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Computer Systems Engineer/Architect

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Computer Systems Engineers - Architects Career Video

About This Career

Designs and develops solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Performs systems management and integration functions.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Information Support and Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Verifies stability, interoperability, portability, security, or scalability of system architecture.
  • Collaborates with engineers or software developers to select appropriate design solutions or ensure the compatibility of system components.
  • Develops system engineering, software engineering, system integration, or distributed system architectures.
  • Identifies system data, hardware, or software components required to meet user needs.
  • Communicates with staff or clients to understand specific system requirements.
  • Researches, tests, or verifies proper functioning of software patches and fixes.
  • Provides advice on project costs, design concepts, or design changes.
  • Performs security analyses of developed or packaged software components.
  • Provides technical guidance or support for the development or troubleshooting of systems.
  • Documents design specifications, installation instructions, and other system-related information.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Electronic Data Interchange System Developer (EDI System Developer)
  • Systems Architect
  • Systems Engineer — Analyzes technical and business problems and recommends solutions to clients and engineers. Responsible for designing and implementing improvements to hardware and software of computers.
  • Information Technology Architect (IT Architect)
  • Network and Infrastructure Engineer
  • Network Engineer — Designs and implements computer networks.
  • Solutions Architect
  • Systems Consultant


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