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Working As A Communications Systems Engineer

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

  • $93,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Communications 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 A Communications 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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Communications Systems Engineer Career Paths

Communications Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior Project Manager
Director, Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director, Technical Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Field Service Technician Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Network Engineer
Senior Network Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Electrical Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Communications Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.1%

Female

14.4%

Unknown

4.6%
Ethnicity

White

72.0%

Asian

12.9%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Unknown

3.5%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Chinese

16.7%

German

8.3%

Carrier

8.3%

Mandarin

8.3%

Portuguese

4.2%

Vietnamese

4.2%

Turkish

4.2%

French

4.2%

Greek

4.2%

Russian

4.2%
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Communications Systems Engineer Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

16.5%

Strayer University

9.7%

George Washington University

7.8%

University of Maryland - University College

5.8%

Pennsylvania State University

5.8%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.8%

Southern Methodist University

4.9%

University of Phoenix

4.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.9%

Villanova University

3.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.9%

Johns Hopkins University

3.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.9%

University of South Florida

2.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.9%

Drexel University

2.9%

Iowa State University

2.9%

Purdue University

2.9%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

2.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

31.5%

Business

11.1%

Computer Science

6.2%

Engineering

5.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.8%

Information Technology

3.8%

Computer Networking

3.8%

Project Management

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Computer Engineering

3.5%

Communication

3.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.8%

Automotive Technology

2.8%

Finance

2.4%

Physics

2.4%

Information Systems

2.1%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Systems Engineering

1.7%

Management

1.7%

Aerospace Engineering

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

31.8%

Bachelors

29.9%

Other

19.8%

Associate

8.7%

Doctorate

5.2%

Certificate

3.8%

Diploma

0.8%
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Real Communications Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 20, 2015 $150,000 -
$216,700
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 05, 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 28, 2015 $131,000 -
$175,400
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 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 01, 2014 $124,030 -
$187,956
Systems Engineer-Communications Intel Mobile Communications North America Santa Clara, CA Jan 22, 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
Staff Communications Systems Engineer Maxlinear, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Jul 19, 2016 $105,000 -
$110,000
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

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Top Communications Systems Engineer Skills

  1. Communications Systems
  2. Hardware
  3. Link
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed System of Systems Architectures and Algorithms for Communications Systems Management.
  • Resolved day to day general PC / Laptop hardware and software issues, including Office 365.
  • Evaluated proprietary satellite communication link budget analysis tool and authored in-depth users' guide which widely used within organization.
  • Develop and perform presentations for customers and/or management - Program Management
  • Performed installations, preventive maintenance inspections, and scheduled maintenance on HF, VHF, UHF, and microwave antenna systems.

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