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Working As A Field System 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

  • $97,020

    Average Salary

What Does A Field System 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 Field System 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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Field System Engineer Career Paths

Field System Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Consultant Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Adjunct Instructor Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Project Manager Senior Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Senior Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Network Manager 3.9 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
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Top Employers After
Consultant 3.4%
Manager 3.1%

Field System Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

89.4%

Female

9.5%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

77.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Portuguese

6.3%

Filipino

6.3%

Vietnamese

6.3%

Japanese

6.3%

Carrier

6.3%

Cheyenne

6.3%

Tagalog

6.3%

Korean

6.3%
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Field System Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.8%

Strayer University

8.2%

University of Maryland - University College

6.6%

George Washington University

6.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

6.6%

Arizona State University

4.9%

Northeastern University

4.9%

Colorado Technical University

4.9%

Bellevue University

4.9%

Auburn University

4.9%

Western Michigan University

4.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.3%

Trident University International

3.3%

Hawaii Pacific University

3.3%

Hudson County Community College

3.3%

Saginaw Valley State University

3.3%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

Drexel University

3.3%

Boston College

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.5%

Electrical Engineering

13.6%

Information Technology

12.0%

Business

9.9%

Computer Information Systems

7.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.8%

Computer Networking

5.0%

Information Systems

4.1%

Project Management

2.9%

Communication

2.9%

Systems Engineering

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Computer Technical Support

2.1%

General Studies

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Computer Programming

1.7%

Management

1.7%

Management Information Systems

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.0%

Other

21.8%

Masters

17.3%

Associate

12.7%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

3.3%

Doctorate

1.2%
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Real Field System Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Consulting Field Systems Engineer Ciena Corporation Middletown, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $130,000
Consulting Field Systems Engineer Ciena Corporation Middletown, NJ Nov 05, 2014 $130,000
Manager Field Systems Engineer F5 Networks, Inc. Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2010 $126,796 -
$190,194
Consulting Regional Field Systems Engineer Ciena Corporation Dallas, TX Jun 01, 2014 $116,613
Field Systems Engineer F5 Networks, Inc. Lowell, MA Jan 18, 2016 $110,424 -
$154,656
Field Systems Engineer F5 Networks, Inc. Washington, DC Mar 10, 2016 $110,219 -
$145,219
Consulting Field Systems Engineer Ciena Corporation Middletown, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $110,000
Field Engineer-Computer Control Systems TM GE Automation Systems International LLC Roanoke, VA Sep 28, 2011 $106,461
Field Engineer-Computer Control Systems TM GE Automation Systems International LLC Roanoke, VA Oct 01, 2010 $104,496
Consulting Regional Field Systems Engineer Ciena Corporation Richardson, TX Feb 04, 2016 $99,299
Field Systems Engineer F5 Networks, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jul 07, 2014 $95,500 -
$166,500
Field Engineer-Computer Control Systems Tmeic International Corporation Roanoke, VA Oct 01, 2015 $93,892
RF Field System Engineer Aereo, Inc. New York, NY May 20, 2013 $92,500
Field Engineer-Computer Control Systems Tmeic International Corporation Roanoke, VA Oct 01, 2012 $88,131
Field Engineer-Computer Control Systems TM GE Automation Systems International LLC Roanoke, VA Sep 09, 2011 $88,131
Field Engineer-Computer Control Systems TM GE Automation Systems International LLC Roanoke, VA Oct 02, 2010 $85,564
Field Engineer-Crane Systems Tmeic Corporation Roanoke, VA Jan 05, 2015 $83,138
System Field Engineer Blue Telcom, Inc. Richardson, TX Sep 30, 2012 $80,000
Systems Engineer/Field Engineer Accelera Solutions, Inc. Fairfax, VA Oct 01, 2011 $78,780
Field Systems Engineer Sun Valley Tech Solutions, Inc. VA Jan 18, 2013 $70,491 -
$75,000
Field Engineer-Control and Drive Systems Tmeic Corporation Roanoke, VA Jun 26, 2015 $69,971 -
$92,635
Field Systems Engineer Pitney Bowes Inc. West Allis, WI May 05, 2010 $65,603 -
$66,399
Systems Field Engineer Emerson Electric Co. Watertown, CT Oct 01, 2010 $65,104
Converged Tech. Field Engineer/Computer Systems Mitel (Delaware), Inc. New Providence, NJ Oct 29, 2010 $64,876

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Top Skills for A Field System Engineer

NetworkHardwareWindowsServerRemoteLocationsTechnicalSupportRoutersTroubleshootPCSQLServerBackupExecSetupVmwareSANCustomerSatisfactionLinuxUnixDomainEmailSymantecDesktopsWindowsXP

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Top Field System Engineer Skills

  1. Network Hardware
  2. Windows Server
  3. Remote Locations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used testing equipment to test, trace, and diagnose issues with phone lines, network wiring, and network hardware.
  • Completed Windows Server Update Services, which reduced patch installation times and related issues.
  • Operated from remote locations to assist customers over the phone and email with troubleshooting and repair of computer information systems.
  • Provided technical support to Sales team and Network Engineering to ensure timely installations.
  • Maintained complete inventory of computers, printers, routers, and other IT related equipment.

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