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Working As A Lead Systems Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $125,265

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Systems Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Lead Systems Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Lead Systems Engineer Career Paths

Lead Systems Engineer
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Consultant Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Manager, Systems Engineering Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Manager, Systems Engineering Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Software Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Systems Manager 4.2 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.1%
Manager 3.0%
Engineer 2.6%

Lead Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

85.5%

Female

11.8%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

74.8%

Asian

11.8%

Hispanic or Latino

9.6%

Unknown

3.0%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.7%

French

9.2%

Carrier

7.7%

Korean

6.2%

Portuguese

6.2%

Japanese

6.2%

Arabic

6.2%

Mandarin

4.6%

Italian

4.6%

Russian

3.1%

German

3.1%

Cheyenne

3.1%

Swedish

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Sanskrit

1.5%

Ukrainian

1.5%

Norwegian

1.5%

Hebrew

1.5%

Greek

1.5%
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Lead Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.0%

George Washington University

7.5%

Johns Hopkins University

6.9%

University of Maryland - University College

6.3%

University of Southern California

5.4%

George Mason University

5.4%

Strayer University

5.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.1%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.8%

University of Central Florida

4.2%

Drexel University

4.2%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%

Colorado Technical University

3.9%

University of California - Irvine

3.0%

Auburn University

3.0%

University of Pennsylvania

3.0%

Webster University

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.0%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

17.0%

Business

13.1%

Computer Science

13.0%

Computer Information Systems

7.9%

Mechanical Engineering

6.6%

Information Technology

5.9%

Management

4.8%

Computer Engineering

4.6%

Systems Engineering

4.5%

Information Systems

2.8%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Physics

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Computer Networking

2.1%

Finance

1.9%

Project Management

1.8%

Aerospace Engineering

1.6%

Computer Systems Security

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.2%

Masters

37.5%

Other

12.3%

Associate

5.1%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Lead Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Systems Engineer Factset Research Systems Inc. Norwalk, CT Jul 13, 2016 $190,133
Lead Engineer, Systems Sojern San Francisco, CA Jul 12, 2015 $165,000
Lead Systems Engineer Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Apr 25, 2015 $163,984 -
$174,095
Lead System Engineer at&T Services, Inc. Middletown, NJ Oct 30, 2016 $161,401
Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer MCI Communications Services, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 24, 2015 $159,875
Lead Engineer, Supply Chain Systems Beachbody, LLC Santa Monica, CA Sep 19, 2016 $158,002
Lead System Engineer Artech Information Systems LLC Irving, TX Jun 15, 2015 $156,000
Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer MCI Communications Services San Jose, CA Jul 07, 2016 $155,000
Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer MCI Communications Services, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 06, 2015 $155,000
Lead System Consultant-Software Engineering MCI Communications Services, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 27, 2015 $155,000
Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer MCI Communications Services San Jose, CA Apr 27, 2015 $150,000
Lead Engineer, Supply Chain Systems Beachbody, LLC Santa Monica, CA Jan 12, 2016 $147,900
Lead Systems Consultant-Software Engineer Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC San Jose, CA Aug 29, 2016 $145,000
Smts-System Engineering (Lead System Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Ridgefield, NJ Jul 05, 2016 $127,564
Lead Systems Engineer Williams-Sonoma, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 31, 2016 $127,150 -
$178,500
Engineering Lead-Connector Systems Trendsetter Engineering Houston, TX Feb 06, 2016 $126,381
Lead Systems Engineer Revasoft It Solutions, Inc. Boca Raton, FL Oct 30, 2016 $125,220
Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer Verizon Data Services LLC San Jose, CA Jun 08, 2015 $125,000
Lead Systems Engineer Free Stream Media, Corp, DBA Samba TV San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2016 $125,000 -
$145,000
Lead Systems Engineer Factset Research Systems, Inc. Norwalk, CT Aug 17, 2015 $125,000
Lead Systems Engineer Inovant, LLC Highlands Ranch, CO Oct 01, 2015 $112,715 -
$151,470
Smts-System Engineering (Lead Systems Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Oct 02, 2015 $112,562
Lead Systems Consultant-S/W ENG (SR. Systems Engineer) Verizon Telematics Inc. Atlanta, GA Dec 16, 2015 $111,849
Lead Systems Engineer Home Depot USA, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 08, 2015 $110,700
Lead System Engineer Drfirst.Com, Inc. Rockville, MD Jan 10, 2016 $110,000
Lead Systems Engineer Inovant, LLC Highlands Ranch, CO Apr 30, 2016 $109,834 -
$151,470
Business Systems Engineering-Lead Engineer Fair Isaac Corporation Roseville, MN May 11, 2016 $108,264 -
$115,000
Lead Distribution Systems Engineer Long Island Electric Utility Servco LLC Hicksville, NY Apr 04, 2016 $108,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Systems Engineer

HardwareSystemsEngineeringWindowsServerNetworkInfrastructureSystemArchitectureActiveDirectoryDatabaseWebStorageLinuxSQLServerDisasterRecoverySANProjectManagementDNSSafetyAvailabilityTechnicalSupportWindowsNewTechnologiesPolicy

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Top Lead Systems Engineer Skills

  1. Hardware
  2. Systems Engineering
  3. Windows Server
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct installation, maintenance, and repair of network hardware/software tools.
  • Employed Systems Engineering methodologies and Systems Engineering principles to support complex Military Communication architectures.
  • Patched both Linux and Windows servers.
  • Improved performance and stability while reducing number of required servers by completely redesigning the Web network infrastructure.
  • Manage and oversee all engineering projects, contracts, technical teams and overall system architecture baseline status.

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