Systems Developer

Average Salary: £30,000 - £35,000
Competition: LOW-MID
Years Experience: 2-5 years

Job Summary

Whilst Software Developers work primarily on developing computer software and not hardware, Systems Developers work on a bit of both. They maintain and integrate new and modified computer systems, in order to meet business needs. Call them the ‘Computer Doctor’, as they also diagnose and resolve any system issues! Okay, that's enough with the cheese.


In this day and age, having good computer systems are essential for businesses to perform to their max. Technology dominates the world we live in, making a Systems Developer's role in demand. Usually they will be responsible for:

  • Understanding the business needs and user requirements
  • Reviewing and analysing current IT systems and processes
  • Updating and designing existing and new systems by creating new software and implementing appropriate hardware
  • Testing and modifying system amendments and refining as necessary
  • Writing professional user manuals on new systems as well as offering training
  • Maintaining systems whilst dealing with any issues
  • Keeping up-to-date with new developments in technology

Key Skills & Characteristics

A System Developer should:

  • Have excellent communication skills, being able to explain technical information clearly
  • Possess strong problem solving skills, having an attention to detail
  • Have an analytical and logical mindset
  • Show strong technical skills being able to adapt and learn quickly
  • Always have an organisational awareness of the business's goals and strategies

Entry Routes

Most employers will look favourably to individuals who have studied a degree in a Computer Science subject. Surprise, surprise! They’ll be keen to find out about your technical abilities, so having a computer related degree as well as gaining relevant work experience would be beneficial. So rack up the experience through summer internships and work placements as much as you can! You’ll make the perfect package, once you mix knowledge on some of the following programming languages and systems:

  • SQL
  • .NET
  • C#
  • JavaScript
  • HTML
  • CSS

Job Progression

Junior Systems Developer

Systems Developer

Senior Systems Developer

Systems Architect

Chief Technology Officer

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Learning – You’re always learning new things on the job
  • Variety – You get to work on different and very interesting projects
  • Project Completion – There’s always a great satisfaction in completing a project and solving a problem

The Bad

  • Upgrading Skills – Technology is changing frequently, meaning you have to update your skills often, which can be annoying
  • High Pressure – It’s a demanding role with high expectations to always produce something worthwhile
  • Documenting – Documenting how the new system operates can be time-consuming and laborious, although necessary