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Systems Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Creates computer and data communication networks for companies and organizations. Plans and designs layout for a network, determines the hardware needed and placement of computers, servers, cables and routers; determines data storage and system capacity, speed and software needed for a system.

Job Outlook

There were 3296 Systems Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 121583 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Computer Systems Engineer / Architect industry, which includes the Systems Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Systems 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 $105,145.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $103,087.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Systems Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $92,090.

Education and Experience

Posted Systems 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 Degree3%
Bachelor's Degree60%
Master's Degree33%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other4%

Posted Systems 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 years11%
3 to 5 years42%
6 to 8 years23%
9+ years24%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Systems 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.

  • Communication Skills (37%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (27%)
  • Troubleshooting (26%)
  • Planning (25%)
  • Problem Solving (22%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Systems Engineering (54%)
  • Python (22%)
  • Linux (21%)
  • VMware (12%)
  • Virtualization (9%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Software Development (16%)
  • Java (14%)
  • Software Engineering (12%)
  • SQL (12%)
  • Project Management (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Windows Server (6%)
  • Hardware and Software Configuration (5%)
  • Hardware Experience (4%)
  • Software Architecture (4%)
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Systems Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Senior Systems Engineer
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Cloud Security Engineer
  • Java Architect

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 Systems Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Raytheon (4205)
  • Northrop Grumman (4036)
  • L3Harris (1909)
  • The Boeing Company (1879)
  • Amazon (1479)

North Carolina

  • Wells Fargo (111)
  • Bank of America (77)
  • Microsoft Corporation (54)
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc (48)
  • Verizon Communications Incorporated (43)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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