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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

  • $95,000

    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
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Consultant Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Team Leader Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Solutions Architect Network Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Senior Sales Engineer Technical Support Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Senior Network Engineer Information Security Officer
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Solutions Architect Senior Technical Architect
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Field System Engineer
Technician 2.7%
Consultant 2.5%
Top Careers After Field System Engineer
Consultant 3.4%
Manager 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$95,000
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$70,000
Min 10%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$129,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
WPX Energy
Highest Paying City
Rome, NY
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Field System Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Field System Engineer in the United States is $95,401 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $70,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $129,000.

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 TM GE Automation Systems International LLC Roanoke, VA Sep 09, 2011 $88,131
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 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

  1. Customer Service
  2. Hardware Issues
  3. Windows XP
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  • Maintain excellent customer service at all times with all clients, technicians and engineers involved in the project at hand.
  • Assisted with advanced onsite diagnostics/troubleshooting in order to resolve hardware issues on workstations, servers, printers, and UPS systems.
  • Worked with team of other field engineers to upgrade user environment to a Windows XP sp2 operating system.
  • Provided remote technical support to laboratory personnel to rapidly resolve operational issues and minimize dispatch of service engineers
  • Lead strategic migration planning, configuration and troubleshooting initiatives for implementation of Canon Software solutions into end-customer s systems environment.

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  2. Virginia
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Washington
  5. New Hampshire
  6. California
  7. Texas
  8. Connecticut
  9. New Jersey
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Field System Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.9%

Female

8.3%

Unknown

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

8.9%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.3%

Turkish

5.9%

French

5.9%

Greek

5.9%

Hindi

5.9%

Urdu

5.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Nepali

2.9%

Filipino

2.9%

Vietnamese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Romanian

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%

Tagalog

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Russian

2.9%
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Field System Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.1%

Community College of the Air Force

8.1%

Northeastern University

7.1%

Strayer University

7.1%

University of Maryland - University College

5.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.1%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

5.1%

Illinois State University

4.0%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.0%

Drexel University

4.0%

A-Technical College

4.0%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

4.0%

American InterContinental University

4.0%

Regis University

4.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.0%

George Mason University

4.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Saint Edward's University

3.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.0%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

17.5%

Computer Science

12.7%

Information Technology

11.0%

Business

9.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.3%

Computer Information Systems

7.3%

Computer Networking

6.5%

Mechanical Engineering

4.3%

Management

2.6%

Project Management

2.6%

Information Systems

2.6%

Communication

2.4%

Computer Systems Security

2.2%

Engineering

1.9%

General Studies

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Computer Programming

1.5%

Aviation

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Mathematics

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.4%

Other

23.3%

Masters

14.8%

Associate

14.0%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.9%
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