Most principal systems engineers list "engineering support," "hardware," and "dod" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important principal systems engineer responsibilities here:
We've found that 66.2% of principal systems engineers have earned a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, 21.9% earned their master's degrees before becoming a principal systems engineer. While it's true that most principal systems engineers have a college degree, it's generally impossible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every nine principal systems engineers did not spend the extra money to attend college.
Those principal systems engineers who do attend college, typically earn either electrical engineering degrees or computer science degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for principal systems engineers include mechanical engineering degrees or business degrees.
Once you're ready to become a principal systems engineer, you should explore the companies that typically hire principal systems engineers. According to principal systems engineer resumes that we searched through, principal systems engineers are hired the most by Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Company, and Verizon Communications. Currently, Northrop Grumman has 157 principal systems engineer job openings, while there are 103 at Raytheon Company and 40 at Verizon Communications.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, principal systems engineers tend to earn the biggest salaries at Microsoft, VMware, and Nvidia. Take Microsoft for example. The median principal systems engineer salary is $156,415. At VMware, principal systems engineers earn an average of $150,724, while the average at Nvidia is $150,226. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at Lockheed Martin, Infosys Public Services, and Raytheon Company. These three companies have hired a significant number of principal systems engineers from these institutions.