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Working As A Manager, Systems Engineering

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $126,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manager, Systems Engineering Do

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Duties

Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the overall technology strategy of their organizations. They help determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in a separate profile on top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and may be responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies or other research and development activities. When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.  

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

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How To Become A Manager, Systems Engineering

Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, plus related work experience, is required. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.

Education

Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information science–related field. Such a degree usually takes 4 years to complete and includes courses in computer programming, software development, and mathematics. Management information systems (MIS) programs usually include business classes as well as computer-related ones.

Many organizations require their computer and information systems managers to have a graduate degree as well. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is common and takes 2 years beyond the undergraduate level to complete. Many people pursuing an MBA take classes while working, an option that can increase the time required to complete that degree.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most jobs for computer and information systems managers require several years of experience in a related information technology (IT) job. Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience. Directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience. A chief technology officer (CTO), who oversees the technology plan for a large organization, may need more than 15 years of experience in the IT field before being considered for a job.

The number of years of experience required varies with the organization. Generally, smaller or newer companies do not require as much experience as larger or more established ones.

Computer systems are used throughout the economy, and IT employees may gain experience in a variety of industries. However, an applicant’s work experience should be in the same industry they are applying to work in. For example, an IT security manager should have previously worked in information security. A hospital IT director should have experience in the healthcare field.

Advancement

Most computer and information systems managers start out as lower level managers and advance to higher positions within the IT department. IT directors or project managers can advance to become CTOs. A CTO or other manager who is especially business minded can advance to become a chief information officer (CIO), the person in charge of all IT-related decisions in an organization. CIOs can advance to become top executives in an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. IT managers must be able to analyze problems and consider and select the best ways to solve them.

Business skills. IT managers must develop and implement strategic plans to reach the goals of their organizations.

Communication skills. IT managers must be able to explain their work to top executives and give clear instructions to their subordinates.

Decisionmaking skills. Some IT managers must make important decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach their organizations’ goals.

Leadership skills. IT managers must be able to lead and motivate IT teams or departments so that workers are efficient and effective.

Organizational skills. Some IT managers must coordinate the work of several different IT departments to make the organization run efficiently.

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Manager, Systems Engineering Career Paths

Manager, Systems Engineering
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Contractor-Senior Project Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Infrastructure Project Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager
Senior Engagement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Director
Executive Director, Information Technology
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Systems Director
Vice President Information Systems
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Vice President Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Director, Technical Operations
Vice President Of Technical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Service Delivery Manager
Account Delivery Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Project Manager Implementation Manager
Senior Implementation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Operations Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Corporate Director Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Project Manager Manager Applications Development
Information Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program/Project Manager Manager Applications Development
Director Systems Development
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Global Program Manager
Global Senior Program Manager
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Manager 4.2 years
Technical Manager 3.9 years
Top Careers Before Manager, Systems Engineering
Manager 4.4%
Consultant 3.1%
Engineer 2.7%
Top Careers After Manager, Systems Engineering
Consultant 5.7%
Manager 4.3%
Director 4.3%
President 3.2%
Owner 2.3%

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Manager, Systems Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

80.7%

Female

12.0%

Unknown

7.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

10.9%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

22.7%

Carrier

12.4%

French

11.3%

Chinese

7.2%

German

7.2%

Japanese

6.2%

Italian

6.2%

Mandarin

5.2%

Russian

4.1%

Korean

4.1%

Portuguese

2.1%

Hindi

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Esperanto

1.0%

Hungarian

1.0%

Dakota

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Malay

1.0%

Serer

1.0%

Cheyenne

1.0%
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Manager, Systems Engineering Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.8%

George Washington University

9.6%

Northeastern University

5.6%

Villanova University

5.2%

Johns Hopkins University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.6%

Colorado Technical University

4.6%

University of Southern California

4.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.6%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

Strayer University

4.2%

George Mason University

4.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.7%

Webster University

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.3%

Texas A&M University

3.3%

University of Texas at Austin

3.3%

Purdue University

3.3%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.1%
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Majors

Business

18.5%

Electrical Engineering

16.7%

Computer Science

13.1%

Mechanical Engineering

7.0%

Computer Information Systems

5.7%

Management

5.1%

Information Technology

4.0%

Project Management

3.6%

Finance

3.1%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Systems Engineering

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Information Systems

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Computer Networking

1.8%

Physics

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Aerospace Engineering

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.3%

Masters

33.7%

Other

14.2%

Associate

5.4%

Certificate

4.2%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.0%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Manager, Systems Engineering make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manager, Systems Engineering in the United States is $126,520 per year or $61 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $96,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $165,000.

