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SYSTEM ENGINEER: As Long As You Like Technology, It's A Great Thing To Do

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Dammions shares his story about being a senior system engineer for a large city in Texas. We caught up with him at a high tech conference focusing on cloud and virtualization software and services and Dammions shares how he uses that type of technology (known as VMWare) in his line of work. He also talks to us about his career path in technology which started in high school and shares what he knows now about his career that he didn't know when he first started. Dammions says there's money in this field, but as long as you like technology, it's a great thing to do.

Degree: Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management - Political Science
Job Title: Senior System Engineer
Employer: City of Garland

Job Summary: Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Job Description

Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of an organization's computer networks. They organize, install, and support an organization's computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

On-the-Job Training


Additional Info

In 2010, over 90 percent of network and computer systems administrators worked full time. Most organizations depend on their computer networks, so many administrators work overtime to ensure that the networks are operating properly. Administrators may have to be at work outside of normal business hours to resolve problems.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by Microsoft, Red Hat, and Cisco.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$45,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Office, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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