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Become A Senior Systems Engineer

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Working As A Senior 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

  • $94,557

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Systems Engineer Do

A Senior Systems Engineer is focused on ensuring the stability and efficiency of the in-house information system within an organization. They provide technical services and support for the internal systems, security, network infrastructure, and other areas.

How To Become A Senior 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.


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.


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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Real Senior Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Systems Engineer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jun 04, 2015 $240,000
Senior TV Systems Engineer Cable & Wireless Holdings, Inc. Coral Gables, FL Jan 12, 2015 $230,000
Team Leader, Senior Systems Engineer Disys Solutions Inc. Austin, TX Aug 04, 2015 $200,000
Team Leader, Senior Systems Engineer Disys Solutions Inc. Austin, TX Aug 12, 2015 $200,000
Senior Distributed Systems Engineer Hashicorp, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 05, 2015 $200,000
Senior Systems Engineer Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA Oct 18, 2016 $181,000
Senior Systems Engineer Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jul 14, 2016 $180,000 -
Senior Systems and Architecture Engineer Crossbar, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 04, 2016 $177,975
Senior Systems Engineer Dstillery Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $175,000
Senior Systems Engineer Unissant, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 12, 2015 $172,178
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Top Skills for A Senior Systems Engineer


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Top Senior Systems Engineer Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Hardware
  3. Network Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed Windows server deployment images.
  • Provided final level of support for all software and hardware related problems that have been escalated by the Operations Center.
  • Coordinated with Network Infrastructure and Storage teams to rebuild network after physically relocating lab.
  • Utilized Microsoft SQL Server Management Console to develop the principle Database.
  • Develop time and resource saving procedures to improve overall effectiveness of staff.

Top Senior Systems Engineer Employers

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What Kind Of Companies Hire a Senior Systems Engineer

  1. Infosys Limited
  2. IBM
  3. Infosys Ltd
  4. Infosys
  5. Raytheon
  6. Infosys Technologies Limited
  7. Siemens
  8. Infosys Technologies Ltd
  10. Microsoft
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