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Working As A Data Center 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

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Center 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 Data Center 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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Data Center Engineer Career Paths

Data Center Engineer
Data Center Manager Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Data Center Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Data Center Manager Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Owner Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Senior Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Technical Team Lead Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Team Manager Technical Support Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Technical Team Lead Senior Technical Architect
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Network Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Network Engineer Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager Director, Technical Operations
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Server Engineer 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Data Center Engineer
Technician 4.1%
Engineer 3.8%
Consultant 2.8%
Top Careers After Data Center Engineer
Engineer 6.6%
Consultant 3.9%
Analyst 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
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$65,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Data Center Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Data Center Engineer in the United States is $89,684 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $121,000.

Real Data Center Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Data Center Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 21, 2014 $130,000
Data Center Operation Technical Engineer Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 22, 2016 $130,000
Data Center Facility Operations Electrical Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 08, 2016 $125,000
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Jun 10, 2015 $124,500
Data Center Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 21, 2011 $122,500
Data Center Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 13, 2011 $120,000
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Oct 10, 2011 $115,000
Data Center Engineer III Belcan Services Group Ltd. Partnership I Greer, SC Jul 25, 2016 $114,430
Data Center Engineer III Belcan Services Group Ltd. Partnership I Greer, SC Jul 26, 2016 $114,430
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Oct 03, 2014 $113,116
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Feb 09, 2012 $110,000
Contact Center Engineer Accenture LLP Gold River, CA Dec 09, 2014 $110,000
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Jul 26, 2010 $100,000
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Nov 28, 2011 $100,000
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Nov 28, 2014 $100,000
Data Center Server and Storage Engineer Verifone, Inc. Clearwater, FL Feb 16, 2016 $98,197 -
$108,463
Data Center Server and Storage Engineer Verifone, Inc. Alpharetta, GA May 29, 2015 $98,000
Data Center Systems Engineer Pubmatic, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 25, 2015 $94,162
Data Center Engineer Judge Technical Services Inc. Mount Laurel, NJ Nov 23, 2015 $93,915
Data Center Network Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Aug 27, 2016 $92,803
Data Center Engineer Ahead, LLC Chicago, IL May 01, 2016 $80,000
Data Center Systems Engineer .02) Pubmatic, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 18, 2013 $76,024 -
$93,205
Data Center Engineer Populus Group North, MN Mar 24, 2014 $75,132
Data Center Engineer Populus Group Saint Paul, MN Mar 24, 2014 $75,132
Data Center Systems Engineer Attensity Americas, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 07, 2013 $74,942 -
$96,034
Data Center Systems Engineer Charles Schwab and Company, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 19, 2015 $74,755 -
$107,900
Network and Data Center Systems Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Jul 23, 2015 $74,260
Data Center Systems Engineer III University of Texas-Pan American Edinburg, TX Dec 01, 2010 $73,116

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Top Skills for A Data Center Engineer

  1. Windows XP
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Fiber Optic
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Project managed Windows 98 and Windows 2000 desktop and laptop systems to uniformed Windows XP environment.
  • Maintained proper Data Center infrastructure including cable management and rack placement.
  • Network Technician responsible for installation and maintenance of fiber optic and copper cabling under raised floor environments.
  • Provide escalation and resolution of VMware infrastructure connected events for multiple operations teams.
  • Delivered administration, troubleshooting and support services for large data center within a high security environment.

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  2. Maryland
  3. Virginia
  4. Connecticut
  5. Washington
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Rhode Island
  8. New Hampshire
  9. New Jersey
  10. Texas
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Data Center Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

85.8%

Unknown

7.7%

Female

6.5%
Ethnicity

White

56.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

11.1%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.2%

Carrier

18.4%

French

7.9%

Russian

7.9%

Portuguese

5.3%

Mandarin

5.3%

Italian

5.3%

Chinese

2.6%

Persian

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

Cheyenne

2.6%

Serbian

2.6%

Croatian

2.6%
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Data Center Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.4%

George Mason University

8.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

8.0%

San Jose State University

6.6%

Strayer University

5.8%

More Tech Institute

5.1%

New York University

3.6%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.6%

Northern Illinois University

3.6%

Drexel University

3.6%

National University

2.9%

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

2.9%

University of North Texas

2.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

2.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

San Jose City College

2.9%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

2.9%

Pennsylvania State University

2.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.4%

Business

12.9%

Electrical Engineering

11.2%

Information Technology

10.7%

Computer Information Systems

9.5%

Computer Networking

7.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.1%

Information Systems

2.8%

Management

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Project Management

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Engineering

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

1.9%

General Studies

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.6%

Other

22.6%

Associate

15.0%

Masters

12.4%

Certificate

4.3%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.1%
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