These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Systems Engineers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago
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It’s tough to be a systems engineer nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a systems engineer isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become systems engineers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many systems engineers no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former systems engineers to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former systems engineers:

  1. Senior Systems Engineer
  2. Systems Administrator
  3. Network Engineer
  4. Project Manager
  5. Consultant
  6. Software Engineer
  7. Information Technology Manager
  8. Senior Network Engineer
  9. Senior Software Engineer
  10. Senior Engineer

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a systems engineer would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former systems engineers to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former systems engineers:

  1. Information Technology Manager
  2. Senior System Administrator
  3. Network Administrator
  4. Information Technology Consultant
  5. Technical Analyst
  6. Solutions Architect
  7. Windows System Administrator
  8. Information Technology Project Manager
  9. Network Technician
  10. Technical Consultant

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Systems Engineers

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed systems engineer under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a systems engineer, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former systems engineers.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Systems Engineers

Job Title Rank %
Senior Systems Engineer 1 4.37%
Systems Administrator 2 3.32%
Network Engineer 3 1.58%
Project Manager 4 1.26%
Consultant 5 1.26%
Software Engineer 6 1.15%
Information Technology Manager 7 1.08%
Senior Network Engineer 8 0.93%
Senior Software Engineer 9 0.9%
Senior Engineer 10 0.8%
Engineer 11 0.78%
Senior System Administrator 12 0.78%
Network Administrator 13 0.72%
Systems Analyst 14 0.67%
Information Technology Consultant 15 0.63%
Program Manager 16 0.6%
Technical Analyst 17 0.53%
Technical Support Specialist 18 0.53%
Solutions Architect 19 0.53%
Business Analyst 20 0.53%
Test Engineer 21 0.5%
Windows System Administrator 22 0.5%
Senior Consultant 23 0.49%
Information Technology Project Manager 24 0.48%
Principal Systems Engineer 25 0.48%
Network Technician 26 0.48%
Lead Systems Engineer 27 0.47%
Technical Consultant 28 0.46%
Owner 29 0.43%
Lead Technician 30 0.43%
Project Engineer 31 0.43%
Senior Project Manager 32 0.42%
Technical Support Engineer 33 0.41%
Manager 34 0.4%
Director Of Information 35 0.39%
Graduate Assistant 36 0.39%
Graduate Research Assistant 37 0.38%
Team Leader 38 0.38%
Research Assistant 39 0.36%
Mechanical Engineer 40 0.36%
Information Technology Specialist 41 0.34%
Software Developer 42 0.33%
Engineering Manager 43 0.32%
Senior Systems Analyst 44 0.32%
Design Engineer 45 0.31%
Lead Engineer 46 0.31%
Electrical Engineer 47 0.3%
Database Administrator 48 0.29%
Field Service Technician 49 0.28%
Application Engineer 50 0.27%
Teaching Assistant 51 0.27%
Systems Architect 52 0.27%
Sales Engineer 53 0.27%
Information Technology Director 54 0.26%
Principal Engineer 55 0.26%
Security Engineer 56 0.25%
Project Leader 57 0.25%
Infrastructure Engineer 58 0.25%
Product Manager 59 0.24%
Consulting Engineer 60 0.24%
Information Technology Analyst 61 0.24%
Senior Manager 62 0.24%
Programmer Analyst 63 0.23%
Operations Manager 64 0.23%
System Test Engineer 65 0.23%
Storage Administrator 66 0.23%
Data Analyst 67 0.22%
Quality Assurance Engineer 68 0.22%
Information Systems Technician 69 0.22%
Senior Analyst 70 0.22%
Software Test Engineer 71 0.22%
Architect 72 0.21%
Solutions Engineer 73 0.21%
Graduate Teaching Assistant 74 0.21%
Internship 75 0.21%
Chief Technology Officer 76 0.2%
Manager, Systems Engineering 77 0.2%
Network Security Engineer 78 0.2%
Analyst 79 0.2%
Information Security Analyst 80 0.2%
Vmware Administrator 81 0.2%
Web Developer 82 0.19%
Quality Assurance Analyst 83 0.19%
Senior Project Engineer 84 0.18%
Operations Engineer 85 0.18%
Information Technology Technician 86 0.18%
Computer Technician 87 0.18%
Devops Engineer 88 0.18%
Senior Solutions Architect 89 0.18%
Senior Electrical Engineer 90 0.18%
Radio Frequency Engineer 91 0.17%
Associate 92 0.17%
Vice President 93 0.17%
Administrator 94 0.17%
Systems Engineer Staff 95 0.17%
Systems Integration Engineer 96 0.17%
Field Engineer 97 0.17%
Senior Infrastructure Engineer 98 0.16%
Service Engineer 99 0.16%
Senior Technician Specialist 100 0.16%

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