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Working As A Lead Network 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

  • $97,020

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Network 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 Lead Network 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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Lead Network Engineer jobs

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Lead Network Engineer Career Paths

Lead Network Engineer
Network Manager Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Network Architect Network Manager Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Systems Architect Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Technical Services Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Systems Administrator Network Engineer
Senior Network Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 3.9 years
Network Supervisor 3.8 years
Network Operator 3.3 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Network Designer 3.1 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Network Architect 2.9 years
Network Integrator 2.9 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 2.7 years
Network Associate 2.6 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
WAN Engineer 2.2 years
Firewall Engineer 2.1 years
Network Contractor 1.8 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
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Top Employers After
Consultant 3.1%
Manager 2.4%

Lead Network Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.1%

Female

11.3%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

73.6%

Asian

11.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Unknown

3.3%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

34.0%

Spanish

29.8%

French

6.4%

Cheyenne

6.4%

Portuguese

4.3%

Russian

4.3%

Swedish

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Vietnamese

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Korean

2.1%

Italian

2.1%
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Lead Network Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.2%

University of Maryland - University College

13.6%

Strayer University

12.6%

George Mason University

7.1%

George Washington University

5.1%

American InterContinental University

4.5%

Capella University

4.0%

University of South Florida

3.5%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%

New York University

3.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.0%

Auburn University

3.0%

Southern Methodist University

3.0%

Roosevelt University

3.0%

Liberty University

3.0%

Villanova University

2.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

2.5%

University of Rhode Island

2.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

2.5%

American University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

15.2%

Computer Science

15.0%

Electrical Engineering

13.1%

Computer Information Systems

10.6%

Information Technology

9.4%

Computer Networking

6.5%

Computer Engineering

3.4%

Management

3.2%

Project Management

3.2%

Information Systems

3.2%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Finance

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Computer Technical Support

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Economics

1.5%

Computer Systems Security

1.5%

Education

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.6%

Masters

21.4%

Other

19.7%

Associate

10.6%

Certificate

4.4%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

1.2%
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Real Lead Network Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Network Engineer Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Roseland, NJ Feb 28, 2011 $165,000
Lead Network Engineer Groupware Technology, Inc. Campbell, CA Oct 27, 2014 $160,000
Lead Network Engineer Websense, Inc. San Diego, CA Mar 26, 2012 $134,000
Lead Network Engineer American Chemical Society Washington, DC Sep 26, 2013 $114,147
Lead Network Engineer Realnetworks, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 01, 2014 $113,500
Lead Network Engineer The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 12, 2015 $110,365 -
$175,300
Lead Network Engineer Electronic Arts Inc. Vista, CA Oct 20, 2011 $110,313
Network Engineer Lead AIG Global Services, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jun 05, 2013 $106,500
Leader, Network Engineering Mastercard International Incorporated OFallon, MO Nov 10, 2014 $105,117
Lead Network Engineer American Chemical Society Washington, DC Aug 04, 2014 $105,000
Lead Network Engineer Electronic Arts, Inc. Vista, CA Mar 01, 2011 $105,000
Lead Network Engineer ICAP Services North America LLC Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Jul 24, 2016 $104,229
Lead Network Engineer Home Depot USA, Inc. Atlanta, GA Apr 03, 2010 $100,387
Network Engineer Lead AIG Global Services, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jun 05, 2010 $99,690
Lead Network Engineer/Manager Inovant, LLC Highlands Ranch, CO Dec 29, 2009 $99,150 -
$125,000
Lead Network Engineer Tetra Pak Global Information Management Americas I Denton, TX Oct 01, 2013 $98,568
Lead Network Engineering Manager at&T Services, Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 01, 2010 $96,799
Lead Network Engineer Advantage Technical Resourcing, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 30, 2012 $96,357
Lead Network Engineer Indiana University Bloomington, IN Sep 18, 2009 $92,098
Lead Network Engineer Tetra Pak Global Information Management Americas I Denton, TX Sep 01, 2014 $91,664 -
$137,497
Lead Network Engineer Digicon Corporation Herndon, VA Sep 13, 2010 $91,000
Lead Network Engineer Digicon Corporation. Herndon, VA Sep 13, 2010 $91,000
SR. Network Engineer/Team Lead Virtela Technology Services Incorporated Greenwood Village, CO Sep 13, 2011 $90,000
Network Engineer Leader Computer Sciences Corporation Jersey City, NJ Oct 02, 2010 $89,419 -
$130,200
Network Operation Lead Engineer Tata Consultancy Services Limited Redmond, WA Jun 12, 2014 $85,000
Lead Network Engineer Harris Freeman & Co. Inc. Moorestown, NJ Sep 06, 2010 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Network Engineer

NetworkInfrastructureFirewallsSeriesRoutersVPNHardwareWindowsServerRemoteAccessTcp/IpProceduresCapacityPlanningDisasterRecoveryVoipInternetTroubleshootMplsActiveDirectoryWebBGPWindowsNewTechnologiesOspf

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Top Lead Network Engineer Skills

  1. Network Infrastructure
  2. Firewalls
  3. Series Routers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Updated entire network infrastructure to managed Cisco switches
  • Maintained, managed and configured enterprise appliances, core and remote firewalls, routers and switches.
  • Supported and troubleshoot ATM IMA on Cisco 3600 Series Routers for bundled bandwidth.
  • Created site to site VPN with Branch office.
  • Collaborate with Vendors of multiple tiers to investigate customer complaints, hardware/software issues including upgrades, installation and replacements.

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