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Working As A Data 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

  • $103,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Data 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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How To Become A Data Communications Analyst

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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Data Communications Analyst Career Paths

Data Communications Analyst
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Field Service Technician Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Analyst Technical Analyst Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Analyst Technical Analyst Level Senior Technician
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Analyst Operations Manager Center Manager
Manager, Center Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Solutions Architect Network Manager
Director Of Network Services
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Manager Technical Support Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Information Technology Project Manager Program/Project Manager
Custom Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
LAN Analyst 3.5 years
Network Operator 3.1 years
NOC Analyst 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Data Communications Analyst
Consultant 4.8%
Top Careers After Data Communications Analyst
Consultant 4.5%
Manager 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$103,000
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$71,000
Min 10%
$103,000
Median 50%
$103,000
Median 50%
$103,000
Median 50%
$103,000
Median 50%
$103,000
Median 50%
$103,000
Median 50%
$103,000
Median 50%
$148,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Hampshire
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Data Communications Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Data Communications Analyst in the United States is $103,197 per year or $50 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $71,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $148,000.

Real Data Communications Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 09, 2011 $165,000
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Sprint Nextel Corporation Overland Park, KS May 27, 2011 $130,000
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Juniper Networks Sunnyvale, CA Jun 07, 2011 $130,000
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Futurewei Technologies Inc. Plano, TX Mar 13, 2012 $130,000
Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts Cisco Systems, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Mar 01, 2011 $130,000
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Juniper Networks Sunnyvale, CA Aug 12, 2011 $128,750
Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts Juniper Networks Sunnyvale, CA Jul 16, 2012 $127,000
Network Systems & Data Communications Analyst Fusion Solutions, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jan 26, 2012 $124,000
Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 18, 2011 $123,325
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Nokia Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 25, 2011 $123,323
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Juniper Networks (Us), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 16, 2011 $123,323
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Juniper Networks Sunnyvale, CA Jul 19, 2011 $123,323
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Facebook, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 11, 2011 $123,323
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 20, 2011 $123,323 -
$143,000
Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst Cisco Systems, Inc. Parkton, NC May 26, 2011 $94,182 -
$118,200
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Cisco Systems, Inc. Parkton, NC Jun 06, 2011 $94,182 -
$118,200
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts T-Mobile USA, Inc. Simi Valley, CA Oct 26, 2011 $93,912
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts LGR Telecommunications, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 02, 2011 $93,000 -
$97,000
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Galaxy Telesys Inc. Artesia, CA Aug 12, 2011 $92,893
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Adtran, Inc. Huntsville, AL Dec 01, 2011 $92,621
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Nokia Siemens Networks Us, LLC Irving, TX Jun 15, 2011 $92,460
Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company Buffalo, NY Oct 29, 2012 $92,082
Network Systems and Data Communication Analyst Beauty Elements Corp Hialeah, FL Mar 23, 2012 $75,067
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Hughes Network Systems, LLC Germantown, MD Dec 10, 2012 $75,046
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Hughes Network Systems, LLC Germantown, MD Aug 23, 2012 $75,046
Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst Nova Datacom, LLC Chantilly, VA May 16, 2011 $75,000 -
$85,000
Data Communications Analyst HDNY Construction, Inc. Great Neck, NY Oct 05, 2016 $75,000
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Hughes Network Systems, LLC Germantown, MD Jun 12, 2012 $74,982
Network Systems & Data Communications Analyst Namco Bandai Games Santa Clara, CA Jun 17, 2011 $74,445 -
$80,000
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 25, 2013 $74,200 -
$123,700

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Top Skills for A Data Communications Analyst

  1. Hardware Issues
  2. Customer Service
  3. Routers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Support senior staff as required and ensure customer service level agreements and projected milestones are met.
  • Worked with vendors to ensure proper configuration and installation of Cisco 2811 routers for MPLS installations since fall 2008.
  • Prepare and provide quality assurance in the processing of Remedy trouble tickets, network statistics, and daily network health reports.
  • Analyzed and administered technical architecture of Local Area Networks and Wide Area Networks.
  • Configure Motorola 3500 series modems (CSU/DSU's) for all Agency and Claims field offices.

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Data Communications Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

72.8%

Female

18.8%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

13.1%

Asian

8.9%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.9%

Arabic

14.3%

Turkish

14.3%

Carrier

14.3%

French

14.3%
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Data Communications Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.5%

University of Maryland - University College

6.9%

Illinois State University

6.9%

Strayer University

6.9%

George Mason University

6.9%

Colorado Technical University

5.2%

Nova Southeastern University

5.2%

Texas A&M University

5.2%

Syracuse University

3.4%

Western Governors University

3.4%

University of South Florida

3.4%

San Jose State University

3.4%

California State University - Los Angeles

3.4%

New York University

3.4%

LIU Brooklyn

3.4%

Park University

3.4%

Stanford University

3.4%

Upper Iowa University

3.4%

Kansas Wesleyan University

3.4%

Columbia Basin College

3.4%
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Majors

Business

15.9%

Computer Information Systems

15.3%

Computer Science

13.5%

Information Technology

10.0%

Electrical Engineering

7.1%

Computer Networking

5.3%

Management

4.7%

Communication

4.1%

Psychology

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Information Systems

2.4%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Public Health

1.8%

Project Management

1.8%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Computer Systems Security

1.8%

Computer Technical Support

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Military Applied Sciences

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.0%

Other

18.4%

Masters

17.5%

Associate

16.2%

Diploma

4.4%

Certificate

3.5%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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