Career Details for Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

Also called:

Architect, Information Technology Architect (IT Architect), Solution Architect, Systems Engineer

What they do:

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

On the job, you would:

  • Verify stability, interoperability, portability, security, or scalability of system architecture.
  • Develop system engineering, software engineering, system integration, or distributed system architectures.
  • Collaborate with engineers or software developers to select appropriate design solutions or ensure the compatibility of system components.

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Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Communications

  • telecommunications

pencil SKILLS

Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

trophy ABILITIES

Verbal

  • communicate by writing
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • create new and original ideas

Math

  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
  • Persistence
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Dependability

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You might use software like this on the job:

Web platform development software

  • Extensible HyperText Markup Language XHTML
  • Node.js

Development environment software

  • C
  • Verilog

Data base management system software

  • MongoDB
  • Oracle PL/SQL

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bachelor's degree or
master's degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

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AVERAGE

New job opportunities are likely in the future.

SALARY
$88,510


per year, on average
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