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Working As A Systems Engineer/Architect

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $91,541

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems Engineer/Architect 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 Systems Engineer/Architect

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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Average Length of Employment
Systems Architect 3.2 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Senior Architect 2.8 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Systems Engineer/Architect
Consultant 5.1%
Architect 4.9%
Engineer 3.6%
Manager 2.6%
Top Careers After Systems Engineer/Architect
Architect 10.4%
Engineer 7.1%
Consultant 6.7%

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Systems Engineer/Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

82.9%

Female

13.0%

Unknown

4.1%
Ethnicity

White

55.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Asian

13.8%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.3%

German

9.1%

Japanese

9.1%

French

9.1%

Arabic

9.1%

Portuguese

6.1%

Carrier

6.1%

Hebrew

3.0%

Greek

3.0%

Dari

3.0%

Hindi

3.0%

Urdu

3.0%

Polish

3.0%

Italian

3.0%
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Systems Engineer/Architect Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.0%

Stevens Institute of Technology

8.0%

More Tech Institute

6.8%

Pennsylvania State University

5.7%

Strayer University

5.7%

George Washington University

5.7%

Arizona State University

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

Western Governors University

3.4%

Harvard University

3.4%

Webster University

3.4%

California Southern University

3.4%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

3.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.4%

Utah State University

3.4%

Colorado Technical University

3.4%

Columbia University

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

22.0%

Electrical Engineering

13.0%

Business

10.1%

Computer Information Systems

6.6%

Computer Engineering

6.1%

Information Technology

5.8%

Architecture

5.5%

Mechanical Engineering

4.0%

Civil Engineering

3.2%

Engineering

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Project Management

2.3%

Education

2.3%

Biology

2.0%

Communication

2.0%

Systems Engineering

2.0%

Information Systems

2.0%

Management

1.7%

Computer Systems Security

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.6%

Masters

26.6%

Other

20.7%

Associate

5.6%

Doctorate

3.4%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

0.8%
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Real Systems Engineer/Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Engineering Architect Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 15, 2016 $190,000 -
$210,000
Product Engineering Architect Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 15, 2015 $182,863 -
$243,100
Engineering Architect Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 21, 2015 $175,000
Engineering Architect Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 15, 2016 $165,318 -
$185,000
Systems Engineer/Solutions Architect Knowledgent Group Inc. Quincy, MA Sep 10, 2015 $165,000
Engineering Services Architect Ca, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 18, 2016 $164,382
Engineering Architect Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 19, 2016 $158,454 -
$167,500
Engineering Services Architect Ca, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 25, 2016 $157,477
Engineering Architect Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA May 26, 2016 $157,477 -
$185,000
Engineer IV/Architect The Advisory Board Company Washington, DC Feb 07, 2015 $156,511
Engineering Architect Cisco Systems, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 27, 2016 $150,900 -
$173,600
Architect, Engineering Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Jun 08, 2015 $150,300
Engineer IV/Architect The Advisory Board Company Washington, DC Oct 01, 2015 $149,058
Engineering Architect Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 20, 2016 $145,350 -
$167,500
Senior ERP Systems Engineer/Architect (ERP Systems Engineer) Lennox International, Inc. Richardson, TX Oct 31, 2015 $128,541
Engineering Services Architect Ca, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 16, 2016 $128,500
Engineering Architect Cisco Systems, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Nov 23, 2016 $127,900 -
$171,300
Systems Architect/Engineer, Paas DEV OPS Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 26, 2016 $127,150 -
$167,100
Engineering Services Architect Ca, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2015 $125,000
Engineering Services Architect Ca, Inc. Ewing, NJ Oct 24, 2016 $125,000
Engineering Services Architect Ca Inc. Framingham, MA Jan 08, 2016 $125,000
Engineering Services Architect Ca, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jul 01, 2016 $123,344
Engineering Architect Lavastorm Analytics, Inc. Boston, MA Apr 06, 2015 $103,000
Engineering Architect Lavastorm Analytics, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 11, 2015 $103,000
Adobe Insight Architect Engineer Adobe Systems Incorporated Seattle, WA Nov 11, 2016 $100,800
PD Engineer II-Architect/Infrastructure Verizon Data Services LLC Waltham, MA Aug 22, 2016 $100,000
Systems Engineer/Architect E-It Professionals Corp Detroit, MI Jan 05, 2015 $100,000
Systems Engineer/Architect Innovative Electronics Group Pittsburgh, PA Sep 10, 2015 $98,821
Systems Engineering Test Architect IBM India Private Limited Fort Worth, TX Jul 19, 2015 $98,220
Document Management Architect and Documentum Systems ENG Eli Lilly and Company Indianapolis, IN Sep 25, 2015 $97,788

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Top Skills for A Systems Engineer/Architect

  1. Architecture
  2. Windows XP
  3. Web
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  • Presented architecture decisions and proposals to stakeholders to explain how business strategy alignment is satisfied.
  • Assess current environments, Develop, plan & execute the Windows XP to Windows 7 migration for various clients.
  • Designed prototype-programming solutions to automate monitor and troubleshooting of websites and servers.
  • Served as Microsoft ecosystem service architect and project management, responsible for providing technical infrastructure solutions and services.
  • Design computer spreadsheets for engineering calculations.

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