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Working As A Director Of Network Engineering

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

  • Repetitive

  • $77,810

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Network Engineering 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 Director Of Network Engineering

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
Network Manager 3.9 years
Network Supervisor 3.8 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 6.4%
Manager 5.9%
Top Employers After
Director 6.8%
Consultant 6.8%

Director Of Network Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

89.6%

Female

9.5%

Unknown

0.9%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Asian

11.3%

Hispanic or Latino

8.4%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

57.1%

Dakota

14.3%

German

14.3%

Swedish

14.3%
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Director Of Network Engineering Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.2%

American InterContinental University

9.4%

George Washington University

7.5%

New York University

5.7%

Ohio State University

5.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.7%

Texas A&M University

5.7%

Kansas City Art Institute

5.7%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

New York Institute of Technology - Manhattan Campus

3.8%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

3.8%

Lehman College of the City University of New York

3.8%

Nyack College

3.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.8%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.8%

George Mason University

3.8%

Northwest Missouri State University

1.9%

Washington State University

1.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.8%

Computer Science

16.2%

Business

16.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.8%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Project Management

3.9%

Management Information Systems

3.2%

Information Technology

3.2%

Computer Networking

3.2%

Communication

3.2%

Engineering

2.6%

Telecommunications Management

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Information Systems

2.6%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Graphic Communications

1.3%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%

Economics

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.5%

Masters

24.7%

Other

21.0%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.5%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Director Of Network Engineering Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Network & Cybersecurity ENG & OPS Appnexus Inc. New York, NY Nov 14, 2016 $210,000 -
$250,000
Director, Network Engineering and Operations Appnexus, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $200,000
Director Network Engineering Mezocliq LLC New York, NY Sep 26, 2016 $170,000
Director, Network Engineering Japan Telecom America, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2011 $150,000
Director, Network Engineering Japan Telecom America, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 01, 2011 $150,000
Director, Network Engineering Directv, Inc. El Segundo, CA Mar 13, 2011 $147,290
Director of Fixed Network Engineering Atlantic TELE-Network, Inc. Rincon, GA Sep 14, 2016 $135,000
Director of Fixed Network Engineering Atlantic TELE-Network, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 14, 2016 $135,000
Director of Fixed Network Engineering Atlantic TELE-Network, Inc. Beverly, MA Sep 21, 2016 $135,000
Technical Director Network Engineering Futurewei Technologies, Inc. Plano, TX Jan 09, 2016 $135,000
Director, Network Engineering Foursquare Labs, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 26, 2015 $135,000 -
$150,000
Director, Network Engineering Foursquare Labs, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 16, 2015 $135,000 -
$150,000
Senior Network Engineering Director Megapath Corporation San Jose, CA Jul 20, 2013 $132,357
Assistant Director Network Engineering Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Syracuse, NY Nov 08, 2014 $126,072
Assistant Director Network Engineering Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Secaucus, NJ Oct 28, 2011 $120,000

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Top Skills for A Director Of Network Engineering

NetworkEngineeringInternetIPVoipNetworkDesignNetworkOperationsNetworkImplementationDataCentersNewTechnologiesProjectManagementWindowsNetworkInfrastructureCapacityPlanningWebVPNSLANOCDataNetworkRFPNetworkArchitecture

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Top Director Of Network Engineering Skills

  1. Network Engineering
  2. Internet
  3. IP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed network engineering and network management systems organizations.
  • Resulted in increase in remote access and Internet application availability.
  • Define vision and direction for multiple IT teams.
  • Increased Quality of VOIP product by instituting Quality metric data warehousing initiative.
  • Supervised the regional network design and capacity planning organizations responsible for the integration of all network equipment.

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