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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

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 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.

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 Systems Engineer Career Paths

Senior Systems Engineer
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Sales Engineer Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Analyst Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Programmer 5.2 years
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Principle Engineer 4.5 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Systems Manager 4.2 years
Network Manager 3.9 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Systems Support 3.1 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Database Engineer 2.8 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 2.7 years
Desktop Engineer 2.6 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Citrix Engineer 2.1 years
Junior Engineer 2.1 years
Exchange Engineer 1.9 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Linux Engineer 1.6 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.1%
Engineer 2.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.6%

Senior Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.2%

Female

12.9%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

71.2%

Asian

16.3%

Hispanic or Latino

8.4%

Unknown

3.3%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.8%

Carrier

13.0%

French

8.8%

German

7.5%

Chinese

6.1%

Japanese

5.2%

Italian

4.1%

Portuguese

3.6%

Mandarin

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Cheyenne

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Hindi

2.8%

Korean

1.9%

Swedish

0.8%

Bulgarian

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Turkish

0.6%

Marathi

0.6%
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Senior Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.2%

George Washington University

8.0%

Strayer University

6.7%

University of Maryland - University College

6.5%

George Mason University

6.4%

Johns Hopkins University

5.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

More Tech Institute

4.0%

University of Southern California

3.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.1%

Colorado Technical University

3.1%

University of Florida

3.0%

Texas A&M University

2.8%

Syracuse University

2.8%

Western Governors University

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.0%

Electrical Engineering

15.7%

Business

12.5%

Computer Information Systems

7.9%

Information Technology

7.1%

Computer Engineering

4.8%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Information Systems

3.4%

Management

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Engineering

2.7%

Computer Networking

2.5%

Project Management

2.3%

Systems Engineering

2.3%

Physics

1.8%

Finance

1.5%

Computer Applications

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.2%

Masters

30.7%

Other

15.9%

Associate

6.4%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.8%

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 &Amp; 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 &Amp; 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
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

WindowsServerHardwareNetworkInfrastructureSQLServerProceduresActiveDirectoryStorageDataCentersWebBackupArchitectureLinuxSANDisasterRecoveryVmwareESXUnixDomainSetupCitrixDNS

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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.

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