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Systems Engineer
Systems engineers are mainly responsible for coordinating all the computer-related systems available in a company. They work closely with database administrators, and develop and change databases to ensure an environment that is streamlined and automated.

Systems engineers are also responsible for the integration of systems and maintenance of the system flow. They must have extensive knowledge in a similar environment where functions such as engineering, development and the integration of systems are central to the company concerned.

Advanced knowledge of database design is essential to be a successful candidate for this career. Systems engineers also integrate databases with all their tables and information into the technical hardware used by the company. This takes place in conjunction with the network administrator.

Systems engineers work closely with the development team in an office environment, occasionally visiting server and backup rooms to ensure that the complete system is engineered in a successful and automated way.

Some examples of such systems are water and food distribution networks, experimental manned space flights and military defence programmes. Systems engineers also work on telephone systems, electrical power systems, and sewage systems.

Satisfying Aspects
- many areas to choose from, thus working in your field of interest   
- solving problems
- opportunity to be creative
- variety and challenge of the work
- good salaries

Demanding aspects
- working long hours to finish a project
- heavy responsibility associated with the work
- highly pressurised environment

- have development and technical skills
- able to handle pressure
- able to function well as a a team player
- good at organisation
- inquiring, analytical mind
- have sound judgement and be responsible
- good problem-solving skills

School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course

Each institution will have its own minimum entry requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: Mathematics, Physical Sciences
Recommended Subjects: Information Technology, Electrical Technology

Degree: useful courses would be Computer Science - Software, Programming, Electrical / Electronic Engineering, Network Systems, Database Management etc. most universities, e.g. UP, Wits, NMMU, US, UZ, UNISA

Diploma: CUT, CPUT, MUT, TUT, VUT.

- government agencies
- computer companies
- any large corporate company that needs a dedicated coordinator / engineer to maintain its IT environment.