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Working As A Junior 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

  • $67,413

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior 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 A Junior 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 Specialist 4.2 years
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Systems Support 3.1 years
Computer Engineer 3.0 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 2.7 years
Desktop Engineer 2.6 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Help Desk Engineer 1.8 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 5.2%
Technician 3.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.4%
Internship 2.2%

Junior Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.5%

Female

20.8%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

69.1%

Asian

15.0%

Hispanic or Latino

9.6%

Unknown

5.7%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Japanese

33.3%

Russian

16.7%

Spanish

16.7%

Chinese

16.7%

Malay

16.7%
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Junior Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.4%

University of Maryland - University College

8.3%

Arizona State University

6.3%

Bowie State University

6.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.3%

Syracuse University

4.2%

George Washington University

4.2%

Bunker Hill Community College

4.2%

University of Washington

4.2%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.2%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Brookdale Community College

4.2%

University of Houston - Downtown

4.2%

Kaplan University

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

University of Toledo

4.2%

Colorado Technical University

4.2%

Arkansas Tech University

4.2%

Old Dominion University

4.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.8%

Electrical Engineering

12.1%

Information Technology

10.9%

Computer Information Systems

10.3%

Business

7.9%

Computer Engineering

7.9%

Computer Networking

6.7%

Management Information Systems

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Aviation

2.4%

Information Systems

2.4%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.4%

Finance

1.8%

Computer Systems Security

1.8%

Computer Applications

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Industrial Engineering

1.8%

Systems Engineering

1.2%

Management Science

1.2%

Biology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.5%

Other

20.0%

Masters

17.7%

Associate

8.4%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

2.8%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Real Junior Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior File System Engineer Tintri, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 16, 2016 $125,000
Junior Engineer Infrastructure Systems KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Sep 03, 2016 $90,000
Junior Systems Engineer Audax Health Solutions, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 15, 2014 $90,000 -
$100,000
Junior Systems Engineer Stumbleupon, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 13, 2013 $85,000
Junior Systems Engineer Nisum Technologies Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 13, 2014 $80,000
JR. Systems Engineer Nisum Technologies Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 08, 2015 $77,000 -
$85,000
Hnei Junior Power System Engineer Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Jan 09, 2016 $75,236
JR. System Engineer Cdnetworks, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 06, 2014 $75,000
Junior Systems Engineer Nisum Technologies Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $75,000 -
$85,000
Junior Battery System Engineer Microvast, Inc. Stafford, TX Jul 09, 2016 $74,500
Junior Systems Engineer Serro, LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 20, 2015 $73,923 -
$90,000
Junior Systems Engineer Echogen Power Systems Akron, OH Feb 16, 2015 $73,045
Vehicle Systems Engineer Junior IAV Automotive Engineering Inc. Warren, MI Sep 16, 2014 $71,283
Vehicle Systems Engineer Junior IAV Automotive Engineering Inc. Warren, MI Sep 16, 2014 $70,000
Junior Systems Engineer Kcura Corporation Chicago, IL Sep 02, 2014 $68,000
JR. Systems Engineer Cdnetworks, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 11, 2013 $68,000
Junior Battery System Engineer Microvast, Inc. Stafford, TX Sep 10, 2015 $67,750
Junior Systems Engineer Pi Innovo LLC Plymouth, MI Apr 14, 2014 $67,725 -
$82,000
Junior Systems Engineer Pi Innovo LLC Plymouth, MI Mar 19, 2014 $67,725 -
$80,000
JR. Systems Engineer Pi Innovo LLC Plymouth, MI Oct 01, 2013 $67,725 -
$80,000
JR. Systems Engineer Pi Innovo LLC Plymouth, MI Sep 10, 2015 $67,704 -
$70,000
JR. System Engineer Deemsys Inc. Gahanna, OH Jan 08, 2016 $65,000
Junior Systems Engineer B &C Transit, Inc. Oakland, CA Sep 21, 2012 $65,000
Systems Engineer Junior Apex Manufacturing Solutions LLC Boise, ID Jul 29, 2013 $65,000
JR. Systems Engineer Cdnetworks, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 21, 2014 $65,000
JR. Systems Engineer Pi Innovo LLC Plymouth, MI Sep 02, 2015 $64,272 -
$73,000
Systems Engineer Junior W-Industries, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $63,939
Systems Engineer Junior W-Industries, LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $63,939
Systems Engineer, JR Fairfax Data Systems, Inc. New Milford, CT Apr 16, 2015 $62,500

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Top Skills for A Junior Systems Engineer

CustomerServiceServerHardwareDesktopSupportActiveDirectoryRemoteAccessBackupExecPCWindowsServerSetupTroubleshootLaptopsWindowsNewTechnologiesWebSymantecEndpointRedhatLinuxVmwareSQLVPNDhcpTechnicalSupport

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Top Junior Systems Engineer Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Server Hardware
  3. Desktop Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Helped to ensure that a high level of customer service and support is provided to all internal and external users.
  • Installed, configured, and troubleshoot of Desktop computer and server hardware including Operating System.
  • Provided help desk and desktop support.
  • Performed steady state tasks which included managing and creating Active Directory Users and Groups and Organizational Units.
  • Performed support for network based services including remote access trouble-shooting, system backups, and disaster recovery.

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