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Job Family: Applications Programming
Benchmark Title: Computer Programmer - All Levels
Computer Programmers perform programming services for establishments or for outside organizations who may contract
for services. Converts specifications (precise descriptions) about business or scientific problems into a sequence
of detailed instructions to solve problems by electronic data processing (EDP) equipment, i.e., digital computers.
Draws program flow charts to describe the processing of data and develops the precise steps and processing logic
which, when entered into the computer in coded language (ASSEMBLY, BASIC, COBOL, FORTRAN, FOCUS, C++, C, JAVA,
PASCAL, PERL, PHP, PYTHON, CGI, HTML, RUBY, SQL or other programming language), manipulates data to achieve results.
Tests and corrects programs and prepares instructions for operators who control the computer during runs. Modifies
programs to increase operating efficiency or to respond to changes in work processes; maintains records to document
program development and revisions.
 
Benchmark Title: Computer Software Engineers, Applications
Computer Software Engineers, Applications develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or
specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize
software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within
an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team.
 
Benchmark Title: Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software
Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software,
compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace,
business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze
software requirements. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.
 
Benchmark Title: Programmers, Numerical Tool and Process Control
Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmers develop programs to control machining or processing of parts by
automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.
 
 
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Job Family: Computer Networks
Benchmark Title: Network Systems and Data Communication Analysts
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts analyze, design, test, and evaluate network systems, such as local
area networks, wide area networks, Internet, intranet, and other data communications systems. Perform network
modeling, analysis, and planning. Research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.
Include telecommunications specialists who deal with the interfacing of computer and communications equipment. May
supervise computer programmers.
 
Benchmark Title: Network and Computer System Administrators
Network and Computer Systems Administrators install, configure, and support an organization's local area network
(LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet system or a segment of a network system. Maintain network hardware and
software. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and perform necessary maintenance to
support network availability. May supervise other network support specialists and plan, coordinate, and implement
network security measures.
 
 
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Job Family: Computer Operations
Benchmark Title: Computer Operator I
Computer Operator I receives on-the-job training in operating the control console(sometimes augmented by classroom
training). Works under close personal supervision and is provided detailed written or oral guidance before and
during assignments. As instructed, resolves common operating problems. May serve as an assistant operator working
under close supervision or performing a portion of a more senior operator's work.
 
Benchmark Title: Computer Operator II
Computer Operator II processes scheduled routines which present few difficult operating problems (e.g., infrequent
or easily resolved error conditions). In response to computer output instructions or error conditions, applies
standard operating or corrective procedure. Refers problems which do not respond to preplanned procedure. May serve
as an assistant operator, working under general supervision.
 
Benchmark Title: Computer Operator III
Computer Operator III processes a range of scheduled routines. In addition to operating the system and resolving
common error conditions, diagnoses and acts on machine stoppage and error conditions not fully covered by existing
procedures and guidelines (e.g., resetting switches and other controls or making mechanical adjustments to maintain
or restore equipment operations). In response to computer output instructions or error conditions, may deviate from
standard procedures if standard procedures do not provide a solution. Refers problems which do not respond to
corrective procedures.
 
Benchmark Title: Computer Operator IV
Computer Operator IV adapts to a variety of nonstandard problems which require extensive operator intervention
(e.g., frequent introduction of new programs, applications, or procedures). In response to computer output
instructions or error conditions, chooses or devises a course of action from among several alternatives and alters
or deviates from standard procedures if standard procedures do not provide a solution (e.g., reassigning equipment
in order to work around faulty equipment or transfer channels); then refers problems. Typically, completed work is
submitted to users without supervisory review.
 
Benchmark Title: Computer Operator V
Computer Operator V resolves a variety of difficult operating problems (e.g., making unusual equipment connections
and rarely used equipment and channel configurations to direct processing through or around problems in equipment,
circuits, or channels or reviewing test run requirements and developing unusual system configurations that will
allow test programs to process without interfering with on-going job requirements). In response to computer output
instructions and error conditions or to avoid loss of information or to conserve computer time, operator deviates
from standard procedures. Such actions may materially alter the computer unit's production plans. May spend
considerable time away from the control station providing technical assistance to lower level operators and
assisting programmers, systems analysts,and subject matter specialists in resolving problems.
 
