What does a Systems Developer do?

Systems developers perform tasks related to the design, development, modification, and administration of software systems and applications. They identify and assess user needs or project requirements, and design or configure systems and programs that meet those needs. Developers primarily perform most of their work on the system coding and backend processing, as opposed to features that are seen or accessed by the end user. They write and modify code, handle testing and debugging tasks, and perform ongoing troubleshooting.

Systems developers typically have a bachelor’s degree in a computer science field, and a background in software programming or development. They should have hands-on experience with testing and debugging tools and programs, and proficiency with programming languages. These roles require attention to detail and strong organization skills.

What responsibilities are common for Systems Developer jobs?
  • Verify accuracy of data and maintenance and support for the data warehouse.
  • Create and oversee jobs for daily, weekly, and monthly backups.
  • Perform data migrations between storage frames for existing customers.
  • Create and maintain complete documentation as it relates to installation and status of software.
  • Provide system integration and security plans and implementation.
  • Formulate and define specifications for applications or modify/maintain existing applications.
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance to customers (primarily internal) regarding applications and participate in upgrades and system enhancement projects.
  • Design and develop prototype software using the latest open-source technologies.
  • Implement disaster recovery procedures and ensure that the system meets high availability standards.
  • Work with senior team members to identify errors and/or deficiencies in specifications and to make required modifications or enhancements.
  • Create test plans and perform regression testing and white box testing as modules are integrated into the end systems.
  • Collaborate on the design of data models, technical architecture, data flows, schemas and API contracts.
  • Provide technical support activities for a production processing environment.
What are the typical qualifications for Systems Developer jobs?
  • Graduate's or Doctorate's Degree in electrical engineering, computer science or information technology, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with Z/OS, SQL, C, C#, JAVA, LIMS, and SSRS software and systems.
  • Experience with DBZ, DBMS, MQ, CICS, Linux, and APIs software and systems.
  • Comfortable with algorithm design, scripting, and unit testing.
  • Demonstrated skills in debugging, design patterns, and enterprise resource planning.
  • Is skilled at problem solving.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Systems Developer make?

$104,742 /yr
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Systems Developer Career Path

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Systemutvecklare/Systems Developer
Jan 5, 2022

“Working within software development also allows you great freedom to work on what you think is important.”

Embedded Systems Developer
Nov 7, 2021

“Good learning opportunity for entry level Electrical/Electronics engineers looking to start a career in Embedded Systems.”

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Senior Systems Developer
May 8, 2021

“Good learning opportunities as it is a startup so you always has something to work upon based on your capabilities.”

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Consulting Systems Developer I
May 29, 2021

“The bonus is a farce that will rarely ever pay 100% of target because it’s not based on any measurable targets.”

Systems Developer Analyst
Nov 21, 2021

“You will get good trainings and hike which is quite good.”

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Senior Z/OS Systems Programmer
Feb 21, 2022

“Interesting work and good people”

Systems Developer Analyst
Feb 27, 2022

“it's difficult to have training for career growth specially when it is not related to your current role.”

Embedded Systems Developer
Jan 15, 2022

“Great people and cultures.”

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