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Working As A Senior Information Technology 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

  • $111,946

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Information Technology 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 Senior Information Technology 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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Senior Information Technology Engineer jobs

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Senior Information Technology Engineer Career Paths

Senior Information Technology Engineer
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Senior Technical Consultant Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Technical Director Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Controller Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Associate Director Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Vice President Of Information Technology
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Network Manager 3.9 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.4%

Senior Information Technology Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.2%

Female

12.5%

Unknown

4.3%
Ethnicity

White

70.2%

Asian

15.6%

Hispanic or Latino

8.8%

Unknown

4.1%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.7%

Portuguese

13.3%

Chinese

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Japanese

6.7%

French

6.7%

Dutch

3.3%

German

3.3%

Yoruba

3.3%

Cantonese

3.3%

Hindi

3.3%

Polish

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Italian

3.3%
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Senior Information Technology Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.9%

More Tech Institute

7.1%

Northeastern University

5.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.7%

University of San Francisco

4.7%

National University

4.7%

Santa Clara University

4.7%

Drexel University

4.7%

Strayer University

4.7%

Capella University

4.7%

San Diego State University

4.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.7%

San Francisco State University

4.7%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

Stanford University

3.5%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

21.2%

Business

13.4%

Information Technology

10.2%

Computer Information Systems

8.1%

Electrical Engineering

7.0%

Computer Engineering

4.8%

Engineering

4.3%

Management Information Systems

4.0%

Computer Networking

3.8%

Information Systems

3.8%

Project Management

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Computer Systems Security

2.2%

Communication

2.2%

Management

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.9%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Accounting

1.3%

Information Sciences

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.3%

Masters

24.6%

Other

17.1%

Associate

8.1%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Senior Information Technology Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior IT Application Engineer Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 20, 2016 $170,000
Senior IT Apps Engineer Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $165,000
Senior IT Security Engineer OSP Global, LLC Fairfax, VA Sep 22, 2016 $155,000
Senior IT Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Nov 15, 2015 $154,617
Senior IT Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 15, 2015 $145,782
Senior IT Software Engineer Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 18, 2016 $145,000
Senior IT Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 08, 2016 $144,257
SR. IT Software Engineer-COO or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 03, 2016 $143,751 -
$163,751
Senior IT Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 22, 2015 $142,685
Senior IT Applications Engineer Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Oct 08, 2016 $142,064
SR. IT Application Engineer Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Mar 23, 2016 $142,064
SR. IT Engineer Riverbed Technology, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 18, 2016 $141,694 -
$158,114
Senior IT Software Development Engineer Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA May 13, 2015 $138,900
Senior IT Software Development Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 04, 2015 $123,760
Senior IT Software Development Engineer In Test Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 06, 2015 $123,000
Senior IT Applications Engineer Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 19, 2015 $123,000
SR. IT Service Engineer-Strategic Enterprise Services IT or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 19, 2016 $122,600 -
$142,600
Associate, Senior Java/Flex IT Engineer, Corporate & Post Trade Tech DIV Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC New York, NY Feb 19, 2015 $122,179
SR. IT Software Engineer Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Plano, TX Jul 29, 2016 $121,680
SR. IT Software Engineer Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Plano, TX Feb 11, 2016 $121,680
Senior IT Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 28, 2015 $121,553
Senior IT Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Jan 11, 2015 $110,637
Senior Systems IT Engineer SUEZ Water Management & Services Inc. NY Dec 12, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
Senior IT Engineer Express Scripts Services Co. Franklin Lakes, NJ Jan 15, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
SR. IT Security Engineer Protege, LLC Livingston, NJ May 20, 2015 $110,000 -
$140,000
Senior Systems IT Engineer SUEZ Water Management & Services Inc. Paramus, NJ Dec 12, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
Senior IT Engineer Toys &Quot;R&Quot; Us-Delaware, Inc. Wayne, NJ Nov 30, 2016 $110,000
Senior IT Software Development Engineer In Test Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 26, 2015 $109,330
Senior IT Service Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 09, 2015 $109,298

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Top Skills for A Senior Information Technology Engineer

WindowsServerITInfrastructureHardwareActiveDirectoryBackupVmwareESXRemoteStorageWebLinuxProceduresDataCentersArchitectureDesktopSupportSQLServerSetupVPNPCRoutersDisasterRecovery

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Top Senior Information Technology Engineer Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. IT Infrastructure
  3. Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Manage and maintenance 100+ Windows Server environments.
  • Sole responsibility for supporting the entire IT Infrastructure contained within the DIA Corporate HQ.
  • Defined hardware and software standards for main offices, branch offices and hosting centers.
  • Launched additions, deletions and modifications to Active Directory and email servers.
  • Utilized Yosemite backup software and Exabyte Inc packet tape drive to coordinate daily, weekly, incremental and monthly backups.

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