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SYSTEMS ENGINEER: I Like To Help People And I Like To Problem Solve

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Patty shares her story of working as a principal systems engineer.
She describes what she does in this position to make sure computers stay online so business can keep on functioning. She also talks about how boredom at her job was the catalyst for her to go back to school and get more involved in Information Technology (I.T.). Patty says she wishes she would have gone straight to college right out of high school and worked hard and gotten scholarships instead of student loans.

Job Title: Systems Engineer

Job Summary: Computer Systems Analysts

Job Description

Computer systems analysts study an organization's current computer systems and procedures and make recommendations to management to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$50,000 - $120,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork

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m='13630'>computer</span> <span m='14030'>systems for</span> <span m='14530'>business.</span> </p><p><span m='16239'>I</span> <span m='16300'>started</span> <span m='16630'>as</span> <span m='16770'>a</span> <span m='16820'>secretary</span> <span m='17500'>for</span> <span m='17970'>a</span> <span m='19940'>director</span> <span m='20380'>of</span> <span m='20460'>IT.</span> <span m='21250'>And</span> <span m='21500'>it</span> <span m='21610'>was</span> <span m='21830'>kind</span> <span m='22000'>of</span> <span m='22050'>boring,</span> <span m='22450'>so</span> <span m='22660'>I</span> <span m='22750'>started</span> <span m='23090'>getting</span> <span m='23360'>into</span> <span m='23570'>the</span> <span m='23740'>IT.</span> <span m='24680'>And</span> <span m='24880'>then</span> <span m='25160'>I</span> <span m='25280'>went</span> <span m='25480'>back</span> <span m='25660'>to</span> <span m='25770'>college,</span> <span m='26550'>and</span> <span m='26870'>went</span> <span m='27170'>for</span> <span m='27310'>two</span> <span m='27510'>years.</span> <span m='28740'>And</span> <span m='28970'>then</span> <span m='29100'>I</span> <span m='29160'>went</span> <span m='29330'>back</span> <span m='29520'>for</span> <span m='29630'>another</span> <span m='29870'>two.</span> <span m='30440'>And then</span> <span m='30670'>I</span> <span m='30710'>went</span> <span m='30850'>back</span> <span m='31020'>for</span> <span m='31140'>another</span> <span m='31400'>two</span> <span m='31650'>and</span> <span m='31770'>got</span> <span m='31950'>my</span> <span m='32030'>Master's</span> <span m='32619'>degree</span> <span m='33040'>in</span> <span m='33280'>Information</span> <span m='34206'>Systems.</span> </p><p><span m='34980'>I</span> <span m='35150'>would have</span> <span m='35320'>went</span> <span m='35470'>to</span> <span m='35760'>school</span> <span m='35980'>right out of</span> <span m='36430'>high</span> <span m='36695'>school,</span> <span m='37280'>instead</span> <span m='37610'>of</span> <span m='37670'>going</span> <span m='37860'>to</span> <span m='37920'>college</span> <span m='38280'>after.</span> <span m='38970'>I</span> <span m='39130'>was</span> <span m='39340'>already</span> <span m='39690'>out</span> <span m='39840'>of</span> <span m='39900'>high</span> <span m='40280'>school.</span> <span m='40900'>I</span> <span m='41080'>would</span> <span m='41250'>have</span> <span m='41550'>worked</span> <span m='41830'>hard</span> <span m='42350'>and</span> <span m='42720'>done</span> <span m='43010'>well</span> <span m='43360'>in</span> <span m='43440'>school</span> <span m='43920'>and</span> <span m='44200'>gotten</span> <span m='44520'>scholarships,</span> <span m='45550'>instead</span> <span m='46380'>of</span> <span m='46530'>student</span> <span m='46890'>loans.</span> </p><p><span m='49600'>I</span> <span m='49820'>like</span> <span m='49990'>to</span> <span m='50050'>help</span> <span m='50240'>people.</span> <span m='52110'>And</span> <span m='52310'>I</span> <span m='52350'>like</span> <span m='52540'>to</span> <span m='53370'>problem</span> <span m='53770'>solve,</span> <span m='54100'>so</span> <span m='54450'>it</span> <span m='54780'>works.</span> </p><p><span m='57860'>IT</span> <span m='58160'>systems</span> <span m='58630'>run</span> <span m='58880'>24/7,</span> <span m='60100'>so</span> <span m='60920'>there's</span> <span m='61210'>a</span> <span m='61270'>lot</span> <span m='61480'>of</span> <span m='61660'>phone calls in</span> <span m='61975'>the</span> <span m='62290'>middle of the</span> <span m='62700'>night.</span> <span m='63520'>There's</span> <span m='63880'>a</span> <span m='63930'>lot</span> <span m='64120'>of</span> <span m='64230'>working</span> <span m='64560'>for</span> <span m='64890'>three</span> <span m='65120'>or four</span> <span m='65180'>days</span> <span m='65760'>straight</span> <span m='66370'>without</span> <span m='66695'>many</span> <span m='67020'>breaks.</span> <span m='67980'>It's</span> <span m='68260'>very</span> <span m='68700'>hectic,</span> <span m='69230'>especially</span> <span m='69720'>when</span> <span m='70210'>you</span> <span m='70490'>work</span> <span m='70720'>for a</span> <span m='70840'>business</span> <span m='71640'>that needs to be</span> <span m='71960'>running</span> <span m='72330'>all</span> <span m='72520'>the</span> <span m='72630'>time.</span> </p>","file":{"id":291097,"video_id":"2714797289001","name":"1224-Patty-p-Systems Engineer","duration":74188,"thumbnail_url":null}});