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Working As An Infrastructure 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

  • $97,111

    Average Salary

What Does An Infrastructure 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 Infrastructure 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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Infrastructure Engineer Career Paths

Infrastructure Engineer
Storage Administrator Senior Engineer Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Architect Program Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Storage Administrator Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Specialist Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Architect Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Architect Lead Architect Technical Project Manager
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 3.3%
Consultant 3.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.3%
Engineer 4.1%

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Infrastructure Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

87.8%

Female

9.4%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

55.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Asian

13.8%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.8%

Chinese

7.7%

Cheyenne

7.7%

Portuguese

5.1%

Japanese

5.1%

French

5.1%

Carrier

5.1%

Swahili

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

Hawaiian

2.6%

Vietnamese

2.6%

German

2.6%

Korean

2.6%

Gujarati

2.6%

Hindi

2.6%

Mandarin

2.6%

Thai

2.6%

Lingala

2.6%

Tamil

2.6%

Sinhala

2.6%
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Infrastructure Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.3%

Strayer University

10.8%

University of Maryland - University College

5.0%

Capella University

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

Ferris State University

4.2%

Temple University

4.2%

Webster University

4.2%

George Mason University

4.2%

University of Houston

4.2%

Western Governors University

4.2%

Boston University

4.2%

New York University

3.3%

The Chubb Institute-Westbury

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

Texas A&M University - Commerce

3.3%

Georgia State University

3.3%

Nassau Community College

3.3%

University of Connecticut

3.3%

Community College of the Air Force

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.3%

Business

12.0%

Computer Information Systems

11.3%

Information Technology

11.0%

Electrical Engineering

9.2%

Computer Networking

5.8%

Computer Engineering

4.7%

Information Systems

4.1%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Management

2.3%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Computer Systems Security

1.8%

Civil Engineering

1.6%

Project Management

1.5%

Systems Engineering

1.5%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.5%

Communication

1.3%

Engineering

1.2%

Information Sciences

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.2%

Masters

21.2%

Other

18.2%

Associate

10.7%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Real Infrastructure Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Infrastructure Engineer Coatue Management LLC New York, NY Oct 24, 2016 $200,000
API & Infrastructure Engineer Earnest Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 12, 2015 $195,000
Data Infrastructure Engineer Opower, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 10, 2016 $182,263
Analytics Infrastructure Engineer Github, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 25, 2016 $180,000
Maps Data Infrastructure Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 03, 2015 $165,000 -
$183,500
Infrastructure Engineer Asana, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 31, 2015 $165,000
Big Data Infrastructure Engineer Bitcasa, Inc. San Mateo, CA Apr 03, 2015 $160,000
Data Infrastructure Engineer Reddit, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 16, 2016 $155,000
Data Infrastructure Engineer Flurish Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2015 $150,000
Hadoop Infrastructure Engineer Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Feb 23, 2015 $150,000
Infrastructure Engineer Segment.IO, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 15, 2016 $150,000
Data Infrastructure Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 02, 2016 $150,000
Data Infrastructure Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 01, 2016 $150,000
Infrastructure Engineer Github Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 01, 2015 $150,000
Principal Infrastructure Engineer H-3 Technologies, LLC Cary, NC Sep 20, 2016 $110,611
Software and Infrastructure Engineer Slice Technologies, Inc. San Mateo, CA Jan 10, 2016 $110,310
Software Infrastructure Engineer Applied Predictive Technologies Arlington, VA Aug 27, 2016 $110,000
Infrastructure Engineer III, Database Lowe's Companies, Inc. Mooresville, NC Nov 18, 2016 $110,000
Global Wintel and Infrastructure Engineer AIG Technologies, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Sep 20, 2016 $110,000
Infrastructure Engineer .02 Cmptr SYS Engnr Archct) Funding Circle USA Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 30, 2016 $110,000
Software Infrastructure Engineer Applied Predictive Technologies Arlington, VA Aug 27, 2015 $110,000
IT Insfrastructure Engineer III-Unixlin Lowe's Companies, Inc. Mooresville, NC Jun 25, 2016 $94,705
Data Infrastructure Engineer Jump Operations, LLC Chicago, IL Sep 24, 2015 $94,557 -
$130,000
Infrastructure Engineer II Lowe's Companies, Inc. Mooresville, NC Jun 27, 2015 $94,000
Infrastructure Engineer Manager Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Greenwood Village, CO Jun 17, 2015 $93,974
Infrastructure Engineer Manager Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Greenwood Village, CO Jul 01, 2016 $93,974
Infrastructure Engineer III Insurance Services Office, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 29, 2015 $93,900 -
$125,100
IT Infrastructure Engineer Cardinal Health Houston, TX Nov 20, 2015 $93,627

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Top Skills for An Infrastructure Engineer

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  1. Windows XP
  2. Computer
  3. Active Directory
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  • Created USMT (User State Migration Tool) scripts to migrate data from Windows XP to Window 7.
  • Engineer charged with installing, configuring, and troubleshooting various computer systems for optimal productivity and efficiency.
  • Provided Active Directory security storage for user, names and credentials developed restriction policies for administrators and developed administrative GPO objects.
  • Negotiate with server and storage vendors to establish successful integration of equipment into associated systems including the purchase of new equipment.
  • Performed data backups and disaster recovery operations.

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  4. District of Columbia
  5. Washington
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