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Working As A Senior Systems Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $90,340

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Systems Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Senior Systems Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Senior Systems Engineer Career Paths

Senior Systems Engineer
Technical Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Analyst Systems Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Sales Engineer Sales Engineering Manager
Director Of Sales Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Director Technical Development
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Senior Systems Engineer
Consultant 4.4%
Engineer 2.9%
Top Careers After Senior Systems Engineer
Consultant 8.2%
Manager 2.8%

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Senior Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.0%

Female

12.9%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

53.7%

Asian

16.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.9%

Carrier

13.2%

French

8.4%

Chinese

6.4%

German

6.4%

Japanese

5.3%

Arabic

4.2%

Mandarin

3.9%

Italian

3.6%

Hindi

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Cheyenne

3.1%

Portuguese

2.8%

Korean

2.0%

Swedish

1.4%

Urdu

1.1%

Bulgarian

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Turkish

0.6%
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Senior Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.3%

George Washington University

7.9%

Strayer University

6.7%

University of Maryland - University College

6.3%

George Mason University

5.9%

Johns Hopkins University

5.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

More Tech Institute

3.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.1%

Syracuse University

3.1%

University of Florida

3.0%

Colorado Technical University

3.0%

University of Houston

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.6%

Electrical Engineering

15.9%

Business

12.3%

Computer Information Systems

8.0%

Information Technology

7.0%

Computer Engineering

4.9%

Information Systems

3.3%

Management Information Systems

3.3%

Mechanical Engineering

3.3%

Management

3.1%

Engineering

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Computer Networking

2.6%

Systems Engineering

2.4%

Project Management

2.3%

Physics

1.9%

Computer Applications

1.5%

Mathematics

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.5%

Masters

30.8%

Other

15.4%

Associate

6.3%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.0%
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Real Senior Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Systems Engineer/Architect Dimension Data Cloud Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 18, 2018 $116,875 -
$150,000
Senior Systems Engineer Juniper Networks, Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 30, 2013 $116,605 -
$133,763
Smts-System Engineering (Senior Member Technical Staff) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 05, 2017 $108,511
SR. Systems Engineer Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 26, 2010 $108,118 -
$152,000
SR. Systems Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 17, 2019 $103,584 -
$127,100
SR. Systems Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 28, 2019 $103,584 -
$127,100
SR. Systems Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 03, 2018 $100,194 -
$115,000
SR. Systems Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 05, 2018 $100,194 -
$124,500
SR. Systems Engineer Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 30, 2017 $99,000 -
$115,355
SR. Systems Engineer Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 25, 2017 $96,845 -
$115,355
SR. System Engineer GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 11, 2017 $96,000
SR. Systems Engineer Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 27, 2017 $94,557 -
$115,355
Senior System Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 05, 2018 $93,118 -
$115,000
Senior Systems Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 26, 2018 $93,118 -
$115,000
SR. Systems Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 26, 2018 $93,118 -
$115,000
Senior Systems Engineer Andrew LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 16, 2010 $92,095
Senior System Engineer Andrew LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 20, 2010 $91,164
Senior System Engineer Visa Technology & Operations LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 05, 2018 $86,276 -
$115,000
Sr.Systems Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 09, 2019 $85,000
Senior System Engineer GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $84,000
SR. System Engineer Dataintel Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2013 $72,500

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Top Skills for A Senior Systems Engineer

  1. Windows XP
  2. Computer
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Created new Microsoft Windows XP images for packaging and testing using Microsoft Windows Server Remote Installation Service (RIS).
  • Performed risk assessments and tests on running data processing activities and security measures to safeguard computer files against unauthorized modifications.
  • Developed additional asset tracking products based on a common mobile unit platform and infrastructure.
  • Network Administration, Implemented and administered users, computers and objects in an Active Directory environment.
  • Created reporting solutions using SQL stored procedures and Crystal Reports generating statistical analysis reports from ERP database.

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