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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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653 Systems Engineer jobs

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Systems Engineer

$79,726 Estimated

L-3 National Security Solutions
Ashburn, VA
Staff Systems Engineer

$79,726 Estimated

L3 Technologies
Ashburn, VA
Staff Systems Engineer

$79,726 Estimated

L-3 National Security Solutions
Ashburn, VA
Senior Systems Integration Engineer

$97,682 Estimated

Cubic Corporation
Ashburn, VA
Sales Senior Systems Engineer

$94,557 Estimated

L3 Technologies
Ashburn, VA
Sr. Systems Engineer

$94,557 Estimated

Idexcel
Ashburn, VA
Software Systems Engineer - III

$90,000 Estimated

Avacend's Consulting & Staffing
Ashburn, VA
Software Systems Engineer - III

$90,000 Estimated

Avacend's Consulting & Staffing
Ashburn, VA
Software Systems Engineer - III

$90,000 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Cloud Infrastructure Systems Engineer (JoinOCI-CustomerOps)

$104,280 Estimated

Caci International Inc.
Ashburn, VA
Senior Linux Systems Engineer Ashburn, VA

$112,880 Estimated

Caci International Inc.
Ashburn, VA
Senior Microsoft Systems Engineer in Ashburn, VA

$94,557 Estimated

Dimension Data
Ashburn, VA
Senior System Engineer

$94,557 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Special Applications System Engineer

$99,338 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Special Applications System Engineer

$99,338 Estimated

Dimension Data
Ashburn, VA
Systems Architect

$107,536 Estimated

Avacend's Consulting & Staffing
Ashburn, VA
Systems Administrator - IV

$79,726 Estimated

Placement Services USA, Inc.
Ashburn, VA
Systems Analyst (697003)

$65,000 Estimated

Visa
Ashburn, VA
Systems Analyst (Production Service)

$65,000 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Infrastructure Support Engineer - ASHBURN, VA

$79,726 Estimated

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Real Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Ofsaa Developer/Apps System Engineer Shimento, Inc. Charlotte, NC Feb 16, 2015 $208,700
Staff Distributed Systems Engineer Medallia, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 20, 2016 $200,000
Apps Systems Engineer 5-Ofsaa Developer Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Charlotte, NC Feb 11, 2016 $200,000
Distributed Systems Engineer Teradata Operations, Inc. Issaquah, WA Jan 11, 2016 $195,000
Systems Engineer (SOC Electrical Engineer) Clover Network, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 26, 2016 $190,000
Corporate Systems Engineer Luminate Wireless, Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 28, 2015 $190,000
Systems Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jul 25, 2016 $180,000
Systems Engineer Mixpanel, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 11, 2015 $180,000
Systems Engineer, SRE Google Inc. New York, NY Aug 20, 2016 $180,000
Integrated Systems Engineer Fast Enterprises LLC Atlanta, GA Jan 04, 2015 $177,000
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Top Skills for A Systems Engineer

WindowsServerHardwareNetworkInfrastructureTestProceduresDatabaseSQLServerActiveDirectoryBackupWebRemoteStorageLinuxDesktopUnixTroubleshootSetupTechnicalSupportDomainDNSPC

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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.

Top Systems Engineer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Systems Engineer

  1. Tata Consultancy Services
  2. Infosys Limited
  3. Lockheed Martin
  4. Cerner Corporation
  5. IBM
  6. Northrop Grumman
  7. Verizon Wireless
  8. Raytheon
  9. Hewlett Packard
  10. The Boeing Company
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