Before a computer operating system can be used operating systems programmers must research create review test design and install the system on a computer. An operating system according to education.yahoo.com is “software that is designed to control the hardware of a specific data-processing system in order to allow users and application programs to make use of it.” Operating systems are programmed using various computer languages. Some such languages are Java Visual Basic and C++. Operating systems programmers must be fluent in these languages and able to create code to develop or enhance new or existing computer software. When a problem arises with a computer operating system an operating systems programmer must have the skills and ability to look at the system’s code determine where they problem exists and revise the code so that the system functions properly. Additionally when enhancements or updated versions of an operating system are required an operating systems programmer is responsible for fulfilling these job duties. This usually involves working directly with different members of an IT department which may include network systems engineers and technicians software developers and those who work with database management. The website www.thejobexplorer.com says that a bachelor’s degree in the field of computer science is required for this career and many employers require that an operating systems programmer have at least two years of experience working in the field of applications programming. According to the website www1.salary.com the average yearly salary for an operations system programmer is $54332.
|Education Required:||Bachelor's Degree|
|Tasks:||Maintains operating system software.
Resolves problems associated with operating systems.
Ensures that operating systems run efficiently.
Provides technical support to members of an IT department.
|Also Called:||Computer Programmer
Operating Systems Designer
Computer Systems Programmer