UGA Specific Information for Computer Systems Engineering

Engineering is about creating new solutions to existing or future problems. Engineers are problem solvers who employ science, math, analysis and synthesis to design unique and practical solutions to everyday problems. They must accomplish this often under the constraints of time, budgets, and safety and health issues. Engineers also must be concerned about the environmental, political and social impact their answers will create.

The computer systems engineering discipline integrates several fields of electrical engineering and computer science required to develop computer hardware and software. Computer engineers are involved in many hardware and software aspects of computing, from the design of individual microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers, to circuit design. 

Class of 2023 Career Outcomes for Computer Systems Engineering*

** Includes Self-Employed

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Possible Career Paths in Computer Systems Engineering

  • Application Analyst: Combine the maintenance of IT services with working face-to-face users who need technical support. Administrate, monitor, and maintain software infrastructures and applications.  

  • Circuit Designer: Use software and hardware to design, test, and troubleshoot electrical systems that perform specific functions. Different projects may include designing new computer chips or other integrated circuits, creating custom electronics for consumer products like smartphones or appliances, or developing industrial control systems for manufacturing plants or power plants. 

  • Computer Network Architects: Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning, including analysis of capacity needs for network infrastructure. 

  • Computer Security Engineer: Build the systems used to protect computer systems and networks and track incidents. Implement and monitor security controls to protect an organization's data from cyber-attacks, loss, or unauthorized access. 

  • Computer Programmer: Write the code that allows all computer applications to run. Responsible for the millions of lines of code it takes to run everything from phones to satellites to EKG machines.  

  • Computer Support Specialist: Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.  

  • Database Administrator: Oversee an organization's information, and walk the fine line between optimizing data accessibility for the firm and defending digital property from hackers. Protect existing databases by backing them up and developing airtight internal security measures. 

  • Electronics Engineer: Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use by employing knowledge of electronics theory and materials properties. 

  • Hardware Engineer: Design, implement, and test the hardware and systems that optimize a computer's performance. Influence the direction of computer technology development. 

  • IT Architect: Envision, design, and provide the foundation for new and improved information management and communication networks. Lead teams and work with designers and developers to create organizational systems that make information retrieval and use simple.  

  • IT Consultant: Work with a variety of clients and advise them on how to best use information technology to meet their business objectives and overcome obstacles. Meet with clients, define project scopes, travel to customer sites, analyze IT requirements, and develop solutions to problems. Help with the implementation of new systems in a business.  

  • Machine Learning Engineer (Artificial Intelligence): Utilize a method of data analysis that automates analytical model building. A branch of AI, the method is based on the idea that systems can learn from code and data, identify patterns, and make decisions with minimal human intervention. 

  • Network Administrator: Act as the chief operating officers of computer networks. Play a pivotal role within companies and organizations by handling day-to-day operations while monitoring both local area networks and wide area networks and related equipment.  

  • Security Analyst: Protect an organization's computer network from cyber threats and security breaches through defense planning and incident response.  

  • Software Developer: Create and maintain computer programs. Develop systems to run devices and computer-related tasks. Specialize in either applications or systems software.  

  • Systems Analyst: Evaluate an organization's computer systems and processes to help clients operate their businesses more efficiently. Conduct in-depth system testing, research emerging technologies, and prepare cost analysis reports for clients. 

  • Systems Architect: Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. 

  • Systems Manager: Oversee and coordinate an organization's IT operations. Depending on the organization and the individual's specific title, duties may range from running a single IT department to overseeing all decision pertaining to a company's use of technology. 

  • Web Developer: Design and code the websites we use every day. Responsible for a site's visual presentation, interactive features, capacity, and backend structure. 

Other Job Titles: Firmware Engineer, Backend Developer, Cloud Analyst, Software Applicant Engineer, IT Associate, Radio Frequency Engineer Associate, Technology Product Consultant, Network Engineer 

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2023 Computer Systems Engineering majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
1025 Church Associate Pastor
A&E Engineering, Inc. Applications Developer
Analatom, Inc. Senior Software Engineer
AT&T TDP Engineer I - Systems and Devops
Avalanche Energy Electrical Engineer
Blue Canyon Technologies Software Engineer
CGI Consultant
FAST Enterprises, LLC Implementation Consultant
KBR Inc. NASA Arc Software Engineer
Lockheed Martin Associate Software Engineer
Manhattan Associates Software Consultant
Manhattan Associates Software Implementation Consultant
NCR Corporation Software Engineer
Northrop Grumman Electronics Engineer
Northrop Grumman DevOps Engineer
Optum Software Engineer
The Duracell Company Industrial Technologies Engineer
Utility, Inc. Software Engineer
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*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2023 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2023 Computer Systems Engineering majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Georgia Institute of Technology Computer Science, MS
University of Georgia Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering Emphasis, MS
University of Georgia Engineering, MS
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