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Working As A Firewall 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

  • $91,065

    Average Salary

What Does A Firewall 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 Firewall 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
Network Engineer 3.0 years
WAN Engineer 2.1 years
Firewall Engineer 2.0 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 4.4%
Consultant 2.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.2%

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Firewall Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

88.0%

Female

7.8%

Unknown

4.2%
Ethnicity

White

48.4%

Asian

21.3%

Black or African American

11.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Unknown

7.8%
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Firewall Engineer Education

Schools

Rogers State University

13.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

6.7%

Montclair State University

6.7%

University of Maryland - University College

6.7%

New England College

6.7%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

Strayer University

6.7%

Georgia State University

6.7%

Syracuse University

3.3%

Barton College

3.3%

Oakland University

3.3%

Daytona State College

3.3%

University of Mary Washington

3.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.3%

Fort Lewis College

3.3%

Normandale Community College

3.3%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

3.3%

University of Memphis

3.3%

Platt College (Tulsa)

3.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

15.4%

Electrical Engineering

11.5%

Computer Networking

10.3%

Computer Information Systems

9.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.7%

Business

7.7%

Management

6.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.8%

Information Technology

3.8%

Political Science

2.6%

Management Information Systems

2.6%

Finance

2.6%

Computer Systems Security

2.6%

Theology

2.6%

Physics

2.6%

Information Systems

2.6%

Sociology

2.6%

International Business

1.3%

Information Sciences

1.3%

Management Science

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.5%

Masters

27.5%

Other

13.2%

Associate

5.5%

Diploma

3.3%
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Real Firewall Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Checkpoint Firewall Engineer Teksystems, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 16, 2015 $135,655
Firewall Engineer Skillstorm Commercial Services LLC Plano, TX Apr 04, 2016 $125,220
Senior Firewall Engineer AIG Global Services, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jun 05, 2016 $117,000
Senior Firewall Engineer AIG Global Services, Inc. Fort Worth, TX May 06, 2016 $117,000
Firewall Engineer Skillstorm Commercial Services LLC Plano, TX Nov 14, 2016 $116,872
SR. Firewall Engineer VLS It Consulting, Inc. Collegeville, PA Oct 05, 2010 $108,524
Firewall Engineer Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Plano, TX Apr 20, 2015 $95,000
Network and Firewall Engineer Packet-One LLC Flat Rock, MI Aug 26, 2016 $92,000
Firewall Engineer Cranza Global, Inc. Short Hills, NJ Jul 01, 2014 $90,000 -
$98,000
Firewall Engineer AIG Global Services, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Mar 28, 2012 $87,000
Network and Firewall Engineer Packet-One LLC Flat Rock, MI Aug 26, 2016 $85,000
Network and Firewall Engineer Packet-One LLC Flat Rock, MI Aug 24, 2016 $80,000
Network/Firewall Engineer Hire It People, LLC Washington, DC Jul 01, 2014 $77,219
Firewall Engineer AOL Inc. Dulles Town Center, VA Sep 26, 2016 $73,800
Firewall Engineer Fusion Plus Solutions, Inc. Charlotte, NC Aug 20, 2015 $72,000
Firewall Engineer/Next GEN Data Analyst SIRI Infosolutions Inc. Nashville, TN Aug 23, 2016 $66,000
IT Firewall Engineer I 5 Tech, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 15, 2016 $66,000
Firewall Engineer Xenoninfotek, Inc. Stamford, CT Sep 21, 2016 $66,000

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Top Skills for A Firewall Engineer

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  1. Firewall
  2. Checkpoint
  3. ASA
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  • Design and implement firewall solutions to optimize operations, rapidly respond to failures or degradation of service.
  • Performed firewalls configurations, troubleshooting and installing changes for and CheckPoint and Juniper Firewalls in Production environment.
  • Configure, administer, and document firewall infrastructure, working with Cisco ASA 5500 Series Firewalls.
  • Assisted in project implementation including gathering requirements and planning for conversions, re-certifications, deletions and other major modifications.
  • Provided Network Security support, security engineering and implementation on LAN/WAN for multiple enterprise customers, including second tier technical support.

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