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Become A Systems Engineer

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Working As A Systems Engineer

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

  • $79,726

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems Engineer Do

A Systems Engineer is responsible for the planning and engineering of an organization's systems infrastructure. They manage and monitor all installed systems, as well as develop software and implement system security and data assurance.

How To Become A 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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Real Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Smts-System Engineering Cellco Partnership Ashburn, VA Mar 13, 2017 $140,000
Smts-Systems Engineering (Software Systems Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 01, 2017 $135,799
Smts-System Engineering (Principal Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 08, 2017 $132,529
Systems Engineer III Sentry Control Systems LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 09, 2016 $130,229
Smts-Systems Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 25, 2018 $130,000
Smts-Systems Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 26, 2018 $130,000
Smts-Systems Engineering (Lead Systems Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 23, 2018 $128,297
Smts-Systems Engineering (Lead System Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 09, 2018 $126,361
Systems Engineer Radiant Logic, Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 06, 2014 $120,000
Systems Engineer III Sentry Control Systems, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 12, 2015 $115,000
Systems Engineer Netapp, Inc. Ashburn, VA Nov 01, 2015 $110,000 -
$120,000
System Engineers Chisrin Corp Ashburn, VA Mar 21, 2018 $109,359 -
$125,220
Smts-System Engineering (Senior Member Technical Staff) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 05, 2017 $108,511
Smts-Systems Engineering (MTS) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2017 $107,719
Systems Engineer Beyondsoa Solutions, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 07, 2017 $103,272
Systems Engineer Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 05, 2010 $102,600
Smts-System Engineering (SYS Cslt-It Quality Assurance) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 08, 2017 $100,300
Systems Engineer Amiti Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2017 $100,000
Systems Engineer Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 28, 2013 $96,250 -
$108,800
System Engineer GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
System Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Systems Engineer GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Devops System Engineer Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2018 $96,000
Systems Engineer III Andrew LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 16, 2011 $95,779
Staff Systems Engineer Inovant, LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 04, 2017 $94,557 -
$123,420
MTS Specialist-Systems Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA May 20, 2013 $90,000
Systems Engineer Reverb Networks, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 05, 2011 $90,000 -
$110,000
Systems Engineer Reverb Networks, Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 10, 2011 $90,000 -
$110,000
Systems Engineer Nrich Enterprise Solutions, LLC Ashburn, VA Nov 06, 2017 $85,280
Optical Systems Engineer Insite Partners, LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 04, 2013 $80,266
System Engineer Delviom, LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 10, 2017 $80,000
Systems Engineer Protege LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 23, 2016 $79,726
Wireless Systems Engineer Reverb Networks, Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 07, 2009 $78,000
Systems Engineer Idigital Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 16, 2016 $77,000
Systems Engineer II Andrew LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2011 $76,688
Systems Engineer Spica Computers, LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 26, 2015 $69,638
MTS Specialist-System Engineer (Member of Technica Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2014 $68,701
Systems Engineer Infotech Valley, Inc. Ashburn, VA Jul 06, 2012 $68,000
Systems Engineer Nrich Enterprise Solutions, LLC Ashburn, VA Apr 10, 2017 $67,288 -
$72,000
MTS I-System Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Mar 17, 2014 $65,920
MTS I-System Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 23, 2014 $65,920
Systems Engineer Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2010 $65,000
Systems Engineer Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Jan 03, 2010 $65,000
System Engineer Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Dec 18, 2009 $64,000
Systems Engineer Softhq Ashburn, VA Aug 08, 2017 $63,500
Systems Engineer E-Train Erp Inc. Ashburn, VA May 06, 2013 $63,000
Systems Engineer Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA May 06, 2013 $63,000
Systems Engineer Secure Networks Inc. Ashburn, VA Dec 21, 2009 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Systems Engineer

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Top 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:
  • Involved in Windows Server 2003 OS installation and troubleshooting.
  • Evaluate and recommend hardware and software products
  • Work within a group of engineers supporting NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command) network infrastructure.
  • Provided comments/recommendations and coordinated with subcontractors to have their qualification test procedures revised and met the established requirements.
  • Assist with overall network data cleanup and identify any discrepancies with configuration of network equipment and database.

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