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Working As An Infrastructure 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

  • $108,360

    Average Salary

What Does An Infrastructure 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 Infrastructure 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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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.4%
Technician 2.0%
Top Employers After
Architect 4.1%

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Infrastructure Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.2%

Female

11.0%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

50.1%

Asian

20.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

French

16.7%

Portuguese

8.3%

Chinese

8.3%

Mandarin

8.3%

Cheyenne

8.3%

Russian

8.3%

Polish

8.3%

Arabic

8.3%
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Infrastructure Systems Engineer Education

Schools

Strayer University

11.9%

University of Phoenix

11.9%

The Academy

9.5%

Johns Hopkins University

7.1%

University of California - San Diego

4.8%

Oregon State University

4.8%

Drexel University

4.8%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.8%

Stanford University

4.8%

University of California - Irvine

4.8%

More Tech Institute

4.8%

Saint Cloud State University

4.8%

Metropolitan State University

4.8%

Central Washington University

2.4%

University of Florida

2.4%

University of San Francisco

2.4%

Clark College

2.4%

Central Texas College

2.4%

Western Governors University

2.4%

University of Richmond

2.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

21.8%

Computer Information Systems

11.3%

Information Technology

11.3%

Business

10.5%

Computer Networking

8.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.8%

Project Management

4.0%

Computer Engineering

4.0%

Management

3.2%

Information Sciences

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Telecommunications Management

2.4%

Information Systems

2.4%

Systems Engineering

1.6%

Sociology

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Public Health

1.6%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Psychology

1.6%

Computer Systems Security

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.4%

Other

21.1%

Masters

19.7%

Associate

9.2%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.3%
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Real Infrastructure Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Ems/Scada Engineer-Critical Infrastructure Syste Power Systems Consultants, Inc. Kirkland, WA Jan 06, 2014 $180,000
Senior Core Infrastructure Systems Engineer Uber Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 26, 2016 $150,000 -
$180,000
Ems/Scada Engineer-Critical Infrastructure Systems Power Systems Consultants, Inc. Kirkland, WA Jun 01, 2016 $147,437
Senior Infrastructure Systems Engineer Talis Consulting Group Mountain View, CA May 10, 2010 $139,829
Senior Infrastructure Systems Engineer Talis Consulting Group Mountain View, CA May 25, 2010 $139,829
Senior Infrastructure Systems Engineer Talis Consulting Group Mountain View, CA Mar 22, 2010 $139,829
Senior Infrastructure Systems Engineer Talis Consulting Group LLC Mountain View, CA Mar 22, 2010 $139,829
Principal Infrastructure Systems Engineer Arrow Electronics, Inc. Melville, NY Apr 10, 2013 $135,000
Infrastructure Systems Engineer MUFG Union Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Sep 07, 2014 $130,900 -
$132,000
Lead Infrastructure Systems Engineer MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Monterey Park, CA Feb 02, 2015 $130,000
Infrastructure System Engineer Union Bank, N.A. Brea, CA Jun 01, 2013 $125,280 -
$183,700
Infrastructure System Engineer Union Bank, N.A. Monterey Park, CA Jun 01, 2013 $124,000 -
$183,700
Systems Infrastructure Engineer Advertising Specialty Institute Trevose, PA Jan 12, 2015 $122,400
IT Infrastructure System Engineer Fenwick and West LLP Mountain View, CA Jul 09, 2012 $120,786
Devop Systems Infrastructure Engineer Advertising Specialty Institute Inc. Trevose, PA May 15, 2015 $120,000
Systems Engineer/Sharepoint Infrastructure Pointbridge Solutions, LLC Chicago, IL Sep 03, 2010 $120,000
Systems Engineer/Sharepoint Infrastructure Pointbridge Solutions, LLC Chicago, IL Sep 13, 2010 $120,000
Systems Infrastructure Engineer Advertising Specialty Institute Trevose, PA Jun 13, 2014 $120,000
Infrastructure Systems Engineer IV-Middleware Standard Insurance Company Portland, OR Jun 06, 2014 $115,000
Infrastructure Systems Engineer IV-Middleware Stancorp Financial Group Portland, OR Jan 14, 2016 $114,754
Infrastructure Systems Engineer IV-Middleware Standard Insurance Company Portland, OR Oct 15, 2016 $114,754
Messaging Infrastructure-Systems Engineer The Gap, Inc. Rocklin, CA May 15, 2015 $104,686 -
$146,000
Lead Infrastructure Systems Engineer Only It Consulting, LLC Livingston, NJ Aug 07, 2014 $99,000
Systems Infrastructure Engineer Daniels Associates Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jul 31, 2015 $96,000
Systems Infrastructure Engineer Daniels Associates, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Apr 14, 2014 $96,000
Infrastructure Engineer III-Large Systems Lowe's Companies, Inc. Mooresville, NC Feb 24, 2015 $95,593
Engineer Infrastructure Systems III Capital IQ, Inc. New York, NY Jul 09, 2014 $95,000 -
$105,000
Systems Infrastructure Engineer Zscaler, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 09, 2016 $91,000
Infrastructure System Engineer Infosoft, Inc. Woonsocket, RI Apr 29, 2016 $90,000
Infrastructure Systems Engineer Asap Solutions Group Columbus, OH Jul 16, 2014 $83,271

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Top Skills for An Infrastructure Systems Engineer

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  1. Windows XP
  2. Infrastructure Services
  3. Vmware
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  • team in developing Windows XP training modules utilized by entire 50+ Global IT Group.
  • Designed, developed, planned and implemented o Core infrastructure services within MS server 2008R2 for Active Directory Service.
  • Designed and administrated server consolidation program through VMware down to 10 key systems.
  • Design, implement and project management Microsoft Active Directory/Exchange infrastructure for 4,000+ users.
  • Monitored & recommended both production & backup data storage utilization when needed.

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