This week’s career memes pay cheeky tribute to systems engineers, those professionals responsible for the integration of elements such as software, mechanics and electronics into a coherent and effective system.
In other words, systems engineers are responsible for the planning and engineering of the infrastructure of an organisation's systems. This includes the design and implementation of hardware and software, monitoring the systems' performance, and dealing with tools and processes to manage risks on projects.
The work of systems engineers can overlap with other engineering disciplines, such as control engineering, electrical engineering, and industrial engineering, and in areas such as project management.
Systems engineers typically possess a bachelor's degree in a specialised area, such as communications or transportation. They should also have strong analytical, leadership, communication, and decision-making skills, particularly the ability to make difficult decisions.
In Ireland, a systems engineer (computer networking/IT), can expect to earn an average annual salary of €36,518, according to PayScale.com.