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Working As An Information 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

  • $119,577

    Average Salary

What Does An Information 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 An Information 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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Information Systems Engineer Career Paths

Information Systems Engineer
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer 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 Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer 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 Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Adjunct Instructor Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Program Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Systems Manager 4.2 years
Network Manager 3.9 years
Service Engineer 3.4 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Support 3.1 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 2.7 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Desktop Engineer 2.6 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Security Engineer 2.3 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 4.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.6%
Engineer 2.8%

Information Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.0%

Female

19.5%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

75.8%

Asian

11.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Unknown

2.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.9%

Arabic

11.1%

Portuguese

5.6%

German

5.6%

Cantonese

5.6%

Japanese

5.6%

French

5.6%

Russian

5.6%

Persian

5.6%

Gothic

5.6%

Mandarin

5.6%
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Information Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.3%

University of Maryland - University College

10.2%

Pennsylvania State University

10.2%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

5.1%

George Mason University

5.1%

Arizona State University

4.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.1%

Villanova University

4.1%

Wayne State University

4.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.1%

American InterContinental University

4.1%

Syracuse University

3.1%

Bowie State University

3.1%

Boston University

3.1%

New York University

3.1%

Harvard University

3.1%

Drexel University

3.1%

Northeastern University

3.1%

Strayer University

3.1%

Regis University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

17.6%

Computer Science

14.0%

Computer Information Systems

10.9%

Information Technology

10.6%

Electrical Engineering

8.5%

Management Information Systems

5.2%

Information Systems

4.9%

Management

3.3%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Project Management

2.4%

Systems Engineering

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.8%

Management Science

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

Finance

1.5%

Supply Chain Management

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.1%

Masters

30.3%

Other

16.3%

Associate

6.5%

Doctorate

4.5%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.3%
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Real Information Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 14, 2016 $157,590 -
$191,000
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 31, 2013 $157,482 -
$177,482
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 08, 2015 $155,000 -
$183,500
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 12, 2014 $153,000 -
$183,000
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 31, 2014 $153,000 -
$183,000
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 14, 2015 $152,776 -
$187,200
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 04, 2015 $152,776 -
$157,776
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 30, 2016 $152,776 -
$187,200
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 18, 2015 $152,776 -
$155,400
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 12, 2015 $152,776 -
$187,200
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 28, 2015 $152,776 -
$153,400
Information Systems Engineer 5 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 26, 2014 $152,000 -
$172,000
Information Systems Engineer (Enterprise Systems) Safeway Inc. Pleasanton, CA May 18, 2015 $151,187
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 02, 2015 $143,000 -
$163,000
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 11, 2016 $125,000 -
$148,400
Information Systems Engineer NVT LLC Belmont, CA Mar 23, 2015 $125,000
Information Systems Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 01, 2014 $123,971 -
$143,971
Information Systems Engineer Servicenow, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 03, 2014 $122,762 -
$162,500
Information Systems Engineer Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 17, 2015 $121,000
Computer Information Systems Engineer Kabbalah Centre International, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 10, 2016 $120,702
Information Systems Engineer TIVA Systems, Inc. Plano, TX Nov 18, 2013 $98,000
Information Systems Engineer 3 Mitchell International Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 15, 2015 $97,561
Information Systems Engineer Aruba Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 06, 2013 $96,000
Information Systems Engineer Netapp, Inc. Durham, NC Jan 04, 2016 $95,000 -
$105,000
Software Engineer/Information System Engineer Softential, Inc. Herndon, VA May 30, 2014 $95,000
Computer and Information Systems Engineer Mazik Global, Inc. Park Ridge, IL Aug 28, 2015 $95,000
Computer and Information Systems Engineer Mazik Global Inc. Park Ridge, IL Aug 30, 2014 $95,000
Software Engineer/Information System Engineer Softential, Inc. Herndon, VA Aug 15, 2014 $95,000

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Top Skills for An Information Systems Engineer

HardwareWindowsServerDatabaseNetworkInfrastructureWebInformationSystemsActiveDirectorySQLServerDisaComplianceWindowsNewTechnologiesBackupStorageArchitectureAssuranceLinuxUnixInternalCustomersVmwareProjectManagement

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Top Information Systems Engineer Skills

  1. Hardware
  2. Windows Server
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform in house hardware installation, support, repair and upgrades of Dell, HP and IBM servers.
  • Provide Microsoft Windows Server and desktop operating system support as well as support for all end user applications and corporate systems.
  • Maintain database systems and implement software modifications, including migrations to new systems.
  • Researched new products and services for network infrastructure improvements.
  • Analyzed business requests, created technical specification, and designed & implemented web applications.

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