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Become A Computer Networker

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Working As A Computer Networker

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

  • Repetitive

  • $76,564

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer Networker 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.


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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How To Become A Computer Networker

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.


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 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.


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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Computer Networker Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Arabic

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • Turkish

  • Persian

  • Hebrew

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Real Computer Networker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head of Data Centers & Computer Networking Two Sigma Investments, LLC New York, NY Aug 17, 2015 $235,000
Network and Computer Systems Adminstrators Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Mar 23, 2012 $130,000
Network and Computer Systems Adminstrators Silver Peak Santa Clara, CA Mar 19, 2012 $122,000
Network and Computer Systems Adminstrators Zynga Game Network San Francisco, CA Oct 28, 2011 $110,000
Info SEC Analysts, Web DEV, Comp Network Archit Pricewaterhousecoopers Philadelphia, PA Sep 27, 2012 $105,810
Network and Computer Systems ADM. Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 16, 2011 $100,940 -
Research Engineer, Computer Network China Mobile Technology USA Inc. Milpitas, CA Mar 17, 2014 $100,000
Network and Computer Systems Administators Dyntek Services, Inc. New York, NY Nov 17, 2011 $99,300
Network and Computer Systems Administators Bazaar, Inc. DBA MUBI.Com Palo Alto, CA Aug 31, 2012 $98,500 -
Network & Computer Systems Adminisrator Unify Solutions Inc. Catonsville, MD Apr 25, 2011 $95,000
Research Engineer, Computer Network China Mobile Communications Corporation Milpitas, CA Sep 18, 2013 $95,000 -
Computer Network Arcitects Americloud Solutions, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Sep 14, 2016 $91,915
Network & Computer SYS. Adminstrators) Adept Computer Consultants Inc. Irving, TX May 23, 2012 $90,000
Network & Computer Systems Adminstrator Igate Technologies Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 19, 2014 $75,100
Network and Computer Systems Adminstrators NRIT Software Solutions LLC Boston, MA Dec 01, 2012 $75,000
Network & Computer Systems Admins. The Chamberlain Group, Inc. Tucson, AZ Jul 26, 2011 $74,000
Network and Computer Systems Adminstrator Igate Technologies Inc. Baltimore, MD Aug 20, 2014 $73,800
Network & Computer System Administator Tata Consultancy Services Limited San Diego, CA Jul 30, 2014 $73,200 -
Network and Computer Systems Adminstrators Ida Solutions, Inc. Plano, TX Sep 13, 2016 $73,195
Network & Comp. SYS. ADM. Sanpulse Technologies Jersey City, NJ Aug 31, 2012 $72,800
Network & Comp. SYS. ADM. Sanpulse Technologies Jersey City, NJ Sep 04, 2012 $72,800
Network & Comp. SYS. ADM. Suswee Infotech Corp., D/B/A Compu-Info Edison, NJ Sep 27, 2012 $66,435
Network and Computer Systems Adminisrtator Savin Technologies, Inc. Charlotte, NC Oct 23, 2013 $66,290
Network & Computer Systems Adminstrator Echelon It Inc. Edison, NJ Sep 25, 2016 $66,000
Network and Computer Systems Administator Lifestreet Corporation San Carlos, CA Aug 08, 2014 $66,000 -
Network and Computer System Administrato Americas Communications LLC Phoenix, AZ Sep 01, 2015 $65,670
Network and Computer Adminstrator ATEM Corp Dallas, TX Nov 01, 2014 $65,624
Network and Computer System Administrato Americas Communications LLC Phoenix, AZ Sep 01, 2015 $65,052
Network and Computer Systems Adminstrator Softnet Solutions, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 01, 2013 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Computer Networker


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Top Computer Networker Skills

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Computer Network Operations
  3. Computer Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Integrated security procedures for computer hardware, software and data communications.
  • Mentored multiple analysts in target development, Digital Network Intelligence and Computer Network Operations.
  • Diagnose and repair hardware problems, build computer systems, troubleshoot technical issues, and install software applications.
  • Monitor participation and performance from customer service to technical skills.
  • Managed 7 employees: 3 PC technicians, 2 telecommunication technicians, 2 Server/Network technicians.

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