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Working As A Communications Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $56,343

    Average Salary

What Does A Communications Analyst Do

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Network architects must have extensive knowledge of an organization’s business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals.

Duties

Computer network architects typically do the following:

  • Create plans and layouts for data communication networks
  • Present plans to management and explain why they are in the organization’s best interest to pursue them
  • Consider information security when designing networks
  • Upgrade hardware, such as routers or adaptors, and software, such as network drivers, as needed to support computer networks
  • Research new networking technologies to determine what would best support their organization in the future

Computer network architects, or network engineers, often work with their organization’s chief technology officer (CTO) to predict where the organization will most need new networks. They spend most of their time planning these new networks. Some computer network architects work with engineers such as computer hardware engineers who help build the network a network architect has designed. Network architects are often experienced staff and have 5 to 10 years of experience working in network administration or with other information technology (IT) systems.

Computer network architects also create models to predict future network needs by analyzing current data traffic and estimating how growth will affect the network. They also keep up to date on new hardware and software technology and test how it can improve network performance. In addition, computer network architects have to keep security in mind and when network vulnerabilities arise, implement security patches or other countermeasures.

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Most computer network architects have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field and experience in a related occupation, such as network and computer systems administrators.

Education

Computer network architects usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, engineering, or a related field. Degree programs in a computer-related field give network architects hands-on laboratory work in classes such as network security or database design. These programs prepare network architects to be able to work with the wide array of technologies used in networks.

Employers of network architects sometimes prefer applicants to have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. MBA programs generally require 2 years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Network architects generally need to have at least 5 to 10 years of experience working with information technology (IT) systems. They often have experience as a network and computer system administrator but also may come from other computer-related occupations such as database administrator or computer systems analyst.

Certification

Certification programs are generally offered by product vendors or software firms. Vendor-specific certification verifies a set of skills to ensure network architects are able to work in specific networking environments. Companies may require their network architects to be certified in the products they use.

Advancement

Some network architects advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer network architects have to examine data networks and decide how to best connect the networks based on the needs and resources of the organization.

Detail oriented. Computer network architects create comprehensive plans of the networks they are creating with precise information describing how the network parts will work together.

Interpersonal skills. These workers must be able to work with different types of employees to successfully design and implement computer and information networks.

Leadership skills. Many computer network architects direct teams of engineers who build the networks they have designed, such as computer hardware engineers.

Organizational skills. Computer network architects who work for large firms must coordinate many different types of communication networks and make sure they work well together.

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Communications Analyst Career Paths

Communications Analyst
Communications Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Business Partner
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Technical Delivery Manager
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Communications Consultant Communications Director Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Area Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Marketing Communications Manager Communications Director Director, Corporate Communications
Director, Global Marketing Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Global Information Technology Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Manager Information Systems Manager
Information Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Communications Consultant Account Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Infrastructure Project Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Marketing Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Marketing Communications Manager Office Manager Project Coordinator
Senior Project Coordinator
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Project Manager Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior Project Manager Account Director
Strategist
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Analyst Senior Operations Analyst
Vending Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Analyst 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Communications Analyst
Internship 13.5%
Analyst 4.6%
Consultant 3.8%
Top Careers After Communications Analyst
Consultant 8.5%
Manager 6.3%
Analyst 4.3%

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Communications Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

51.8%

Male

46.1%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.1%

Portuguese

14.6%

French

11.0%

Arabic

7.3%

Chinese

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Indonesian

1.2%

German

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Persian

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Thai

1.2%
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Communications Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.1%

Strayer University

8.1%

Johns Hopkins University

6.3%

New York University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.6%

Syracuse University

5.0%

Illinois State University

5.0%

Ohio State University

5.0%

University of Texas at Austin

5.0%

James Madison University

4.4%

George Mason University

4.4%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Northwestern University

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

Georgetown University

3.8%

Villanova University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

University of Alabama

3.1%

Wayne State University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

23.3%

Communication

12.8%

Marketing

8.1%

Public Relations

5.3%

Computer Science

5.2%

English

5.2%

Management

5.0%

Political Science

3.9%

Journalism

3.9%

Information Technology

3.6%

Project Management

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Psychology

2.6%

Finance

2.4%

Business Communications

2.4%

International Relations

2.1%

Accounting

2.1%

Public Administration

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.0%

Masters

30.0%

Other

13.4%

Associate

7.0%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.8%
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Real Communications Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Marketing Communications Analyst Cars Universal Inc. Emeryville, CA Jan 12, 2016 $134,347
Communications Analyst for Media Production Worldrace Productions, Inc. El Segundo, CA Nov 01, 2013 $124,800
Corporate Communications Analyst Visionaire Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 29, 2015 $120,000
Communications Analyst Eleven Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 12, 2016 $120,000
Communications Analyst for Media Productions Worldrace Productions, Inc. El Segundo, CA Nov 01, 2011 $119,600
Communications Analyst Eleven Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 26, 2015 $105,186
Communications Analyst Eleven Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 01, 2015 $105,186
Communications Analyst Eleven Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 03, 2015 $105,186
Communications Analyst Eleven Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 19, 2015 $105,186
Marketing and Communications Analyst Chartis Global Services, Inc. New York, NY Jan 24, 2011 $97,381
Communications Analyst Synovate, Inc. Mahwah, NJ Jan 02, 2012 $90,304
Communications Analyst Ipsos-Insight, LLC Mahwah, NJ Feb 04, 2013 $90,304
Marketing Communications Analyst Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC Phoenix, AZ Aug 18, 2016 $63,000
Japan Business Communications Analyst Logistician Menehune Water Company, Inc. Aiea, HI Sep 13, 2011 $63,000 -
$90,000
Marketing Communications Analyst (Applications Engineer) Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC Phoenix, AZ Sep 15, 2016 $63,000
Media and Communications Analyst Energy Enterprises USA, Inc. CA Feb 01, 2012 $62,400
Media and Communication Analyst Energy Enterprises USA, Inc. CA Feb 15, 2012 $62,400
Media and Communications Analyst Energy Enterprises USA, Inc. CA Feb 15, 2012 $62,400
Communications and Campaign Analyst Parliamentarians for Global Action New York, NY Aug 17, 2014 $61,500
Communications Analyst Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of The Southeast, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 19, 2015 $50,965
Media Communications Analyst Virginia International University Fairfax, VA Jan 27, 2014 $50,000
Communications Analyst Lord & Taylor LLC New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $50,000
Communications Analyst Teneo Holdings LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $50,000
Political Communications Analyst Rockstar Games, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $50,000
Marketing and Communications Analyst Cognac One, LLC New York, NY Aug 23, 2015 $50,000
Research and Communications Analyst Morningstar, Inc. Chicago, IL May 05, 2011 $50,000

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  3. Data Analysis
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  • Web administrator for agency-wide intranet site, applying information architecture, governance and best practice approaches to reorganization of site.
  • Develop formal volunteer management program at the national and Chapter level including policies and procedures and a national volunteer recognition program.
  • Provided data analysis and utilized incident report computer systems.
  • Organized and implemented first ever intranet-based Photo Gallery for global company use.
  • Aided Engineers in designing circuit architecture and performed Computer Aided Design for field personnel.

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