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Working As A Computer Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer Engineer Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Computer Engineer

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Computer Engineer Career Paths

Computer Engineer
Software Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Service Desk Analyst Service Desk Supervisor
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Help Desk Analyst Service Desk Analyst
Incident Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Computer Analyst 3.4 years
Computer Engineer 3.0 years
Computer Networker 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Computer Engineer
Internship 7.3%
Engineer 3.7%
Programmer 3.1%
Top Careers After Computer Engineer
Consultant 4.8%
Engineer 4.3%
Manager 3.7%
Internship 3.3%
Owner 3.2%

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Computer Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.7%

Unknown

15.1%

Female

13.2%
Ethnicity

White

51.2%

Asian

16.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

6.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.3%

French

15.2%

Chinese

10.1%

Arabic

10.1%

Mandarin

7.6%

Russian

5.1%

Italian

3.8%

Bulgarian

2.5%

Carrier

2.5%

German

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Persian

2.5%

Swahili

1.3%

Turkish

1.3%

Luganda

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Ukrainian

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Kazakh

1.3%

Venetian

1.3%
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Computer Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.4%

University of Central Florida

7.5%

Purdue University

6.0%

West Virginia University

5.0%

George Mason University

5.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.5%

Strayer University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

University of Arizona

4.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

University of Houston

4.0%

Johns Hopkins University

4.0%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

4.0%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Engineering

28.7%

Computer Science

20.1%

Electrical Engineering

15.5%

Business

6.1%

Information Technology

4.7%

Engineering

3.2%

Computer Networking

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Information Systems

1.5%

Mathematics

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.4%

Project Management

1.1%

Finance

1.1%

Systems Engineering

1.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.1%

Management

1.0%

Computer Systems Security

1.0%

Computer Technical Support

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.1%

Masters

26.1%

Other

16.1%

Associate

7.2%

Doctorate

4.2%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

2.3%

License

0.1%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Computer Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Computer Engineer in the United States is $80,027 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $58,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $110,000.

Real Computer Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Computer Vision Engineer Tangible Play Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 27, 2016 $157,477
Computer Vision Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jul 11, 2016 $156,000
Computer Engineer Plangrid, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 30, 2015 $156,000
Computer Vision Engineer Tangible Play, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 18, 2015 $152,776
Computer Vision Engineer Prism Skylabs San Francisco, CA May 06, 2015 $150,000
Computer Vision Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 26, 2015 $150,000
Computer Vision Engineer Pro Unlimited, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Jun 09, 2016 $145,600
Openxt Advising Computer Engineer Assured Information Security, Inc. Burlington, MA Apr 09, 2016 $140,000
Computer Vision Engineer Polycom, Inc. Burlington, MA Sep 15, 2016 $140,000 -
$160,000
Comp SYS Engineers (Advisory Solutions Principal) EMC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Sep 14, 2016 $138,600 -
$187,600
Computer Vision Engineer Progyny, Inc. New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $135,000
Computer Vision Engineer Progyny, Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2016 $135,000
Computer Vision Engineer IOWN, LLC New York, NY Jun 14, 2016 $134,909
Scientific Computing Engineer IV Dart Neuroscience, LLC San Diego, CA Jul 19, 2016 $134,750
Computer Vision Engineer Second Spectrum, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 24, 2015 $99,798
Computer Vision Engineer Occipital, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 07, 2016 $98,866 -
$107,000
Staff ENG. Soft/Comp. Engineering Automated Logic Corporation Kennesaw, GA Aug 04, 2015 $98,821 -
$107,000
Computer Engineer Tentmaker Systems Consulting Group Milpitas, CA Aug 22, 2015 $98,488
Computer Engineer Innovative Electronics Group Pittsburgh, PA Mar 18, 2016 $97,594
Computational Fluid Dynamics Engineer Hanbon-Mi II, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Aug 18, 2015 $97,108
Lead Computer Vision Engineer Hivemapper, Inc. Burlingame, CA Aug 18, 2016 $96,866
Computer Aided Engineer Applied Materials, Inc. Gloucester, MA Jun 19, 2015 $96,616 -
$116,600
Computer Engineer Plangrid, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 20, 2016 $80,000 -
$156,000
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Engineer Deere & Company Dubuque, IA Sep 14, 2016 $80,000 -
$90,000
Computer Engineer/Architect II Pivotal Dimension, Inc. Burlington, MA Jun 09, 2016 $80,000 -
$110,000
Computer Engineer Agreeya Mobility Inc. Frisco, TX Sep 05, 2015 $80,000
Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI May 18, 2015 $79,766 -
$109,740
Computer Engineer Data Physics Corporation San Jose, CA Sep 16, 2016 $78,739

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Top Skills for A Computer Engineer

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Windows XP
  3. PC
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  • Analyze problems to develop solutions involving computer hardware and software.
  • Contracted to work for Hewlett Packard and State Farm to do restoration and migration of Windows XP and 2000.
  • Assisted users of IBM mainframe/VAX Cluster/PCs with computing needs in manufacturing environment covering hardware/software issues.
  • Key Achievements included: * Successfully managed and completed numerous projects simultaneously and within high-pressure situations, ensuring outstanding customer service.
  • Implemented corporate standard desktop based on management specifications.

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