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Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions.   (O'Net 15-1199.02)

 
Reported job titles:   .Net Architect, Computer Systems Architect, Electronic Data Interchange System Developer (EDI System Developer), Enterprise Architect, Information Architect, Knowledge Architect, Network Analyst, Network Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Requirements Engineer, Security Architect, Software Engineer, Solution Architect, System Architect, Systems Engineer, Technical Architect, Web Architect
 
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    Wages
    for Computer Occupations, All Other which includes:
                          - Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
                          - Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
                          - Web Administrators
                          - Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
                          - Geographic Information Systems Technicians
                          - Database Architects
                          - Data Warehousing Specialists
                          - Business Intelligence Analysts
                          - Information Technology Project Managers
                          - Search Marketing Strategists
                          - Video Game Designers
                          - Document Management Specialists
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 19.93   $ 30.37   $ 38.68   $ 50.08   $ 54.38   $ 39.10  
    Yearly $41,450   $63,180   $80,460   $104,160   $113,110   $81,330  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 21.06   $ 31.35   $ 39.84   $ 52.78   $ 54.38   $ 40.62  
    Yearly $43,800   $65,210   $82,860   $109,780   $113,110   $84,490  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 16.05   $ 26.77   $ 35.27   $ 42.87   $ 48.71   $ 34.33  
    Yearly $33,380   $55,680   $73,360   $89,180   $101,330   $71,410  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 23.55   $ 34.14   $ 39.68   $ 42.11   $ 45.67   $ 37.37  
    Yearly $48,980   $71,020   $82,530   $87,580   $94,990   $77,720  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Computer Occupations, All Other which includes:
                                  - Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
                                  - Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
                                  - Web Administrators
                                  - Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
                                  - Geographic Information Systems Technicians
                                  - Database Architects
                                  - Data Warehousing Specialists
                                  - Business Intelligence Analysts
                                  - Information Technology Project Managers
                                  - Search Marketing Strategists
                                  - Video Game Designers
                                  - Document Management Specialists
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 192 207 0.8% 4
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Computer Occupations, All Other which includes:
                                - Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
                                - Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
                                - Web Administrators
                                - Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
                                - Geographic Information Systems Technicians
                                - Database Architects
                                - Data Warehousing Specialists
                                - Business Intelligence Analysts
                                - Information Technology Project Managers
                                - Search Marketing Strategists
                                - Video Game Designers
                                - Document Management Specialists
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Federal government, all industries 33.8%
    Computer systems design and related services 11.9%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 5.9%
    Management of companies and enterprises 5.3%
    Insurance carriers and related activities 3.9%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
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  • Communicate with staff or clients to understand specific system requirements.
     
  • Provide advice on project costs, design concepts, or design changes.
     
  • Document design specifications, installation instructions, and other system-related information.
     
  • Verify stability, interoperability, portability, security, or scalability of system architecture.
     
  • Collaborate with engineers or software developers to select appropriate design solutions or ensure the compatibility of system components.
     
  • Evaluate current or emerging technologies to consider factors such as cost, portability, compatibility, or usability.
     
  • Provide technical guidance or support for the development or troubleshooting of systems.
     
  • Identify system data, hardware, or software components required to meet user needs.
     
  • Provide guidelines for implementing secure systems to customers or installation teams.
     
  • Monitor system operation to detect potential problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects  updated June 2008
     


    Knowledge
    for Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects  updated June 2008
     


    Skills
    for Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
     
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects  updated June 2008
     


    Work Activities
    for Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
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  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects  updated June 2008
     


    Interests
    for Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
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  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects  updated June 2008
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects  updated June 2008
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Computer Science.
     
    • Information Technology Project Management. (NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects 
     

     
     
     
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