Systems Software Developers

What do Systems Software Developers do?

Systems software developers are involved with research, design, development and test operations of systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution. They 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 build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers create the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars. They sometimes design embedded systems software, applying principles and techniques of computer science, engineering and mathematical analysis.

Average Wage

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Experienced Wage

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As a Systems Software Developer, you will

Analyze information to determine, recommend and plan installation or modification of a system
Consult with customers or other departments on project status, proposals or technical issues
Develop or direct software system testing or validation procedures
Direct software programming and development of documentation

Training & Educational Opportunities

The majority of jobs in software development require a bachelor degree in computer science, programming, software engineering, or a related field, along with coursework and applied skills in widely used operating systems and programming languages.

Specialized Skills / Certifications

  • Java
  • .Net
  • MCSD
  • C#
  • C++
  • Agile
  • Project Management
  • Software Testing & Quality Assurance

Training Providers

  • College of DuPage
  • Illinois Institute of Technology

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Types of Employers

  • Computer systems design services
  • Healthcare companies
  • Software companies
  • Technology companies
  • Universities

Advancement Opportunities

  • Computer and Information Research Manager
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Hardware Engineer