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Working As a Microsoft Certified 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

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Microsoft Certified 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 Microsoft Certified 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
Computer Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Manager 4.9%
Specialist 3.3%
Owner 2.4%
Top Careers After Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Manager 4.3%
Consultant 2.7%
Server 2.7%

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Top Skills for A Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

  1. Mcse
  2. Windows XP
  3. Hardware Components
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Obtained MCSE certification and managed technical projects for this boutique IT consultancy.
  • Provided software administration, installation and maintenance for Windows XP/Vista/7/8 daily.
  • Installed, configured, and tested microcomputers and related hardware components and peripherals.
  • Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) CompTia Certified (A+) Diploma.
  • Monitored and supported Internet services, including circuit monitoring and management, firewall configurations, firewall services, proxy services.

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

75.7%

Female

14.6%

Unknown

9.7%
Ethnicity

White

57.4%

Asian

12.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

8.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

28.6%

Chinese

14.3%

Turkish

14.3%

Persian

14.3%

Spanish

14.3%

Carrier

14.3%
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Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.6%

Webster University

7.7%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

Irvine Valley College

5.1%

Thomas Nelson Community College

5.1%

University of South Florida

5.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.1%

San Joaquin Delta College

5.1%

Gateway Community College

5.1%

University of Northern Colorado

2.6%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

2.6%

Washington State University

2.6%

University of Maryland - University College

2.6%

Denver School of Nursing

2.6%

University of Alabama

2.6%

U.S. Naval War College, The

2.6%

University of Virginia's College at Wise

2.6%

Moorpark College

2.6%

Bowie State University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

23.6%

Computer Science

11.3%

Computer Information Systems

6.6%

Information Technology

6.6%

Computer Engineering

6.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.7%

Information Systems

4.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.8%

Education

3.8%

Mechanical Engineering

3.8%

Civil Engineering

3.8%

Engineering

2.8%

Nursing

2.8%

Computer Networking

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Political Science

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Computer Systems Security

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.3%

Masters

25.2%

Other

19.4%

Associate

7.9%

Certificate

6.5%

Diploma

3.6%

Doctorate

2.2%
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