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Become A Systems Programmer

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Working As A 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

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems Programmer Do At Community Health Systems

* Monitors and modifies the Business Intelligence systems in a Data Warehouse environment providing senior level analytical solutions and light administration.
* Design and develop OLAP databases to enable users to analyze multidimensional data interactively from multiple perspectives.
* Design and implement Business Intelligence Data Warehousing solutions to integrate data from one or more disparate sources.
* Review and analyze reporting implementations to identify problems and areas needing enhancement.
* Consult with management to ensure agreement on system principles.
* Confer with clients regarding the nature of the information processing or computation needs a computer program is to address.
* Coordinate with our architecture group to plan expansion of capacity and planning for out BI platforms

What Does A Systems Programmer Do At USAA

* Understands cross domain strategic vision and maintains team process alignment to achieve objectives
* Has a comprehensive understanding of key operational processes and executes the team's role without guidance
* Ensures core team processes are operating properly and assists in team work load balancing.
* Drives and supports operational process change within the team, ensuring successful implementation
* Actively collaborates with all areas across IT and the business to successfully operate core team processes
* Consistently demonstrates initiative for supporting and implementing change within the respective domains
* Identifies and executes real-time actions to achieve rapid return to service, perform complex root cause analysis across domains and implement corrective measures to prevent future service interruptions
* Configures, maintains and monitors systems infrastructure to enhance availability, improve performance, and ensure adequate capacity

What Does A Systems Programmer Do At BBVA Compass

* Working with Project Managers to determine needs and applying / customizing existing technology to meet those needs
* Designs, modifies, develops, writes and implements software programming applications
* Work with vendors for investigating application issues and achieving resolutions
* Provides technical support to project team members
* Manages code deployment processes for multiple applications
* Maintaining and supporting multiple projects and deadlines
* Recording work progress on a weekly basis
* Develop design documentation
* Participate in application deployment activities including user support during deployment
* Must be able to work nights, holidays and weekends when needed, such as during application deployments or to bring support to production environments

What Does A Systems Programmer Do At ICF Consulting Group, Inc.

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* Thorough knowledge of installation tools to include SMP/E, ServerPac, PDO, etc.
* Manage the custom configuration of production and test z/OS operating system LPARs
* Manage the custom configuration of zSeries mainframe hardware
* Installation and customization of IBM and non
* IBM software products on the z/OS operating system
* Ability to monitor the operating system using tools including RMF and Omegamon to improve performance and to diagnose and resolve problems
* Ensure customer satisfaction and provide follow-up support to various customer organizations
* Respond to issues generated from the Helpdesk, Operations, and Applications staff
* Create and maintain system policies and user documentation, including user guides and training material
* Support and participate in the client s efforts to prepare for possible disaster

What Does A Systems Programmer Do At Texas Legislative Council

* Writes applications that allows clients to interact with TLC infrastructure in a controlled and secure manner.
* Infrastructure includes various operating systems, web services, data shares, AD, and DNS.
* Collaborates with application developers to explore new technologies and to decide which technologies to utilize.
* Is responsible for ensuring those technologies are implemented in a secure but useful manner.
* Installs and maintains both custom-designed and vendor-supplied software such as Team Foundation, GitHub, and IIS.
* Troubleshoots complex technical issues to rapidly recover from outages and production failures.
* Works with quality control teams during testing phases to find improvements to performance and architecture.
* Acts as a liaison between the infrastructure team and the applications team, working with both departments to ensure that the processes created are functional and secure.
* Stays abreast of current trends and products and reports ways of adapting those trends and products to improve the agency

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How To Become A 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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Systems Programmer Career Paths

Systems Programmer
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Software Engineer
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Program Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Systems Programmer Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Arabic

  • Greek

  • Carrier

  • Italian

  • Hindi

  • Swedish

  • Gujarati

  • Cheyenne

  • Dutch

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Russian

  • Thai

  • Afrikaans

  • Tagalog

  • Portuguese

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Real Systems Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Programmer II PDT Partners LLC New York, NY Jul 29, 2016 $185,000
Systems Programmer PDT Partners, LLC New York, NY Feb 14, 2015 $185,000
Systems Programmer PDT Partners, LLC New York, NY Jul 31, 2015 $185,000
Systems Programmer II PDT Partners, LLC New York, NY Feb 23, 2016 $175,000
Systems Programmer Infinera Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Dec 13, 2016 $164,382 -
Staff Systems Programmer Infinera Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Nov 14, 2016 $157,477 -
Senior, Systems Programmer Infinera Corporation Sunnyvale, CA May 13, 2015 $134,534 -
Principal Computer Systems Programmer New York State Unified Court System New York, NY Oct 20, 2016 $131,572
Systems Programmer Apple Inc. Newark, CA Jul 01, 2016 $130,000 -
Systems Programmer PDT Partners, LLC New York, NY Feb 14, 2015 $129,000
System Programmer Radiant Logic, Inc. Novato, CA Oct 01, 2015 $128,544
System Programmer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 28, 2015 $125,000 -
Systems Programmer Apple Inc. Newark, CA May 11, 2016 $122,949 -
SR. Systems Programmer Illumina San Diego, CA Apr 13, 2016 $122,803 -
SR. Systems Programmer Illumina San Diego, CA Nov 05, 2016 $92,768 -
SR. Systems Programmer Illumina, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 15, 2016 $91,749 -
Senior Systems Programmer Eloyalty LLC Franklin, TN Mar 25, 2015 $90,000
Systems Programmer V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc. Westbury, NY Jan 02, 2016 $90,000
Advanced Systems Programmer/Administrator Zebra Technologies Corporation Lincolnshire, IL Jun 27, 2016 $88,858 -
Systems Programmer Infinera Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Sep 04, 2015 $88,594 -
System Programmer IBM India Private Limited Charlotte, NC Dec 07, 2016 $69,826
System Programmer IBM India Private Limited Charlotte, NC Jan 07, 2016 $69,826
System Programmer IBM India Private Limited Charlotte, NC Jul 06, 2016 $69,826
System Programmer Cvent, Inc. McLean, VA Aug 21, 2016 $69,638
Senior Systems Programmer, Business Intelligence Compass Bank Birmingham, AL Feb 01, 2015 $69,200
Applications Systems Programmer AVCO Consulting Inc. Worcester, MA Apr 14, 2016 $69,160
Systems Programmer Aplomb Technologies, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 09, 2016 $69,000
Systems Programmer Aplomb Technologies, Inc. Redmond, WA Jan 09, 2016 $69,000

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Top Skills for A Systems Programmer


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Top Systems Programmer Skills

  1. Mainframe
  2. Hardware
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Directed testing and upgrade activities on four IBM mainframes, and supervised five programmers.
  • Assist and advise management regarding hardware and software acquisitions.
  • Designed relational databases to perpetuate custom application development.
  • Installed CICS 3.2 Worked on several bundled software implementations on time and without undue outages.
  • Upgraded to MVS/XA version 2.2 during an applications conversion from DOS to MVS and trained operators in the new operating system.

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