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Working As A Lan/Wan 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

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lan/Wan 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 Lan/Wan 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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Lan/Wan Engineer Career Paths

Lan/Wan Engineer
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Security & Network Engineer Senior Security Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Security & Network Engineer Lead Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Security & Network Engineer Lead Network Engineer Network Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Security Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Technical Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Network Engineer Network Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Senior Analyst Senior Consultant, Information Technology Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Senior Analyst Information Technology Technical Lead Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Senior Analyst Project Leader Business Systems Senior Analyst
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
LAN Engineer 3.1 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 3.0 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
WAN Engineer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Lan/Wan Engineer
Instructor 4.7%
Engineer 2.5%
Technician 2.5%
Manager 2.5%
Top Careers After Lan/Wan Engineer
Consultant 4.4%
Engineer 3.2%
Manager 2.2%

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Top Skills for A Lan/Wan Engineer

  1. Windows XP
  2. Routers
  3. LAN
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used VM-WARE to install setup and configure Domain Controllers, MS Exchange 2003, and RIS using windows XP.
  • Configured Cisco routers for wan connectivity between corporate site and branch locations.
  • Established and documented standards for network architecture and cable plant management; planned and coordinated network integration.
  • Performed migration of single system to Cluster configuration of several sets of firewalls that were previously Cold standby configuration.
  • Maintained the successful operation of all network infrastructures by effectively troubleshooting and eliminating problems on the network.

Lan/Wan Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.7%

Female

9.4%

Unknown

6.9%
Ethnicity

White

55.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

14.8%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Japanese

20.0%

Italian

13.3%

German

6.7%

French

6.7%

Carrier

6.7%

Arabic

6.7%
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Lan/Wan Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

8.3%

George Mason University

8.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

Strayer University

5.6%

Capella University

5.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.6%

Excelsior College

4.2%

Sam Houston State University

4.2%

New Jersey City University

4.2%

Johns Hopkins University

4.2%

Roosevelt University

4.2%

Colorado Technical University

4.2%

Davenport University

4.2%

Eastern Michigan University

2.8%

University of Connecticut

2.8%

University of Maryland - University College

2.8%

North Carolina State University

2.8%

Central Texas College

2.8%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

12.6%

Electrical Engineering

12.6%

Information Technology

11.3%

Computer Information Systems

10.8%

Business

8.1%

Computer Networking

6.8%

Computer Engineering

5.9%

Information Systems

4.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.1%

Systems Engineering

2.7%

Project Management

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

Management

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

International Business

1.8%

Finance

1.8%

Computer Systems Security

1.8%

Computer Technical Support

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Computer Programming

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Other

21.8%

Masters

19.1%

Associate

10.2%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.3%
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