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Working As A Communications Systems Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $112,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Communications Systems Engineer Do

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Network architects must have extensive knowledge of an organization’s business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals.

Duties

Computer network architects typically do the following:

  • Create plans and layouts for data communication networks
  • Present plans to management and explain why they are in the organization’s best interest to pursue them
  • Consider information security when designing networks
  • Upgrade hardware, such as routers or adaptors, and software, such as network drivers, as needed to support computer networks
  • Research new networking technologies to determine what would best support their organization in the future

Computer network architects, or network engineers, often work with their organization’s chief technology officer (CTO) to predict where the organization will most need new networks. They spend most of their time planning these new networks. Some computer network architects work with engineers such as computer hardware engineers who help build the network a network architect has designed. Network architects are often experienced staff and have 5 to 10 years of experience working in network administration or with other information technology (IT) systems.

Computer network architects also create models to predict future network needs by analyzing current data traffic and estimating how growth will affect the network. They also keep up to date on new hardware and software technology and test how it can improve network performance. In addition, computer network architects have to keep security in mind and when network vulnerabilities arise, implement security patches or other countermeasures.

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How To Become A Communications Systems Engineer

Most computer network architects have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field and experience in a related occupation, such as network and computer systems administrators.

Education

Computer network architects usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, engineering, or a related field. Degree programs in a computer-related field give network architects hands-on laboratory work in classes such as network security or database design. These programs prepare network architects to be able to work with the wide array of technologies used in networks.

Employers of network architects sometimes prefer applicants to have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. MBA programs generally require 2 years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Network architects generally need to have at least 5 to 10 years of experience working with information technology (IT) systems. They often have experience as a network and computer system administrator but also may come from other computer-related occupations such as database administrator or computer systems analyst.

Certification

Certification programs are generally offered by product vendors or software firms. Vendor-specific certification verifies a set of skills to ensure network architects are able to work in specific networking environments. Companies may require their network architects to be certified in the products they use.

Advancement

Some network architects advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer network architects have to examine data networks and decide how to best connect the networks based on the needs and resources of the organization.

Detail oriented. Computer network architects create comprehensive plans of the networks they are creating with precise information describing how the network parts will work together.

Interpersonal skills. These workers must be able to work with different types of employees to successfully design and implement computer and information networks.

Leadership skills. Many computer network architects direct teams of engineers who build the networks they have designed, such as computer hardware engineers.

Organizational skills. Computer network architects who work for large firms must coordinate many different types of communication networks and make sure they work well together.

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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Communications Systems Engineer
Engineer 4.4%
Internship 2.9%
Top Careers After Communications Systems Engineer
Engineer 3.6%
Consultant 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$112,000
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$81,000
Min 10%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Median 50%
$155,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Fluor
Highest Paying City
Los Gatos, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Communications Systems Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Communications Systems Engineer in the United States is $112,749 per year or $54 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $81,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $155,000.

Real Communications Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 05, 2015 $150,000 -
$216,700
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 20, 2015 $150,000 -
$216,700
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications North America Santa Clara, CA Apr 18, 2015 $145,392 -
$187,956
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 18, 2015 $131,000 -
$175,400
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 28, 2015 $131,000 -
$175,400
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 06, 2015 $131,000 -
$175,400
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 09, 2016 $130,562 -
$175,200
Communication Systems Engineer Litepoint Corporation, A Teradyne Company Sunnyvale, CA Sep 19, 2014 $129,347
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 01, 2016 $125,965 -
$175,400
System Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications North America Santa Clara, CA Jul 18, 2015 $125,965 -
$152,800
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 01, 2016 $125,965 -
$175,400
Principal Communications Systems Engineer Maxlinear, Inc. San Diego, CA May 12, 2014 $125,350
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications North America Santa Clara, CA Apr 18, 2014 $124,030 -
$187,956
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications North America Santa Clara, CA Apr 01, 2014 $124,030 -
$187,956
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications North America Santa Clara, CA Sep 15, 2016 $111,926 -
$129,500
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 11, 2015 $110,448 -
$175,400
Communication Systems Engineer Litepoint Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Sep 19, 2011 $109,180
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 05, 2016 $108,992 -
$145,300
Cisco Unified Communications Systems Engineer AOS, LLC Fenton, MO Mar 11, 2016 $108,150
Staff Communications Systems Engineer Maxlinear, Inc. Carlsbad, CA May 12, 2014 $107,668
Wireless Communication Systems Engineer Silvus Technologies, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 25, 2016 $106,000
Communications Systems Engineer Entropic Communications, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 30, 2012 $105,000
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications North America Hillsboro, OR Jul 18, 2014 $94,302 -
$129,500
Senior Communication Systems Engineer Staccato Communications, Inc. San Diego, CA Nov 15, 2009 $94,056
Communication Systems Engineer Avnera Corporation Beaverton, OR Oct 31, 2011 $93,850 -
$120,000
Principal RF Communication Systems Engineer Microchip Technology, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 05, 2014 $93,600 -
$140,600
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications North America Austin, TX Apr 10, 2015 $93,540 -
$129,500
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications North America Austin, TX Jun 01, 2015 $93,540 -
$129,500

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Top Skills for A Communications Systems Engineer

  1. Communications Systems
  2. Architecture
  3. Link Budget Analysis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed US Army standard communications systems designs and general electrical designs in accordance with government and military standards.
  • Performed analysis and research for identification of subsystem architecture and design solutions compliant with all applicable customer and company requirements.
  • Assisted in analysis/preparation of customer requirements, hardware and system specifications, electrical schematics, cable harness drawings and test procedures.
  • Performed Black/Red side network configurations including TCP/IP configurations to COMSEC encryption devices and networking equipment.
  • Expanded VOIP system and installed additional components in alignment with budgetary constraints.

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Top 10 Best States for Communications Systems Engineers

  1. New Hampshire
  2. California
  3. Washington
  4. Virginia
  5. Colorado
  6. Maryland
  7. Massachusetts
  8. New Jersey
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Communications Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.8%

Female

13.6%

Unknown

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

52.6%

Asian

15.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

5.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

Chinese

10.7%

Hindi

10.7%

Telugu

7.1%

German

7.1%

French

7.1%

Mandarin

7.1%

Carrier

7.1%

Russian

7.1%

Swedish

3.6%

Portuguese

3.6%
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Communications Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.4%

University of Southern California

8.0%

George Washington University

8.0%

University of Maryland - University College

6.4%

Strayer University

6.4%

Pennsylvania State University

6.4%

Southern Methodist University

5.6%

Johns Hopkins University

5.6%

Community College of the Air Force

4.8%

Villanova University

4.8%

Colorado Technical University

4.8%

San Jose State University

4.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.0%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.0%

University of Florida

3.2%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.2%

Purdue University

3.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.4%

Arizona State University

2.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

35.5%

Business

10.1%

Computer Science

6.2%

Computer Information Systems

5.6%

Engineering

5.6%

Computer Networking

4.8%

Project Management

3.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.4%

Computer Engineering

3.4%

Information Technology

2.8%

Finance

2.8%

Communication

2.8%

Systems Engineering

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Aerospace Engineering

2.0%

Management

1.4%

Health Care Administration

1.4%

Physics

1.4%

Information Systems

1.4%

Engineering Technology

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

38.3%

Bachelors

30.4%

Other

15.1%

Doctorate

7.0%

Associate

4.4%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

1.6%
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