Computer Systems Engineer/Architect  What They Do

Just the Facts


Designs and develops solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Performs systems management and integration functions.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Information Support and Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Verifies stability, interoperability, portability, security, or scalability of system architecture.
  • Develops system engineering, software engineering, system integration, or distributed system architectures.
  • Collaborates with engineers or software developers to select appropriate design solutions or ensure the compatibility of system components.
  • Identifies system data, hardware, or software components required to meet user needs.
  • Communicates with staff or clients to understand specific system requirements.
  • Researches, tests, or verifies proper functioning of software patches and fixes.
  • Provides advice on project costs, design concepts, or design changes.
  • Performs security analyses of developed or packaged software components.
  • Provides technical guidance or support for the development or troubleshooting of systems.
  • Documents design specifications, installation instructions, and other system-related information.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

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