Systems Developer


    Systems developers build the behind-the-scenes software for a wide range of business and organizational functions.

    As a systems developer, you’ll work in a constantly evolving environment, due to technological advances and the strategic direction of their organization. You’ll create, maintain, audit and improve systems to meet particular needs, often as advised by a systems analyst or architect, testing both hard and software systems to diagnose and resolve system faults.

    The role also covers writing diagnostic programs and designing and writing code for operating systems and software to ensure efficiency. When required, you’ll make recommendations for future developments.


    Employers of systems developers

    • Specialist software development companies
    • Financial services firms
    • Banks
    • Technology consultancies
    • Telecommunications companies
    • Public sector organizations



    • analyzing user requirements
    • researching, designing and writing new software programs
    • testing new programs and fault finding
    • evaluating the software and systems that make computers and hardware work
    • developing existing programs by analyzing and identifying areas for modification
    • integrating existing software products and getting incompatible platforms to work together
    • creating technical specifications and test plans
    • writing and testing code and then refining and rewriting as necessary
    • writing systems to control the scheduling of jobs on a mainframe computer or to control the access allowed to users or remote systems
    • writing operational documentation with technical authors
    • maintaining systems by monitoring and correcting software defects
    • working closely with other staff, such as project managers, graphic artists, UX designers, other developers, systems analysts and sales and marketing professionals
    • consulting clients and colleagues concerning the maintenance and performance of software systems with a view to writing or modifying current operating systems
    • investigating new technologies
    • continually updating technical knowledge and skills by attending in-house and external courses, reading manuals and accessing new applications.



    To get into systems development you usually need a degree related to computer science or software development. Having studied one of the following subjects may increase your chances of employment:

    • computer science
    • computer software/computer systems engineering
    • electronics
    • information systems
    • information technology
    • mathematics
    • physics.



    • Mathematical aptitude and strong problem-solving skills
    • Programming languages such as C# and Java
    • Excellent organizational 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