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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

  • $108,590

    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 Career Paths

Lead Network Engineer
Operations Manager Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Solutions Architect Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Manager Network Engineering Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Manager Director, Network Operations Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager President/Chief Executive Officer Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Administrator Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Senior Network Administrator Help Desk Manager
Incident Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Project Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Architect Network Manager Network Administrator
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Engineer 3.0 years
Network Architect 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 1.8%
Manager 1.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.1%
Manager 2.6%

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Lead Network Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

87.7%

Female

9.8%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

55.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

13.0%

Asian

11.8%

Unknown

5.6%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

39.0%

Spanish

19.5%

French

12.2%

Chinese

7.3%

Russian

4.9%

Cheyenne

4.9%

Vietnamese

2.4%

Persian

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%
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Lead Network Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.1%

University of Maryland - University College

13.2%

Strayer University

12.7%

George Washington University

6.6%

George Mason University

6.1%

Capella University

4.7%

Community College of the Air Force

4.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.2%

Oklahoma State University

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.3%

University of South Florida

2.8%

Auburn University

2.8%

University of Texas at Dallas

2.8%

Southern Methodist University

2.8%

Western Governors University

2.8%

Villanova University

2.4%

University of Rhode Island

2.4%

Old Dominion University

2.4%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

2.4%

DePaul University

2.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

14.4%

Business

14.0%

Electrical Engineering

13.3%

Information Technology

9.6%

Computer Information Systems

9.5%

Computer Networking

6.5%

Computer Engineering

3.9%

Information Systems

3.7%

Project Management

3.2%

Management

3.0%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Finance

2.2%

Communication

2.1%

Computer Systems Security

2.0%

Criminal Justice

1.7%

Engineering

1.6%

Education

1.5%

Computer Technical Support

1.4%

General Studies

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.4%

Masters

23.7%

Other

19.3%

Associate

11.0%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.7%
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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

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  1. Infrastructure
  2. Routers
  3. Firewall
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  • MerchantWired utilized Cisco Systems networking equipment for customer (access) and core network infrastructure.
  • Documented of BP Amoco's existing global network environment: Telnet to Routers, document router configuration entries and search neighbors.
  • Managed firewall and security issues, including researching, analyzing and reporting technical information regarding information security issues.
  • Developed, integrated and was Subject Matter Expert on computer/data communications networking and distributed systems solutions for numerous MITRE contracts.
  • Designed firewall modifications and site-to-site VPN connections.

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