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Working As A Senior Systems Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $107,074

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Systems Developer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. 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.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Senior Systems Developer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

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

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Average Length of Employment
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Systems Developer 3.1 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.2%
Developer 4.0%
Programmer 3.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.7%
Developer 3.5%

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Senior Systems Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

75.6%

Female

21.1%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

53.3%

Asian

18.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

5.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Portuguese

18.2%

French

18.2%

Spanish

18.2%

Chinese

9.1%

Hindi

9.1%

Korean

9.1%

Afrikaans

9.1%

Arabic

9.1%
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Senior Systems Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.0%

Northern Arizona University

5.8%

Temple University

5.8%

University of New Orleans

5.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.8%

New York University

4.3%

Villanova University

4.3%

University of Bridgeport

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Strayer University

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

Regis University

4.3%

Columbia University

4.3%

George Washington University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

Walden University

4.3%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

Pace University - New York

4.3%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

27.8%

Business

13.9%

Computer Information Systems

9.2%

Electrical Engineering

6.6%

Computer Engineering

5.1%

Information Systems

4.4%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Engineering

3.7%

Mathematics

3.3%

Information Technology

3.3%

Computer Programming

3.3%

Project Management

2.6%

Finance

2.6%

Management

2.2%

English

1.8%

Information Sciences

1.5%

Elementary Education

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%

Systems Engineering

1.1%

Accounting

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.6%

Masters

34.1%

Other

11.8%

Associate

3.5%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

2.4%
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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

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  1. Web
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
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  • Installed/Configured Web Sphere Application Server 7.0 on the local workstation to facilitate development/testing/deployment of the application.
  • Created stored procedures for inserting, updating, deleting and searching data using Oracle 10g, PL/SQL.
  • Streamlined data processing functions to decrease turnaround time for production jobs utilizing Oracle databases.
  • Developed/provided technology components and solutions consistent with support procedures and AstraZeneca architecture to satisfy business needs.
  • Developed a data conversion solution using SQL Server replication and Windows Services.

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