Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

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About the Job

Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions.

It is also Called

  • Computer Systems Architect
  • Electronic Data Interchange System Developer (EDI System Developer)
  • Enterprise Architect
  • Firmware Engineer
  • Information Architect
  • Information Systems Security Developer
  • Knowledge Architect
  • Linux Engineer
  • Linux Systems Engineer
  • .Net Architect
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What They Do

  • 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.
  • Provide technical guidance or support for the development or troubleshooting of systems.
  • Evaluate current or emerging technologies to consider factors such as cost, portability, compatibility, or usability.
  • Identify system data, hardware, or software components required to meet user needs.
  • Provide customers or installation teams guidelines for implementing secure systems.
  • Monitor system operation to detect potential problems.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IRC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Recognition and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • 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.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $78,430 with most people making between $37,660 and $116,750

Outlook

0.09%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 7,520 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 7,590 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 7 openings due to growth and about 93 replacement openings for approximately 100 total annual openings.