Computer Systems Engineer/Architect

About the job:

What you do

As a Computer Systems Engineer/Architect, you provide advice to clients regarding the appropriate hardware and/or software to ensure that their computer systems meet their needs. You may also be involved in a hands-on manner during the acquisition, installation, testing, and implementation phases of the project. 

The tough stuff

As a Computer Systems Engineer/Architect, you will have to:

  • Work long hours
  • Be held accountable. Computer systems are complicated, and sometimes in spite of your best efforts things just do not work the way they're supposed to. Nevertheless, you are responsible for finding the problem and fixing it! 
The cool stuff

As a Computer Systems Engineer/Architect, you will get to:

  • Play an integral role in the success of businesses in many industries
  • Work in virtually any industry, from software development and robotics, to nanotechnology or civil engineering
Typical work hours
  • 40+ hours a week

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Math
  • Physics
  • IT
Best high school track(s)
  • General Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Understanding written information
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Programming, Computer Engineering, Management Information Systems, Electrical Engineering, or a similar computer-related field.
  • Master's Degree is preferable
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