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Become A Computer Network Engineer

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Working As A Computer 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

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer 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 Computer 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
LAN Engineer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Computer Network Engineer
Technician 3.9%
Teacher 3.4%
Manager 3.4%
Consultant 2.9%
Top Careers After Computer Network Engineer
Consultant 3.2%

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Computer Network Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.6%

Unknown

11.7%

Female

9.6%
Ethnicity

White

55.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Asian

12.4%

Black or African American

11.2%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Chinese

11.1%

German

11.1%

Russian

11.1%

Mandarin

11.1%

Polish

11.1%

Arabic

11.1%
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Computer Network Engineer Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

15.4%

Strayer University

7.7%

Colorado Technical University

5.8%

University of Phoenix

5.8%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

5.8%

The Academy

5.8%

University of Northern Colorado

3.8%

Western Governors University

3.8%

Champlain College

3.8%

Old Dominion University

3.8%

Eastern New Mexico University

3.8%

New York Institute of Technology - Manhattan Campus

3.8%

East Carolina University

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

Texas State Technical College - Harlingen

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

Indiana State University

3.8%

New Hampshire Technical Institute

3.8%

ITT Technical Institute-Nashville

3.8%

Oklahoma State University

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.0%

Electrical Engineering

16.0%

Business

14.0%

Computer Engineering

8.5%

Computer Information Systems

8.0%

Computer Networking

7.0%

Information Technology

7.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Psychology

2.0%

Project Management

1.5%

Music

1.5%

Management Information Systems

1.5%

Computer Systems Security

1.5%

Engineering

1.5%

Computer Technical Support

1.5%

Law

1.5%

Education

1.5%

General Studies

1.5%

Information Systems

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.3%

Masters

21.5%

Other

19.2%

Associate

17.7%

Certificate

3.4%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

1.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$74,000
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$57,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
LogicWireless
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Computer Network Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Computer Network Engineer in the United States is $74,899 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $97,000.

Real Computer Network Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Computer Network Architect/Solutions Engineer Logic Wireless, Inc. Bellevue, WA Apr 05, 2016 $117,458
Computer Network Architect/Solutions Engineer Logic Wireless, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jun 13, 2016 $114,000
Computer and Network Engineer Exxonmobil Global Services Company Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $105,500 -
$152,000
Computer Network/Systems Engineer (AIX Administrator) Wabash Solutions, Inc. Atlanta, GA Apr 09, 2016 $104,350 -
$177,395
Computer Network/Systems Engineer (AIX Administrat Wabash Solutions Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 04, 2013 $104,350 -
$177,395
Computer and Network Engineer Exxonmobil Global Services Company Houston, TX Apr 03, 2014 $95,700 -
$170,611
Senior Computer Network Engineer Vision Technology Solutions, LLC Santa Monica, CA Dec 23, 2015 $94,994
Computer Network Engineer Holtec International, Inc. Lakeland, FL Jun 17, 2013 $89,500
Computer Network Engineer Holtec International Inc. Lakeland, FL Jun 17, 2010 $85,500
Computer Network Engineer Abridge Info Systems Inc. Chelmsford, MA Nov 04, 2016 $83,856
Computer Network Engineer Avighna Global Solutions LLC New York, NY Mar 28, 2016 $75,000
Computer Network Engineer Ziontech Solutions, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 15, 2015 $75,000
Network Engineer-Cloud Computing R & R Systems Inc. Seattle, WA May 22, 2015 $72,500
Computer Network Engineer Waynsys, Inc. Edison, NJ Nov 08, 2016 $72,000
Computer Network Engineer Vision Technology Solutions, LLC Santa Monica, CA Oct 01, 2014 $72,000
Computer Network Engineer Vision Internet Providers, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Aug 21, 2014 $72,000
Computer Network Engineer Waynsys, Inc. Edison, NJ Jan 10, 2016 $72,000
Computer Network Engineer VJ Technosoft Inc. Vienna, VA Sep 17, 2016 $70,500
Computer Network Engineer Nvesttech Inc. Pawtucket, RI Sep 15, 2015 $70,000
Computer Network Engineer Game CAFE Services Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 12, 2015 $64,050
Computer Network Systems Engineer Neteffects, Inc. Bloomington, IL Oct 01, 2011 $64,000
Computer Network Engineer Ziontech Solutions, Inc. Dallas, TX Dec 26, 2013 $63,294
Computer Network Engineer Agiltron, Inc. Woburn, MA Oct 01, 2012 $63,000
Computer Network Engineer Avenir Associates, Inc. Washington, DC Jun 18, 2015 $63,000
Computer Network Engineer International Systems Technologies, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 21, 2015 $62,000
Computer Network Engineer U-Combination Technology(USA) Inc. Wayne, PA Nov 22, 2010 $61,800
Computer Network Engineer Peach State Health Management LLC Gainesville, GA Jan 10, 2016 $60,500

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Top Skills for A Computer Network Engineer

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Customer Service
  3. Network Printers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed and configured computer hardware, operating systems and applications.
  • Maintain, identify and implement wireless communication packages to the Rochester market with a customer service focus.
  • Provided support for local and network printers.
  • Integrated, upgraded and maintained existing CISCO routers, switches and other lab equipment.
  • Installed and maintained all company hardware and software, assembled and upgraded PC's, assisted with network management.

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