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Working As A Systems Software Specialist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $91,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems Software Specialist 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 Systems Software Specialist

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
Systems Specialist 4.2 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Systems Software Specialist
Programmer 7.1%
Instructor 3.0%
Top Careers After Systems Software Specialist
Consultant 7.2%
Director 3.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$91,000
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$66,000
Min 10%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Mount Sinai Health System
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Systems Software Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Systems Software Specialist in the United States is $91,609 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $66,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Systems Software Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems and Software Specialist Future Electronics Corp. Bolton, MA Jan 21, 2011 $119,350
Systems and Software Specialist Future Electronics Corp. Bolton, MA Jan 01, 2011 $119,350
SR. System Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Aug 15, 2012 $118,451
Senior Systems Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Aug 12, 2015 $118,450
Senior System Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Oct 19, 2009 $115,000
Senior System Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Aug 13, 2012 $115,000
System Specialist-Software Engineer MCI Communications Services, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 23, 2015 $115,000
Senior System Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Jan 13, 2016 $114,451
Software Dev./System Integration Professional 5 Critigen LLC Pleasant Hill, CA Aug 15, 2015 $113,742
Senior Systems Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Jul 25, 2016 $113,015
Systems and Software Specialist Future Electronics Corp. Bolton, MA Sep 11, 2010 $112,561
Software Development/System Integration Professional 5 Critigen LLC Pleasant Hill, CA May 15, 2014 $110,056
Senior System Software Specialist II Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Jun 23, 2015 $108,151
Senior System Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Oct 03, 2011 $105,000
Senior System Software Specialists Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Aug 01, 2011 $105,000
Senior System Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Jun 19, 2015 $103,001
Senior Systems Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Oct 21, 2014 $103,001
Senior Systems Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Oct 03, 2014 $103,001
SR. Systems Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $100,786
SR. Systems Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Jul 23, 2013 $100,000
Systems Specialist-Software Engineer MCI Communications Services, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 17, 2014 $100,000
Senior System Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $92,883
Senior Systems Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Nov 02, 2016 $92,700
Senior Systems Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Dec 15, 2015 $92,700
SR. Systems Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY May 21, 2016 $90,177
SR. Systems Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY May 21, 2013 $90,177
Senior System Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Dec 31, 2010 $90,177
SR. System Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Oct 09, 2009 $90,177
Senior System Software Specialist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Nov 18, 2012 $90,151

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Top Skills for A Systems Software Specialist

  1. Windows XP
  2. Data Replication
  3. Unix
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and tested unattended installers for corporate-wide distribution of software applications to Windows XP workstations.
  • Configured and installed software for Trojan Spirit II mobile satellite terminals utilizing UNIX 2.5/6 operational software.
  • Install and maintain SQL Server 2005 and other database software in a clustered environment on a Storage Area Network.
  • Design, code and implement infrastructure software by providing solutions and enhancements to support applications and operating systems.
  • Implemented and tested system disaster recovery procedures for business critical applications.

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Top 10 Best States for Systems Software Specialists

  1. Virginia
  2. Colorado
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Washington
  5. California
  6. Maryland
  7. Massachusetts
  8. New York
  9. New Jersey
  10. North Carolina
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Systems Software Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

74.6%

Female

16.2%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

56.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Asian

11.2%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

Cantonese

20.0%

Chinese

20.0%

Systems Software Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

7.0%

California State University - Sacramento

7.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.3%

Sacramento City College

5.3%

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

5.3%

Texas A&M University - Commerce

5.3%

University of Arizona

5.3%

University of Houston

5.3%

Oklahoma State University

5.3%

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

5.3%

Ferris State University

5.3%

Southern Vermont College

5.3%

Clemson University

5.3%

Kansas State University

5.3%

University of Alaska Anchorage

5.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%

Pacific University

3.5%

Roosevelt University

3.5%

Vanderbilt University

3.5%

Central Michigan University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

25.5%

Business

13.9%

Computer Information Systems

9.3%

Electrical Engineering

6.0%

Information Technology

6.0%

Management

5.6%

Management Information Systems

4.6%

Information Systems

4.6%

Mathematics

3.2%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Economics

2.8%

Political Science

2.3%

Project Management

1.9%

Computer Networking

1.9%

Education

1.9%

English

1.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.9%

Industrial Engineering

1.4%

Communication

1.4%

Information Sciences

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.4%

Masters

23.1%

Other

16.1%

Associate

9.2%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

1.1%
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