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Working As A Computer Systems 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

  • $70,741

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems Engineer Career Paths

Computer Systems Engineer
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Manager Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Specialist Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Specialist 4.1 years
Computer Engineer 3.1 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Computer Systems Engineer
Consultant 4.7%
Programmer 3.5%
Top Careers After Computer Systems Engineer
Consultant 6.1%

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Computer Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.8%

Female

14.9%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

56.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Asian

13.1%

Black or African American

11.2%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

14.3%

Carrier

14.3%

Spanish

14.3%

Swedish

7.1%

Kurdish

7.1%

Dutch

7.1%

Japanese

7.1%

Cheyenne

7.1%

Polish

7.1%

Korean

7.1%

Arabic

7.1%
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Computer Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.9%

Strayer University

7.4%

Western Michigan University

6.4%

Community College of the Air Force

6.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

5.3%

Colorado Technical University

5.3%

Texas A&M University

5.3%

Eastern Michigan University

4.3%

Troy University

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

National University

4.3%

Wayne State University

4.3%

George Mason University

4.3%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.3%

ITT Technical Institute-Strongsville

3.2%

George Washington University

3.2%

San Jose State University

3.2%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.2%

Southern Methodist University

3.2%

Texas Tech University

3.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.1%

Electrical Engineering

13.5%

Business

13.2%

Computer Information Systems

9.0%

Information Technology

6.6%

Computer Engineering

5.0%

Computer Networking

4.7%

Information Systems

4.2%

Management

2.9%

Systems Engineering

2.9%

Management Information Systems

2.6%

Education

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Computer Systems Security

1.8%

Computer Programming

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%

Computer Applications

1.6%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.6%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.9%

Masters

25.9%

Other

15.6%

Associate

8.6%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

3.0%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Computer Systems Engineer EGEN Solutions, Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Oct 31, 2016 $197,600
Lead Computer Systems Engineer/Architect. Asia TV USA New York, NY Mar 03, 2015 $196,000
Computer Systems Engineer Agilone, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 14, 2016 $190,000
Computer Systems Engineer IV Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Merced, CA Aug 21, 2016 $167,856
Computer Systems Engineer Level Labs LP (DBA Unshackled) Palo Alto, CA Aug 31, 2016 $164,382
Computer System Engineer/Architect (Technical Architect) Brandentity, LLC Englewood, NJ Apr 10, 2015 $160,000
Computer Systems/Datapower Engineer Software Guidance & Assistance, Inc. Irving, TX Nov 14, 2016 $159,781
Computer Systems Engineers/Architects Computer Task Group, Inc. Lincolnshire, IL Jan 17, 2016 $156,525
Computer Systems Engineer Agilone, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 08, 2015 $150,000
Computer Systems Engineer Asset Inventories, Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2016 $150,000
Computer Systems Engineer Ngcodec Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 02, 2015 $148,803
Computer Systems Engineer Eteam Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 16, 2016 $146,090
Computer Systems Engineer/Architect Computer Task Group, Inc. Lincolnshire, IL Jan 17, 2016 $146,090
Computer Systems Engineer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Bakersfield, CA Aug 04, 2015 $74,964
Computer Systems Engineer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Hartford, CT Sep 28, 2015 $74,952
Computer Systems Engineer Hermes Microvision, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 06, 2015 $74,950
Computer Systems Engineer Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Waukesha, WI Apr 30, 2015 $74,942
Computer Systems Engineer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited New York, NY Sep 28, 2015 $74,880
Computer System Engineer Larsen and Toubro Infotech Limited Houston, TX Jan 09, 2016 $74,856
Computer Systems Engineer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Hartford, CT Sep 28, 2015 $74,844
Computer Systems Engineer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited San Jose, CA Oct 13, 2016 $74,844
Computer Systems Engineer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Glendale, WI Sep 25, 2015 $68,556
Computer Systems Engineer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Houston, TX Apr 20, 2015 $68,556
Computer Systems Engineer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Atlanta, GA Mar 25, 2015 $68,556
Computer System Engineer Larsen and Toubro Infotech Limited Hartford, CT Jan 09, 2016 $68,544
Computer Systems Engineer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $68,532
Computer Systems Engineer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Amelia, OH Aug 25, 2015 $68,532
Computer Systems Engineer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Concord, CA Sep 04, 2015 $68,520
Computer Systems Engineer Tata Consultancy Services Limited Saint Louis, MO Jun 10, 2015 $68,500

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