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Data Center Technician / Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Organizes data access, maintenance and access support to a data center. Maybe help to store and organize data, such as an organization's records or financial information. Ensures that users can easily access the information they need and that data are protected from unauthorized access.

Job Outlook

There were 233 Data Center Technician / Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 7543 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Database Administrator industry, which includes the Data Center Technician / Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Data Center Technician / Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $67,554.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $70,614.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Data Center Technician / Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $48,215.

Education and Experience

Posted Data Center Technician / Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree11%
Bachelor's Degree37%
Master's Degree12%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other40%

Posted Data Center Technician / Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years35%
3 to 5 years41%
6 to 8 years12%
9+ years12%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Data Center Technician / Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Troubleshooting (46%)
  • Communication Skills (41%)
  • Problem Solving (23%)
  • Planning (19%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (19%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Cabling (30%)
  • Repair (22%)
  • Linux (21%)
  • Cisco (13%)
  • System/Network Configuration (8%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Project Management (14%)
  • Scheduling (14%)
  • Customer Service (13%)
  • Hardware and Software Installation (13%)
  • HVAC (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Network Hardware (6%)
  • Network Infrastructure (Edge POE Devices) (6%)
  • Hardware Support (5%)
  • Virtualization (5%)
  • Windows Server (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Data Center Technician / Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Data Center Technician
  • Data Center Engineer
  • Data Center Manager
  • Data Center Technician II
  • Data Center Operations Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Data Center Technician / Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Amazon (373)
  • CBRE Group (202)
  • Google Inc. (181)
  • Facebook (170)
  • Peter Kazella & Associates, Inc (108)

North Carolina

  • Cisco Systems Incorporated (23)
  • Segra (13)
  • CBRE Group (12)
  • Xoriant Incorporated (8)
  • Black Box Corporation (5)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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