Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

risk level
Based on 352 votes
by year 2032
or $47.47 per hour
as of 2022

Employment data isn't available specifically for this occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so we are using the data from Computer Occupations, All Other.


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Automation risk

18% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Negotiation

  • Persuasion

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

41% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, employees may be able to find reassurance in the automated risk level we have generated, which shows 18% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Computer Systems Engineers/Architects will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Computer Occupations, All Other' job openings is expected to rise 10.1% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Computer Occupations, All Other' was $98,740, or $47 per hour

'Computer Occupations, All Other' were paid 113.2% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 416,320 people employed as 'Computer Occupations, All Other' within the United States.

This represents around 0.28% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 355 people are employed as 'Computer Occupations, All Other'.

Job description

Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions.

SOC Code: 15-1299.08


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Corydon Hinton (Uncertain) says
Aspects of the job may be augmented by automation but extracting and negotiating requirements and mapping to technical domains will require communication, originality, and social skills.
May 08, 2023 at 10:37 PM
Lew Jacobs (Moderate) says
ML may not replace 100%, but it can narrow potential options and mitigate risk better than humans, and leave low-value workers to whittle down from the output shortlist. ML can already conduct interviews that branch dynamically according to discovered heuristics. A challenge may be interacting with humans and other systems to deal with small but messy and long lists of items that require ad hoc classification.
Nov 03, 2022 at 03:13 AM
Mannery Rivera says
Machine learning offers opportunities to improve efficiency and mitigate risks across various fields. Although it may limit options and gradually reduce low-value workers in certain cases, it is not a perfect or complete solution. The interaction between humans and ML systems is crucial, especially when addressing complex challenges such as ad hoc data classification. It is essential to carefully consider both the benefits and limitations of ML, ensuring that its implementation is carried out ethically and that human and social interests are protected.
Feb 27, 2024 at 05:18 PM

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