 
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Benchmark Title: Computer Oprtr-All Levels Combined
Computer Operator monitors and operates the control console of either a mainframe digital computer or a group of
minicomputers, in accordance with operating instructions, to process data. Work is characterized by the following:
1) Studies operating instructions to determine equipment setup needed; 2) Loads equipment with required items
(tapes, cards, paper, etc.); 3) Switches necessary auxiliary equipment into system; 4) Starts and operates control
console; 5) Diagnoses and corrects equipment malfunctions; 6) Reviews error messages and makes corrections during
operation or refers problems; 7) Maintains operating record.
 
Benchmark Title: Computer Support Specialists
Computer Support Specialists provide technical assistance to computer system users. Answer questions or resolve
computer problems for clients in person, via telephone or from remote location. May provide assistance concerning
the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and
operating systems.
 
 
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Job Family: Computer Systems Analyst
Benchmark Title: Systems Analyst I (Entry)
Systems Analyst I initial assignments are designed to expand practical experience in applying systems analysis
techniques and procedures. Provides several phases of the required systems analysis where the nature of the system
is predetermined. Uses established fact finding approaches, knowledge of pertinent work processes and procedures,
and familiarity with related computer programming practices, system software, and computer equipment.
 
Benchmark Title: Systems Analyst II (Fully Qualified)
Applies systems analysis and design skills in an area such as a recordkeeping or
scientific operation. A system of several varied sequences or formats is usually developed, e.g., systems for
maintaining depositor accounts in a bank, maintaining accounts receivable in a retail establishment, maintaining
inventory accounts in a manufacturing or wholesale establishment, or processing a limited problem in a scientific
project. Requires competence in most phases of system analysis and knowledge of pertinent system software and
computer equipment and of the work processes, applicable regulations, work load, and practices of the assigned
subject-matter area. Recognizes probable interactions of related computer systems and predicts impact of a change
in assigned system.
 
Benchmark Title: Systems Analyst III (Lead/Advanced/Complex Systems Analysis)
Applies systems analysis and design techniques to complex computer systems in a broad area such as manufacturing;
finance management; engineering, accounting, or statistics; logistics planning; material management, etc. Usually,
there are multiple users of the system; however, there may be complex one-user systems, e.g., for engineering or
research projects. Requires competence in all phases of systems analysis techniques, concepts, and methods and
knowledge of available system software, computer equipment, and the regulations, structure, techniques, and
management practices of one or more subject-matter areas. Since input data usually come from diverse sources, is
responsible for recognizing probable conflicts and integrating diverse data elements and sources. Produces
innovative solutions for a variety of complex problems.
 
Benchmark Title: Systems Analyst IV (Project Lead,Specialist,Consultant)
Applies expert systems analysis and design techniques to complex system development in a specialized design area
and/or resolves unique or unyielding problems in existing complex systems by applying new technology. Work requires
a broad knowledge of data sources and flow, interactions of existing complex systems in the organization, and the
capabilities and limitations of the systems software and computer equipment. Objectives and overall requirements
are defined in the organization's EDP policies and standards; the primary constraints typically are those
imposed by the need for compatibility with existing systems or processes. Supervision and nature of review are
similar to levels II and III.
 
Benchmark Title: Systems Analyst V (Chief Technical Expert-Enterprise Level)
As a top technical expert, the Computer Systems Analyst V develops broad unprecedented computer systems and/or
conducts critical studies central to the success of large organizations having extensive technical or highly
diversified computer requirements. Considers such requirements as broad organization policy, and the diverse user
needs of several organizational levels and locations. Works under general administrative direction.
 
 
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Benchmark Title: Systems Anlyst-All Levels Combined
Computer Systems Analysts analyze science, engineering, business, and all other data processing problems for
application to electronic data processing systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate
or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May
analyze or recommend commercially available software.
 
 
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Job Family: Database Admin/Architecture
Benchmark Title: Data Base Administrators
Database administrators work with database management systems software and determine ways to organize and store
data. They identify user requirements, set up computer databases, and test and coordinate modifications to the
systems. An organizationĘs database administrator ensures the performance of the system, understands the platform
on which the database runs, and adds new users to the system. Because they also may design and implement system
security, database administrators often plan and coordinate security measures. With the volume of sensitive data
generated every second growing rapidly, data integrity, backup systems, and database security have become
increasingly important aspects of the job of database administrators.
 
 
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