Systems Engineer

What do they do?

Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions. 

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Some typical job duties include:

  • Communicate with staff or clients to understand specific system requirements.
  • Provide advice on project costs, design concepts, or design changes.
  • Document design specifications, installation instructions, and other system- related information.
  • Verify stability, interoperability, portability, security, or scalability of system architecture.
  • Collaborate with engineers or software developers to select appropriate design solutions or ensure the compatibility of system components. 

Most Important Occupational Skills:

Basic Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension

Technical Skills

  • Operations Analysis 
  • Programing

Social Skills

  • Coordination
  • Instruction
  • Persuasion

 Systems Skills

  • Systems Evaluation
  • System Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making

Problem Solving Skills

  • Complex Problem Solving 

Resource Management Skills

  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Management of Financial Resources

Just the Facts

  • Salary range: $50,000-$110,000+
  • Education and Professional Requirements: Entry — Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience; Mid-level — Bachelor's degree, project management experience, multiple years related work experience; Executive — Bachelor's degree, many years related work experience, professional certification 
  • Possible career path: Entry-Level Systems Engineer > Senior Systems Engineer > Chief Information Officer/ Chief Technology Officer 

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