. New York, NY Jul 07, 2015 $122,179
Corporate Business Systems Senior Developer Dassault Systemes Americas Corp. Waltham, MA Nov 08, 2016 $120,992 -
$130,992
Senior Developer, Finance & HR Systems Men's Wearhouse, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2015 $110,926
Senior Systems Developer National Medical Care, Inc., A Fresenius Medical Care N.A. Company Waltham, MA Jun 09, 2016 $110,000
Senior Systems Developer Kofile Systems, Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 20, 2015 $110,000 -
$150,000
SR. Systems Developer Cooper Tire Findlay, OH Dec 04, 2016 $110,000
Senior System Program Developer II Axway Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 25, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
SR. Systems Developer Cooper Tire Findlay, OH Oct 25, 2016 $110,000
Senior System Developer Panton Incorporated Houston, TX Sep 19, 2016 $110,000
Senior Financial Systems Developer-Hyperion General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Jul 11, 2016 $110,000
SR. Systems Programmer/Developer U.S. Bankruptcy Court-District of Massachusetts Boston, MA Apr 14, 2016 $99,195
SR. Business Systems Developer Johnson Controls, Inc. York, PA Jun 16, 2015 $98,342 -
$113,900
Senior Systems Developer National Medical Care, Inc., A Fresenius Medical Care N.A. Company Greenwood Village, CO Jan 18, 2016 $97,000
Senior Systems Developer-Interfaces Homecare Homebase, LLC Prospect, KY Dec 14, 2015 $96,990 -
$105,000
Senior Business Systems Integration Developer Manhattan Telecommunications Corporation New York, NY Feb 24, 2016 $96,000
Senior Systems Developer Healthstream.Inc. Nashville, TN May 01, 2016 $95,400
Senior Systems Developer PPD Development, L.P. Morrisville, NC Aug 02, 2016 $95,098 -
$95,100
Senior Systems Developer PPD Development, L.P. Morrisville, NC Dec 12, 2016 $95,000 -
$105,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Systems Developer

Pl/SqlDatabaseDesignWebServicesProceduresMicrosoftSQLServerWindowsNTASPC#.NETXMLFinancialHtmlJavascriptUnixArchitectureManagementSystemC++DB2ETLPerlJ2Ee

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Top Senior Systems Developer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database Design
  3. Web Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed and developed complex PL/SQL stored procedures to perform complicated queries by applying Oracle performance tuning techniques.
  • Involved in the logical and physical database design, understand and convert the business logic to technical information.
  • Involved in writing client code to consume third party web services.
  • Involved in writing procedures and triggers using SQL Navigator.
  • Planned, designed, and developed Novell, NDS, Active Directory, Windows NT and Windows 2000 architectures.

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