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Working As A Cisco Network Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $83,480

    Average Salary

What Does A Cisco Network Engineer Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Cisco Network Engineer

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Average Length of Employment
Network Designer 3.1 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Network Architect 2.9 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 2.7 years
Voip Engineer 2.6 years
Network Associate 2.6 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
WAN Engineer 2.2 years
Firewall Engineer 2.1 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.3%
Trainer 3.3%
Engineer 2.7%
Top Employers After
Engineer 2.3%
Consultant 2.3%

Cisco Network Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.8%

Female

11.8%

Unknown

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

69.4%

Asian

14.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Unknown

4.2%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.3%

Carrier

22.7%

Mandarin

13.6%

Portuguese

4.5%

Afrikaans

4.5%

Chinese

4.5%

German

4.5%

French

4.5%

Dutch

4.5%

Arabic

4.5%

Cantonese

4.5%
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Cisco Network Engineer Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

7.5%

Wichita State University

7.5%

Kaplan University

7.5%

University of Phoenix

7.5%

Auburn University

7.5%

Central Texas College

5.7%

Southern Methodist University

5.7%

The Academy

5.7%

Louisiana Tech University

3.8%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.8%

Duquesne University

3.8%

Excelsior College

3.8%

A-Technical College

3.8%

Strayer University

3.8%

Purdue University Calumet

3.8%

Colorado Technical University

3.8%

ITT Technical Institute-Norwood (Massachusetts)

3.8%

Saint Petersburg College

3.8%

Capital College

3.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

15.0%

Business

11.1%

Computer Information Systems

10.0%

Computer Networking

10.0%

Computer Engineering

8.9%

Electrical Engineering

8.9%

Information Technology

8.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.4%

Computer Systems Security

2.8%

Computer Technical Support

2.8%

Management Information Systems

2.2%

Chemistry

2.2%

Information Systems

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Project Management

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.1%

Educational Technology

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.3%

Other

22.9%

Associate

15.7%

Masters

14.8%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real Cisco Network Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senor Cisco Network Engineer World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc. Bloomington, IL Oct 27, 2014 $130,000 -
$160,000
Cisco IP Telephony Engineer Eloyalty Corporation Buffalo, NY Oct 26, 2009 $130,000
Cisco Network Engineer CRG Workforce, Inc. High Point, NC May 26, 2014 $120,000 -
$130,000
Senior Cisco Network Engineer World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc. Pleasanton, CA May 07, 2012 $120,000 -
$160,000
Cisco IP Telephony Engineer Facebook, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 08, 2010 $115,000
Cisco Ccie (Security) Engineer Datavox, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 29, 2014 $110,000
Cisco Network Engineer MTM Technologies, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Oct 08, 2016 $107,000
Cisco Network Engineer MTM Technologies, Inc. Norristown, PA Oct 08, 2016 $107,000
Cisco Unified Comm Engineer (Systems Engineer) AOS, LLC Fenton, MO Nov 04, 2013 $105,000
Senior Cisco Network Engineer Datavox, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 11, 2009 $103,000
Senor Cisco Collaboration Engineer World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc. Bloomington, IL Jan 01, 2015 $98,500 -
$110,000
Cisco Engineer Delta System & Software, Inc. Frisco, TX Jul 08, 2015 $96,000
Cisco Engineer Delta System &Amp; Software, Inc. Frisco, TX Sep 01, 2016 $96,000
Cisco Network Engineer Teksystems, Inc. New Kensington, PA Oct 01, 2011 $93,915
ISO Compliant Cisco Engineer Armory5, Inc. Syracuse, NY Jul 04, 2016 $91,125
Cisco Engineer Teksystems, Inc. Bloomington, IL May 21, 2015 $86,798
Cisco Network Engineer Javelin Soft Tech Inc. New York, NY Sep 05, 2014 $80,000
Cisco Network Engineer Imatrix Corp Montvale, NJ Sep 26, 2016 $78,000
Cisco Network Engineer CRG Workforce, Inc. High Point, NC Mar 16, 2015 $77,000 -
$125,000
Cisco Network Engineer H-3 Technologies, LLC Raleigh, NC Jan 19, 2016 $75,000
Cisco Certified Network Engineer Samurai Infotech LLC Cumming, GA Feb 03, 2015 $75,000
Cisco IP Telephony Engineer Align Communications Inc. New York, NY Feb 22, 2010 $75,000
Cisco Certified Network Engineer Samurai Infotech LLC Cumming, GA Sep 01, 2014 $75,000
Cisco Unified Collaboration Engineer Control Group, Inc. New York, NY Nov 18, 2013 $73,674 -
$110,000

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Top Skills for A Cisco Network Engineer

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Top Cisco Network Engineer Skills

  1. Series Routers
  2. Lan/Wan
  3. Firewalls
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Install and configure the Cisco 2800 Series routers with BRI and T1 Interfaces for business partners.
  • Install, configure, design, troubleshoot, manage & maintain hardware & software that comprise the LAN/WAN infrastructure.
  • Supported switches, routers, servers, and firewalls on an international basis.
  • Installed and configured protocols like TCP/IP and internet protocols o WAN network.
  • Maintained Cisco TACACS server and VPN accesses.

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