Information Technology Specialist 3 Systems Prgmg

Grade 23

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Career Ladder

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Summary of Job Description

As an Information Technology Specialist 3 (Systems Programming), you would perform such activities including, but not limited to: systems programming and implementation, maintaining, and managing an agency's hardware and systems software environment or major component of it.

For all titles, you may supervise Information Technology Assistants, Information Technology Specialists 1 or 2, Information Technology Specialists 1 or 2 (Programming), and support staff.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.  

There are two examinations for this position. Please note: New York State employees may qualify for both.

Either 1. a bachelor's or higher level degree in any field including or supplemented by 15 semester credit hours in programming languages AND two years of experience in computer systems programming;

Or 2. a bachelor's or higher level degree in any field AND three years of experience in computer systems programming;

Or 3. an associate's degree* with 15 semester credit hours in programming languages AND four years of experience in computer systems programming;

Or 4. five years of experience in computer systems programming.

To qualify for No. 26-843, the computer systems programming experience must have involved the planning, configuration, testing, implementation, and/or management of the systems environment that supports the organization's information technology architecture and business needs. This could be a mainframe or network based server environment where the server supports databases, data communications, web sites, applications servers, etc. The primary distinctive characteristic of computer systems programming when compared to applications programming is that applications programming produces software which provides services to the user, whereas systems programming produces software which provides services to the computer hardware (e.g., operating systems, disk defragmenter) and requires a greater degree of hardware awareness. Applications programming experience does not qualify for this examination.

*Candidates who have completed at least 60 college semester hours in a bachelor's degree program, including at least 15 semester credithours in a computer science field, also qualify, but must meet the experience requirements as described in #3.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


How to Apply

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Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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