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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.

Knowledge

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

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

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

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
  • Persistence
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Dependability

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Web platform development software
  • Extensible HyperText Markup Language XHTML Hot Technology
  • Node.js Hot Technology
Development environment software
  • C Hot Technology
  • Verilog Hot Technology
Data base management system software
  • MongoDB Hot Technology
  • Oracle PL/SQL Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$88,510
$46,240
$139,390
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