Real Manager, Systems Engineering Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, System Engineering Velo3D, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 17, 2015 $220,000 -
$230,000
Manager of Site Reliability and Systems Engineer Bigcommerce, Inc. Austin, TX Jul 25, 2016 $185,000 -
$215,000
Manager Systems/Software Engineer Hewlett-Packard Company Sunnyvale, CA Feb 18, 2016 $182,751
Manager of Site Reliability and Systems Engineer Bigcommerce, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2015 $175,000 -
$190,000
Manager, Systems Engineer EMC Corporation McLean, VA Jan 13, 2016 $174,533
Manager, Systems/Software Engineer Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Marina del Rey, CA Mar 10, 2016 $173,946 -
$175,000
Manager, Systems/Software Engineer Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Sunnyvale, CA Aug 25, 2016 $172,238 -
$187,555
Manager, Systems Engineering Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Apr 22, 2016 $169,791 -
$271,000
Systems Engineering Manager Fortinet, Inc. Sunrise, FL Mar 06, 2016 $166,941
Manager, Systems Engineer Audience, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 19, 2016 $163,900
Manager, Systems/Software Engineer Hewlett-Packard Company Sunnyvale, CA Apr 13, 2015 $160,964 -
$182,751
Systems Engineering Manager Dimension Data North America Pleasanton, CA May 17, 2016 $159,806 -
$185,000
Manager, Systems Engineering EMC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Sep 26, 2016 $159,099 -
$178,000
Manager, Control Systems Engineering Valero Energy Corporation Three Rivers, TX Mar 28, 2016 $159,000
Manager-System Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Alpharetta, GA Oct 26, 2015 $142,059
Systems Engineering Manager PTC Inc. Foxborough, MA Nov 19, 2015 $139,014 -
$150,000
Engineering Manager-Systems CNH Industrial America LLC Burr Ridge, IL Dec 20, 2015 $137,500
Manager-System Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Aug 03, 2015 $136,100
Manager, Systems Engineering Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc. Emeryville, CA Jan 11, 2015 $134,992 -
$155,000
Systems Engineering Manager PTC Inc. Foxborough, MA Sep 16, 2015 $133,900
Systems Engineering Manager Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ridgefield, NJ Jan 07, 2015 $133,256
Manager, Systems Engineer EMC Corporation McLean, VA Jul 03, 2016 $133,099 -
$174,300
Project Manager, Systems Engineering Avinger, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 01, 2016 $124,573
Manager-Systems Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Temple Terrace, FL May 05, 2016 $122,573
Program Manager, Research & Development Systems Engineering Volcano Corporation Rancho Cordova, CA Sep 01, 2015 $122,412
Program Manager, Research and Design Systems Engineering Volcano Corporation Rancho Cordova, CA Sep 01, 2015 $122,412
Manager II, Systems Engineer Samsung Electronics America, Inc. Bellevue, WA Oct 22, 2015 $122,000 -
$134,000
Manager, Systems Engineering Mitel Delaware Inc. Mesa, AZ Sep 01, 2015 $121,200 -
$154,000
Systems Engineering Manager PTC Inc. Needham, MA May 30, 2016 $120,910 -
$145,371

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Top Skills for A Manager, Systems Engineering

  1. Systems Engineering
  2. Project Management
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Led a 10-person systems engineering section that provided systems engineering expertise and oversight for multiple development programs within the intelligence community.
  • Develop and manage internal project management processes including project initiation, scoping, documentation, implementation, and completion.
  • Developed infrastructure OpEx model and project estimation tools to support application portfolio TCO analysis and resource capacity planning respectively.
  • Perform and Test System Migration from Windows 2000 to Windows XP, Windows 2000 server to Windows 2003 Server.
  • Produced requirement analysis, operational concept, and computer architecture and for next generation signal processing collection and processing systems.

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