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Working As A Windows 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

  • $93,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Windows 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 Windows 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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Windows Engineer Career Paths

Windows Engineer
Windows System Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Migration Engineer Architect Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Migration Engineer Architect Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Migration Engineer Architect Senior Programmer Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Citrix Engineer Citrix Administrator Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Citrix Engineer Senior Technician Specialist Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Windows Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Windows Engineer Senior Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Engineer Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Vmware Consultant Solutions Architect Network Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Citrix Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Citrix Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Server Engineer 2.6 years
Citrix Engineer 2.1 years
Windows Engineer 2.0 years
Vmware Consultant 1.9 years
Migration Engineer 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Windows Engineer
Engineer 3.3%
Consultant 3.2%
Top Careers After Windows Engineer
Engineer 6.6%

Do you work as a Windows Engineer?

Average Yearly Salary
$93,000
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$73,000
Min 10%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
DSW
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Windows Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Windows Engineer in the United States is $93,773 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $73,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $119,000.

Real Windows Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Windows Engineer Barnes &Noble.com Palo Alto, CA May 31, 2012 $148,000
Windows Engineer Github, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2015 $145,000
Windows Engineer Signature Commercial Solutions, LLC Pennington, NJ Oct 04, 2010 $135,000
Endpoint/Windows Engineer Mindlance, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 28, 2016 $120,000
Windows Kernel Engineer Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 20, 2013 $110,000
Windows Engineer JP Morgan Chase & Co Columbus, OH Jun 05, 2015 $99,000
Windows Engineer Copart, Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 12, 2016 $95,000
Lead Windows Engineer AAC, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 13, 2010 $92,830
Lead Windows Engineer AAC, Inc. Washington, DC Mar 26, 2013 $92,810
Windows Engineer Anchorfree, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 01, 2012 $85,000
Lead Windows Engineer-Consultant Rite Pros, Inc. Portland, ME Oct 09, 2015 $78,000
Lead Windows Engineer-Consultant Rite Pros, Inc. Portland, ME May 20, 2015 $78,000
Microsoft Windows/Active Directory Engineer Petadigit Islandia, NY Dec 09, 2013 $76,259

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Top Skills for A Windows Engineer

  1. Vmware
  2. Windows XP
  3. Virtual Machines
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed and successfully implemented VMware ESXi4.0/4.1 servers for server consolidation.
  • Perform responsibilities of implementing Windows XP and hardware applications.
  • Project Overview: Responsibilities to build, rebuild, configure, migrate, decommission and troubleshoot Windows, Linux virtual machines.
  • Planned and coordinated the implementation of Active Directory Migration for the unclassified and classified network.
  • Supported and Managed VMwareESX3.5and vSphere 4.0 and4.1 infrastructure in production/non production environments.

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Top 10 Best States for Windows Engineers

  1. Maryland
  2. Virginia
  3. District of Columbia
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Washington
  6. Connecticut
  7. Texas
  8. California
  9. New Jersey
  10. Rhode Island
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Windows Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.9%

Unknown

11.6%

Female

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

52.9%

Asian

17.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

6.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Japanese

33.3%

Russian

16.7%

Urdu

16.7%

Dari

16.7%

Mandarin

16.7%
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Windows Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.6%

Kent State University

7.1%

Mississippi State University

7.1%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

5.4%

Strayer University

5.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.4%

Western Governors University

3.6%

Miami Dade College

3.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.6%

Saint John's University - New York

3.6%

Adelphi University

3.6%

Brigham Young University

3.6%

A-Technical College

3.6%

Western Illinois University

3.6%

Harding University

3.6%

Lamar University

3.6%

Vatterott College - Sunset Hills

3.6%

Colorado Technical University

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

Monroe Community College

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

21.5%

Information Technology

12.0%

Business

10.5%

Computer Information Systems

9.5%

Computer Networking

6.0%

Engineering

5.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Information Systems

3.5%

Computer Engineering

3.5%

Management

3.0%

Finance

2.5%

Psychology

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%

Computer Technical Support

2.0%

Economics

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%

Computer Systems Security

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.0%

Masters

19.5%

Other

17.0%

Associate

10.4%

Diploma

2.5%

Certificate

1.7%
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