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Working As A Server 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

  • $109,083

    Average Salary

What Does A Server 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 Server 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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Server Engineer Career Paths

Server Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Senior Network Engineer Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Infrastructure Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Server Engineer 3.0 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Server Technician 2.1 years
Citrix 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 5.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.1%
Engineer 2.9%

Server Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.9%

Female

10.3%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

74.1%

Asian

11.5%

Hispanic or Latino

10.3%

Unknown

3.2%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

Cheyenne

20.0%

French

10.0%

Swedish

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%

Chinese

5.0%

Gujarati

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Mandarin

5.0%

Russian

5.0%

Arabic

5.0%

Italian

5.0%
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Server Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.9%

New York University

7.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.8%

DePaul University

5.8%

Strayer University

5.8%

Northwestern University

4.7%

American InterContinental University

4.7%

Syracuse University

3.5%

ECPI University

3.5%

University of South Florida

3.5%

Villanova University

3.5%

University of North Texas

3.5%

University of Cincinnati

3.5%

Saddleback College

3.5%

The Academy

3.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.5%

University of Washington

3.5%

University of Houston

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

19.6%

Business

14.1%

Computer Information Systems

12.2%

Information Technology

10.4%

Electrical Engineering

6.9%

Information Systems

4.6%

Management Information Systems

4.6%

Computer Networking

4.6%

Computer Engineering

3.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Computer Technical Support

2.1%

Project Management

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.1%

General Studies

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Computer Programming

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Management

1.2%

Economics

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.3%

Other

23.6%

Masters

15.9%

Associate

14.0%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Server Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Server Engineering Samsung Pay, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 09, 2016 $194,800
Princ. Serv. Engr., Network Arch.-GFS-Networking & Shared Serv. or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Nov 06, 2014 $166,000 -
$186,000
Backend Server Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 12, 2014 $160,000 -
$180,000
Principal Server Engineer Skillz Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 18, 2016 $160,000
Director of Server Engineering Looppay, Inc. Burlington, MA Jun 01, 2015 $145,000
Server Engineer Adi Worldlink, LLC Mountain View, CA Aug 24, 2016 $145,000 -
$150,000
Ad Server Engineer (Software Engineer) Admobius, Inc. San Mateo, CA Feb 15, 2012 $140,000
Server Engineer Scientific Revenue Redwood City, CA Sep 03, 2015 $140,000
Database Server Engineer Salesforce.Com Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 04, 2016 $138,362
Server Side Engineer Doubleverify Inc. New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $137,000
Server Engineer Proofpoint, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 17, 2012 $137,000
Software Server Engineer Ngmoco, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2014 $135,000
Software Server Engineer Ngmoco, LLC San Francisco, CA Dec 05, 2014 $135,000
Server Engineer Reverb Technologies, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 27, 2015 $109,762 -
$131,269
Linux Server Engineer Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA Jul 25, 2011 $109,000
Server Engineer Comerica Management Company Auburn Hills, MI Jan 01, 2012 $108,683
Server Engineer Marketo, Inc. San Mateo, CA Oct 01, 2011 $105,000
Client Server Engineer IV BB&T Corporation Raleigh, NC Dec 09, 2016 $104,698
Lead SQL Server Engineer Atlantic Partners Corporation Boca Raton, FL May 01, 2016 $102,066
Server Side Engineer Doubleverify Inc. New York, NY Sep 08, 2016 $102,000
Server Engineer Scientific Revenue Redwood City, CA Mar 21, 2016 $94,162
Software Engineer-Server Engineering Team Minerva Networks, Inc. CA Oct 10, 2013 $94,000
Server Engineer Carefusion Corporation San Diego, CA Aug 09, 2014 $91,619
Server Engineer Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Mar 10, 2016 $90,813 -
$140,509
Windows Server Engineer 3 Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc. Cranston, RI Oct 17, 2011 $90,480
Application Server Engineer Sears Holdings Management Corporation Royal Oak, MI Oct 01, 2012 $90,376 -
$110,000
Server Engineer North Shore-LIJ Health System New York, NY Mar 17, 2011 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Server Engineer

WindowsServerServerHardwareActiveDirectoryServerInfrastructureBackupVmwareESXStorageSQLServerWebServersDisasterRecoveryRemoteDomainControllersCitrixXenappDNSSANLinuxOSDataCentersWindowsNewTechnologiesVirtualMachines

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Top Server Engineer Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Server Hardware
  3. Active Directory
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported 500 Windows servers from test environments through production, including deployment document creation.
  • Performed multiple server hardware upgrades.
  • Led the completion the Active Directory, Exchange and File Server design and subsequent build out of the Microsoft Infrastructure.
  • Managed capacity on physical and virtual server infrastructure.
  • Repaired and upgrade firmware on laser printers, performed system backups.

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