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Working As A Systems Developer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Systems Developer Career Paths

Systems Developer
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Developer Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Developer Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Developer Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Lead Technician Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Technical Consultant Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Developer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Project Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Test Developer 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Systems Developer
Programmer 8.0%
Consultant 6.2%
Developer 5.7%
Internship 3.7%
Manager 2.3%
Top Careers After Systems Developer
Consultant 8.1%
Developer 6.3%
Manager 2.6%

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Systems Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

65.9%

Female

22.0%

Unknown

12.1%
Ethnicity

White

54.2%

Asian

17.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.0%

Mandarin

9.3%

French

9.3%

Chinese

9.3%

Portuguese

7.2%

Japanese

4.1%

Arabic

4.1%

Korean

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Carrier

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

German

2.1%

Persian

2.1%

Turkish

1.0%

Romanian

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Danish

1.0%

Hungarian

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%
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Systems Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

7.1%

Pennsylvania State University

6.5%

George Washington University

5.9%

University of Maryland - University College

5.6%

Florida State University

5.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.7%

North Carolina State University

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.4%

Michigan State University

4.1%

Temple University

4.1%

San Jose State University

4.1%

University of Washington

4.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.1%

Drexel University

4.1%

University of Alabama

3.8%

New York University

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.2%

Business

13.1%

Computer Information Systems

8.0%

Electrical Engineering

7.0%

Computer Engineering

6.9%

Information Technology

4.9%

Management Information Systems

4.3%

Information Systems

4.3%

Management

3.0%

Finance

2.6%

Mathematics

2.3%

Accounting

2.2%

Computer Programming

2.1%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Information Sciences

1.8%

Project Management

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Engineering

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Marketing

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

30.6%

Other

12.0%

Associate

6.4%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

2.7%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Systems Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Systems Developer in the United States is $87,676 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $119,000.

Real Systems Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Financial Systems Developer Quantitative Risk Management, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 05, 2015 $180,000
Trading Systems Developer Ares Operations LLC Los Angeles, CA Oct 17, 2016 $160,000
Consultant/Systems Developer Knowledgent Group Inc. Eden Prairie, MN May 01, 2015 $150,000
Computer Systems Developer Telecommunication Systems Annapolis, MD Jan 08, 2016 $139,693
SAP Financial Systems Developer Discovery Communications, LLC Silver Spring, MD Jul 12, 2016 $136,297 -
$139,638
Systems Developer C-Vision Inc. Milford Mill, MD Apr 01, 2016 $130,000
Systems Developer C-Vision Inc. Milford Mill, MD Dec 30, 2015 $130,000
Systems Developer C-Vision Inc. Milford Mill, MD Nov 01, 2016 $130,000
Financial Systems Developer Quantitative Risk Management Chicago, IL Oct 28, 2016 $127,000
Enterprisewide Applications/Systems Developer Servicenow, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 21, 2016 $126,934 -
$176,100
Systems Developer Hudson River Trading LLC New York, NY Aug 29, 2016 $125,000 -
$150,000
Cmot Application/Systems Developer Global Mkts and OPS Tech Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Apr 01, 2016 $125,000 -
$145,000
Systems Developer (Associate Director) Babson Capital Management LLC Springfield, MA Mar 28, 2016 $102,500
Billing Systems Developer Dow Jones and Company South Brunswick, NJ Mar 23, 2015 $102,343
Systems Developer Infowave Systems, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 25, 2015 $102,000
Applications System Developer NGM Insurance Company Jacksonville, FL May 10, 2016 $101,941
Earth System Model Developer Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Jan 10, 2016 $101,448
Earth System Model Developer Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Oct 01, 2016 $101,448
System Developer Panton Inc. Houston, TX Sep 30, 2015 $101,234
Computer Systems Developer Telecommunication Systems, Inc. Seattle, WA Feb 08, 2016 $101,088
Core Systems Developer Elephant Insurance Glen Allen, VA Aug 13, 2015 $85,686
Peoplesoft Systems Developer Erp Analysts, Inc. Folsom, CA Jun 21, 2016 $85,000
Systems Developer-II Appstek, Inc. Addison, TX Jan 09, 2016 $85,000
System Developer Venna Lucky Technologies LLC Glendale, CA Sep 21, 2015 $85,000
System Developer Venna Lucky Technologies LLC Glendale, CA Sep 23, 2015 $85,000
Enterprise System Developer II The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX Aug 10, 2016 $83,239
Enterprise System Developer II The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX Jan 07, 2016 $83,239

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Top Skills for A Systems Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Warehouse
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  • Designed and developed web application for fund investors to access account information and records.
  • Developed software using PL/SQL and Pro*C to access Oracle database and obtain metadata on seismic files stored on high density tapes.
  • Created technical specification for components of claim data warehouse project that increased system efficiency and reduced data redundancy.
  • Provide Windows XP/Win 7/Office 2007/2010 Desktops, Laptops, Server 2003/2008/Open SUSE Linux and In Car Camera Support.
  • Provided technical expertise in identifying, evaluating and developing systems and procedures that are cost effective and meet user requirements.

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