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Become A Digital Systems Engineer

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Working As A Digital 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

  • $98,114

    Average Salary

What Does A Digital 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 Digital 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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Digital Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.3%

Female

12.6%

Unknown

4.2%
Ethnicity

White

53.9%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Asian

14.2%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

4.4%
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Languages Spoken

German

20.0%

Hawaiian

20.0%

French

20.0%

Chinese

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%
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Digital Systems Engineer Education

Schools

Central Texas College

9.8%

University of Phoenix

7.8%

American InterContinental University

7.8%

Arizona State University

5.9%

State University of New York College at Brockport

5.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.9%

Texas A&M University - Central Texas

5.9%

Syracuse University

3.9%

Rice University

3.9%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.9%

Franklin University

3.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.9%

Tarleton State University

3.9%

Towson University

3.9%

Colorado Technical University

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

Hawaii Pacific University

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%

Cornell University

3.9%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

27.1%

Computer Science

12.5%

Business

9.7%

Computer Information Systems

7.6%

Computer Networking

6.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.3%

Computer Engineering

5.6%

Information Technology

4.9%

Computer Systems Security

2.8%

Photography

2.1%

Graphic Design

2.1%

Drafting And Design

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Music

1.4%

Management Information Systems

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Fine Arts

1.4%

Journalism

1.4%

Digital Media

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.1%

Masters

26.1%

Other

12.8%

Associate

8.3%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real Digital Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Digital Platform Engineer Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company Boston, MA Apr 20, 2015 $150,000
Digital Media Engineer HULU, LLC Los Angeles, CA Oct 12, 2012 $150,000
Digital Media Engineer HULU, LLC Santa Monica, CA Mar 25, 2013 $150,000
Cloudops Engineer, Healthsuite Digital Platform Philips Electronics North America Corporation Cambridge, MA Feb 29, 2016 $140,000
Digital Engineer Target Corporate Services, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 14, 2015 $138,403 -
$172,000
Senior Digital Systems Engineer Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 28, 2011 $130,267
Senior Digital Systems Engineer Atheros Communications, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 14, 2010 $130,267
Engineer Digital Target Enterprise, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 23, 2015 $120,349 -
$130,000
Digital Platform Engineer Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company Boston, MA Apr 20, 2015 $118,680 -
$160,680
Digital Engineer Contec, LLC Schenectady, NY Sep 01, 2010 $115,000
Digital Engineer Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc. Richfield, MN Jan 08, 2016 $108,099
Digital Engineer Best Buy Co., Inc. Richfield, MN Jun 13, 2016 $108,099
Digital Engineer GSW Worldwide Westerville, OH Oct 01, 2010 $100,000
Digital Experience Engineer The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. Manhattan Beach, CA Sep 15, 2015 $100,000 -
$120,000
Engineer-Digital Target Enterprise, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 08, 2016 $98,342 -
$124,100
Digital Engineer Target Enterprise, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Dec 27, 2015 $97,885 -
$144,000
Engineer-Digital Target Enterprise, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Dec 27, 2015 $97,885 -
$120,800
Digital Engineer Target Enterprise, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Dec 21, 2015 $97,885 -
$144,800
Engineer, Digital Target Enterprise, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Feb 29, 2016 $97,885 -
$115,000
Digital Media Engineer HULU, LLC Los Angeles, CA Oct 12, 2009 $90,000
Digital Cinema Engineer Masterimage 3D Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 15, 2013 $87,000
Digital Cinema Engineer Masterimage 3D LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 15, 2013 $87,000
Digital Engineer Target Enterprise, Inc. Brooklyn Park, MN Dec 27, 2015 $82,826 -
$124,000
Digital Engineer Target Enterprise, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Sep 11, 2015 $82,826 -
$124,000
Digital Engineer Target Enterprise, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Dec 15, 2015 $82,826 -
$124,100

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Top Skills for A Digital Systems Engineer

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  1. Technical Support
  2. Configure Abcs
  3. Video
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  • Key leader assisting technical support department in troubleshooting Canon color products, in customer site to ensure complete customer satisfaction.
  • Provide technical support to Central Technical Support Facility-TD; configure ABCS systems and the communications network systems based on established architecture.
  • Provided clients with quality encoded video streams for most major studios distributing Video on Demand, Blu-ray, and DVD.
  • Provided digital systems tailored to the requirements of commanders to plan and execute training program (Battle Focus Training).
  • Provided training to military leaders and operators.

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