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System Software Developer

ByMilanie Noriega

What does a systems developer do?

A systems software developer. They develop and implement applications and programs for the backend processing systems used in businesses and organisations. Backend processing systems are the behind-the-scenes parts of software that don’t have a user interface, except for administration purposes.

Typical responsibilities of a systems developer include:

  • discussing the client’s requirements and the proposed solution with a senior developer (for developers at mid-skill level and below)
  • using development tools to write and test code to develop these solutions
  • writing documentation and operating manuals
    testing and modifying systems to ensure that they operate reliably
  • user training and support
  • responding to feedback
  • fault finding, diagnosing and fixing bugs

Key skills for systems developers :
Mathematical aptitude and strong problem-solving skills
Programming languages such as .NET, VBNet, PHP, PowerBuilder, C# and Java
Excellent organisational and time management skills
Accuracy and attention to detail
An understanding of the latest trends and their effect on a commercial environment
Teamwork skills, because most projects require input from individuals in different roles
Self-development skills to keep up to date with fast-changing trends