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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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Hispanic or Latino9.4%
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University of Phoenix12.6%
New York University5.7%
George Washington University5.7%
Johns Hopkins University5.7%
Illinois State University5.0%
Ohio State University5.0%
University of Texas at Austin5.0%
James Madison University4.4%
George Mason University4.4%
University of Maryland - University College3.8%
Virginia Commonwealth University3.8%
University of Alabama3.1%
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|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||Feb 19, 2015||$105,186|
|Communications Analyst||Eleven Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 03, 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||Synovate||Mahwah, NJ||Jan 02, 2012||$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 -
|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 15, 2012||$62,400|
|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|
|Communications and Campaign Analyst||Parliamentarians for Global Action||New York, NY||Aug 17, 2014||$61,500|
|Media Communications Analyst||Virginia International University||Fairfax, VA||Jan 27, 2014||$50,000|
|Research and Communications Analyst||Morningstar, Inc.||Chicago, IL||May 05, 2011||$50,000|
|Communications Analyst||Teneo Holdings LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2011||$50,000|
|Communications Analyst||Lord & Taylor LLC||New York, NY||Sep 08, 2015||$50,000|
|Marketing and Communications Analyst||Cognac One, LLC||New York, NY||Aug 23, 2015||$50,000|
|Political Communications Analyst||Rockstar Games, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$50,000|
|Marketing and Communications Analyst||Snow Logic, Inc.||Salt Lake City, UT||Dec 15, 2012||$49,400|
|Communications Analyst||Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of The Southeast, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 19, 2015||$48,398|
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