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Working As An Associate Systems Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $101,249

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Systems Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become An Associate Systems Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Associate Systems Engineer Career Paths

Associate Systems Engineer
Project Manager Consultant Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Business Analyst Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Programmer 5.2 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Systems Specialist 4.2 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Service Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
Systems Designer 3.1 years
Computer Engineer 3.0 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 14.5%
Technician 3.8%
Consultant 3.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.8%
Internship 2.7%

Associate Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

67.8%

Female

30.0%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Asian

25.4%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Unknown

3.6%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

22.2%

French

11.1%

Hindi

11.1%

German

8.9%

Japanese

8.9%

Portuguese

4.4%

Kannada

4.4%

Telugu

2.2%

Norwegian

2.2%

Marathi

2.2%

Shona

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Gujarati

2.2%

Urdu

2.2%

Sanskrit

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Tamil

2.2%

Bengali

2.2%

Malayalam

2.2%

Italian

2.2%
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Associate Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Dallas

8.3%

University of Phoenix

7.4%

Northeastern University

6.5%

George Mason University

6.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.6%

Santa Clara University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.6%

More Tech Institute

5.6%

University of Maryland - University College

4.6%

New York University

4.6%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.6%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

Arizona State University

3.7%

San Jose State University

3.7%

Madison Area Technical College

3.7%

Johns Hopkins University

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.7%

Columbia University

3.7%

Oklahoma State University

3.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.3%

Electrical Engineering

13.1%

Business

10.5%

Information Technology

9.4%

Computer Engineering

7.6%

Computer Information Systems

6.0%

Management Information Systems

5.8%

Computer Networking

3.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Management

2.7%

Systems Engineering

2.1%

Information Systems

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Computer Systems Security

1.8%

Education

1.6%

Industrial Engineering

1.6%

Computer Applications

1.6%

Engineering

1.6%

Mathematics

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.8%

Masters

38.7%

Other

10.9%

Associate

5.5%

Doctorate

1.8%

Certificate

1.5%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Associate Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Associate, Itgds Celgene Corporation Berkeley Heights, NJ Dec 09, 2016 $133,661
Systems Associate, Itgds Celgene Corporation Berkeley Heights, NJ Jan 01, 2015 $126,000
Associate Systems Engineer II EMC Corporation El Segundo, CA Sep 23, 2015 $117,000
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jul 06, 2015 $110,004
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jan 11, 2015 $110,004
Associate System Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jan 09, 2016 $107,604
Associate System Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Aug 31, 2016 $107,604
Associate System Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jan 09, 2016 $107,076
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jun 05, 2015 $105,000
Associate System Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jan 09, 2016 $104,388
Associate Systems Engineer T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Owings Mills, MD Apr 29, 2016 $101,525 -
$155,600
Associate System Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jan 09, 2016 $101,376
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Sep 23, 2016 $101,376
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Nov 25, 2016 $101,274
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Jan 09, 2016 $93,012
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Feb 04, 2015 $93,000
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Aug 22, 2016 $93,000
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Oct 05, 2015 $93,000
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Apr 01, 2015 $93,000
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Feb 03, 2015 $93,000
Associate Systems Engineer Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Mar 03, 2015 $93,000
Associate Engineer, Interior Systems Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 17, 2016 $76,274
Associate Systems Engineer Amadeus North America, Inc. Miami, FL Mar 10, 2015 $75,213
Associate Systems Engineer Arista Networks, Inc. Reston, VA Sep 01, 2015 $75,000
Associate Systems Engineer Nexteer Automotive Saginaw, MI Sep 06, 2016 $75,000
Associate Systems Engineer Nexteer Automotive Saginaw, MI Jun 09, 2016 $75,000
Associate Systems Engineer Autozone, Inc. Memphis, TN Jul 09, 2016 $74,549
Associate Power System Engineer RLC Engineering, LLC Hallowell, ME Sep 24, 2016 $74,235 -
$75,100
Associate System Engineer IBM India Private Limited Newark, NJ Jan 07, 2016 $73,923

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Top Skills for An Associate Systems Engineer

DatabaseHardwareWindowsServerWebApplicationsCustomerServicePl/SqlUnixInfrastructureRemoteSetupPCTestCasesMainframeActiveDirectoryStorageModuleTroubleshootLinuxSQLServerCobol

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Top Associate Systems Engineer Skills

  1. Database
  2. Hardware
  3. Windows Server
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed third party applications for database monitoring.
  • Generated capacity plans, created hardware configuration standards and wrote procedural documentation.
  • Install and basic configure for RHE4&5, Windows server 2003, 2008, 2012r2 and Win7.
  • Designed and developed numerous computer software web applications for the client.
  • Initiated culture of shared goals and customer service metrics.

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