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Careers in Systems Engineering

Demand is soaring for systems engineers, as what was once a niche job in the aerospace and defense industries becomes commonplace among a diverse and expanding universe of employers, from medical device makers to corporations like Xerox and BMW.

Systems engineers are the "big think" managers on large, complex projects, from major transportation networks to military defense programs. They figure out the technical specifications required and coordinate the efforts of lower-level engineers working on specific aspects of the project.

Some of the employers who have hired Cornell systems engineering graduates in the past few years include:

  • Apple
  • BAE Systems
  • Bain & Company
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Cayuga Medical Center
  • Cisco Systems
  • Citi
  • Delphi
  • Diamond Management Consulting
  • Electric Power Group
  •  Exxon Mobil
  • General Electric
  • IBM Corporation
  • Indian Institute of Science
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Optiver Trader
  • Qualcomm, Inc.
  • Schweizer Aircraft Corp.
  • Toyota Motors
  • U.S. Navy
  • Vista Print
  • VSEA

Salary Statistics

The mean starting salary for 2015 Cornell systems engineering graduates was $80,806 for distance learning students and $74,050 for on-campus students.