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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

  • $102,000

    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 Career Paths

Senior Information Technology Engineer
Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Lead Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Information Systems Manager Information Technology Operations Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Architect Senior Information Technology Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Architect Systems Architect Infrastructure Architect
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Architect Infrastructure Architect Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Security Consultant Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Technology Specialist Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Technology Specialist Information Technology Team Leader
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Technology Specialist Technical Support Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Top Careers After Senior Information Technology Engineer
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Senior Information Technology Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.0%

Unknown

11.5%

Female

10.5%
Ethnicity

White

52.8%

Asian

15.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

6.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.0%

Portuguese

11.9%

Mandarin

9.5%

Chinese

7.1%

Japanese

7.1%

French

7.1%

Cantonese

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%

Dutch

2.4%

German

2.4%

Yoruba

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Italian

2.4%
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Senior Information Technology Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.7%

Capella University

7.5%

Western Governors University

6.0%

Strayer University

6.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.2%

San Jose State University

5.2%

National University

4.5%

Auburn University

4.5%

George Mason University

4.5%

More Tech Institute

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

The Academy

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.7%

San Diego State University

3.7%

Drexel University

3.7%

Michigan Technological University

3.0%

University of San Francisco

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

23.0%

Business

12.7%

Information Technology

10.5%

Electrical Engineering

8.9%

Computer Information Systems

8.5%

Computer Engineering

5.0%

Information Systems

3.8%

Computer Networking

3.6%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Management

2.7%

Engineering

2.5%

Computer Systems Security

2.5%

Project Management

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Communication

1.9%

Finance

1.6%

Computer Programming

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Education

1.3%

Accounting

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.9%

Masters

25.8%

Other

16.2%

Associate

7.4%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Vermont
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Senior Information Technology Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Information Technology Engineer in the United States is $102,550 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $80,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $130,000.

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
SR. IT Application Engineer Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Mar 23, 2016 $142,064
Senior IT Applications Engineer Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Oct 08, 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
SR. IT Security Engineer Protege, LLC Livingston, NJ May 20, 2015 $110,000 -
$140,000
Senior IT Engineer Express Scripts Services Co. Franklin Lakes, NJ Jan 15, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
Senior Systems IT Engineer SUEZ Water Management & Services Inc. NY Dec 12, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
Senior Systems IT Engineer SUEZ Water Management & Services Inc. Paramus, NJ Dec 12, 2016 $110,000 -
$130,000
Senior IT Engineer Toys "R" 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

  1. Windows XP
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Active Directory
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  • Managed vendor contracts and relationships, determined site requirements, trained technicians to install, configure and troubleshoot Windows XP.
  • Evaluated the corporate infrastructure made recommendations and managed projects to improve or better the infrastructure.
  • Tested and verified software and hardware upgrades/maintenance; added and managed users and computers to domains using active directory.
  • Participated in Disaster Recovery tests to ensure the backup environment is functional and capable of recovery.
  • Deploy applications/packages using SCCM 2012 on Blade and VDI (VMWARE) workstations.

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