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Working As A System Software Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $95,624

    Average Salary

What Does A System Software 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 System Software 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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System Software Developer Career Paths

System Software Developer
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Software Developer Project Manager Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader 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 Software Engineer Business Analyst Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology 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
Lead Software Developer Software Development Manager Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Software Leader 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Internet Developer 2.8 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Web Site Developer 2.7 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Intranet Developer 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Test Developer 2.2 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Programmer 5.7%
Consultant 3.7%
Internship 2.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.3%

System Software Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.3%

Female

17.6%

Unknown

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

72.8%

Asian

16.1%

Hispanic or Latino

7.4%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

17.6%

Japanese

11.8%

French

11.8%

Russian

5.9%

Portuguese

5.9%

Irish

5.9%

Chinese

5.9%

German

5.9%

Hebrew

5.9%

Gujarati

5.9%

Hindi

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Yiddish

5.9%
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System Software Developer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Dallas

11.0%

George Washington University

6.8%

Arizona State University

5.5%

University of Central Florida

5.5%

University of Phoenix

5.5%

Oklahoma State University

5.5%

Northeastern University

5.5%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.5%

University of Maryland - University College

4.1%

University of Miami

4.1%

State University of New York Albany

4.1%

Florida State University

4.1%

Texas State University

4.1%

University of Southern California

4.1%

Eastern Kentucky University

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

George Mason University

4.1%

University of Illinois University Administration

4.1%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

30.0%

Computer Engineering

12.5%

Business

9.1%

Computer Information Systems

8.7%

Electrical Engineering

8.4%

Mathematics

4.2%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Information Systems

3.4%

Project Management

3.0%

Information Technology

3.0%

Management

2.3%

Finance

1.9%

Communication

1.5%

Systems Engineering

1.1%

Information Sciences

1.1%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.1%

Computer Technical Support

1.1%

Mathematics And Computer Science

1.1%

Computer Applications

1.1%

Industrial Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.4%

Masters

33.9%

Other

11.7%

Certificate

4.4%

Associate

4.1%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real System Software Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Systems Software Developer Blackberry Corporation Redwood City, CA Apr 20, 2016 $171,360
Software Developer, Systems Software Silicon & Software Systems U.S., Inc. New York, NY Jan 07, 2015 $160,000
Software Developer, Systems Software Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 09, 2016 $157,477
Software Developer, Systems Software Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 12, 2016 $157,477
Software Developer, Systems Software Hitachi Global Storage Technologies San Jose, CA Aug 17, 2016 $157,477
Software Developer, Systems Software Hitachi Global Storage Technologies San Jose, CA Jun 28, 2016 $157,477
Software Developer, Systems Software Computer Task Group, Inc. Hickory, NC Mar 19, 2016 $147,697
Software Developer/Systems Computer Task Group, Inc. Hickory, NC Mar 04, 2015 $147,697
Software Developer, Systems Computer Task Group, Inc. ('CTG') Hickory, NC Jan 02, 2015 $147,202
System Architect and Software Developer for IOT Devices Cratus Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 04, 2016 $139,829
System Architect and Software Developer for IOT Devices Cratus Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 25, 2016 $139,829
Software Developers, Systems Software Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 12, 2015 $139,263 -
$148,400
Software Developer, Systems Software Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 12, 2016 $138,403
Software Developer, Systems Software Integrated Management Systems, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Mar 11, 2015 $101,483
Software Developer, Systems Software Integrated Management Systems, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Nov 17, 2015 $101,483
Software Developer, Systems Software Integrated Management Systems, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Jun 11, 2015 $101,483
Software Developer, Systems Software Harvey Nash, Inc. Seattle, WA Aug 18, 2016 $101,282 -
$125,220
Software Developer, Systems Flairsoft Ltd Columbus, OH Nov 02, 2016 $101,275
Software Developer, Systems Software Iconosoft Consulting Group, Inc. Old Bridge, NJ Apr 08, 2016 $100,755
Software Developer, Systems Software NTT Data, Inc. Torrance, CA Jan 08, 2016 $100,672 -
$120,000
Software Developer, Systems Software Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Glendale, CA Oct 09, 2016 $100,672
Software Developer, Systems Software Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Richardson, TX Nov 29, 2016 $87,651
Software Developer, Systems Software Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Richardson, TX Aug 15, 2016 $87,651
Software Developer-Systems Software Tech Mahindra (Americas) Inc. Irving, TX Jan 08, 2016 $87,651
Software Developer, Systems Software Integrated Management Systems, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Mar 16, 2015 $87,568
Software Developer, Systems Software Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Littleton, CO Aug 24, 2016 $87,214
Software Developer Systems Software Tech Mahindra (Americas) Inc. Littleton, CO Apr 15, 2016 $87,214
Software Developer, Systems Software Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Littleton, CO Aug 26, 2016 $87,214
Software Developer, Systems Software Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Englewood, CO Dec 09, 2016 $87,214

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Top Skills for A System Software Developer

Pl/SqlDataWarehouseWebApplicationsSoftwareDevelopmentHardwareLinuxC/C++ProceduresCustomerServicePlatformMicrosoftSQLServerC #ASPArchitectureUnixManagementSystemXMLPerlHtmlUserInterface

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Top System Software Developer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Data Warehouse
  3. Web Applications
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design of data warehouse and software tools used to store production test results.
  • Developed and maintained dynamic web applications and web sites, i.e.
  • Collaborated with end-users during all phases of the software development process to ensure system change objectives were met.
  • Diagnosed and resolved hardware/software problems or arranged for vendor service.
  • Served as Administrator of Red Hat Linux and SuSE Linux Servers and provided support to internal users.

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