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Working As A Network Architect

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

  • Repetitive

  • $105,948

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Architect 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 Network Architect

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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Network Architect Career Paths

Network Architect
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Architect Senior Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Director, Network Operations Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Manager Director, Network Operations Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Subject Matter Expert Information Technology Specialist
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager Service Delivery Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Architect 3.0 years
Network Consultant 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.5%
Engineer 2.5%
Architect 2.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.3%
Architect 3.0%

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Network Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

87.9%

Female

9.1%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

56.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Asian

13.0%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

6.7%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

35.7%

Spanish

25.0%

Portuguese

7.1%

French

7.1%

Korean

7.1%

Arabic

7.1%

Chinese

3.6%

Czech

3.6%

German

3.6%
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Network Architect Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.3%

University of Maryland - University College

8.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

7.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

6.1%

Arizona State University

5.1%

Strayer University

5.1%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.1%

George Mason University

5.1%

DePaul University

5.1%

Naval Postgraduate School

4.1%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.1%

Western Governors University

3.1%

Southern Methodist University

3.1%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.1%

Liberty University

3.1%

A-Technical College

3.1%

Western Washington University

3.1%

Community College of the Air Force

3.1%

Colorado Technical University

3.1%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.6%

Electrical Engineering

15.5%

Business

12.3%

Computer Information Systems

8.9%

Information Technology

8.0%

Computer Networking

7.3%

Computer Engineering

4.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Finance

3.6%

Information Systems

3.4%

Economics

2.3%

Management

2.0%

Project Management

2.0%

Telecommunications Management

2.0%

Mathematics

1.4%

Computer Systems Security

1.4%

Engineering

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Biology

1.1%

Computer Applications

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Masters

23.9%

Other

18.1%

Associate

9.1%

Certificate

3.8%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Real Network Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Architect Howard Systems International, Inc. Rye, NY Jul 08, 2015 $198,265
Computer Network Architect Howard Systems International, Inc. Rye, NY Jul 08, 2015 $198,265
Computer Network Architect Howard Systems International, Inc. Rye, NY Oct 15, 2015 $198,265
Principal LTE Network Architect Ruckus Wireless, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 16, 2016 $175,000
Network Architect, Manager Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC McLean, VA Jan 20, 2016 $174,533
Network Architect, Manager Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC McLean, VA May 17, 2016 $174,533
Network Architect Kovarus Inc. San Ramon, CA May 09, 2016 $165,000
Lead Network Architect Groupware Technology, Inc. Campbell, CA Jun 20, 2016 $160,000
Network Architects-IV HCL America, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 04, 2016 $158,454 -
$178,000
Network Architect Randstad Technologies, LP Milpitas, CA Oct 31, 2016 $156,000
Network Architect Calypso Soft Inc. Durham, NC Jul 28, 2016 $155,000
Computer Network Architects (Lead Infrastructure Enablement Engineer) Salesforce.Com Herndon, VA Aug 06, 2016 $150,378
Network Architect Engineer Frontier Communications Corporation Allen, TX Oct 02, 2015 $105,000
Network Modeling Architect Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. Richardson, TX Aug 06, 2015 $105,000
Network Architect/Devops Engineer Clearent LLC Clayton, MO Feb 27, 2015 $104,125 -
$115,000
Network Architect Intermedia Group, Inc. Coppell, TX May 25, 2016 $102,000
Network-On-Chip Architect Netspeed Systems San Jose, CA Apr 18, 2016 $102,000
Computer Network Architect NTT Data, Inc. Plano, TX Jan 08, 2016 $101,982 -
$120,000
Computer Network Architect Itcaps LLC Philadelphia, PA Jun 13, 2016 $86,861 -
$93,915
Computer Network Architects Swifttech Technology Solutions Irvine, CA Sep 06, 2015 $86,000
Computer Network Architect Swifttech Solutions Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 18, 2015 $86,000
Computer Network Architect Swifttech Solutions Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 16, 2015 $86,000
Network Architect Pinnacle Technical Resources Inc. Austin, TX Mar 06, 2016 $85,922
Network Architect IBM India Private Limited Lexington, KY Jun 15, 2015 $85,677
Network Architect Netenrich, Inc. Addison, TX Aug 18, 2016 $85,634 -
$101,982

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Top Skills for A Network Architect

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  1. Infrastructure
  2. Architecture
  3. Firewall
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  • Configured Cisco switches and routers across the enterprise, monitored traffic utilization to accurately plan infrastructure growth needs within the enterprise.
  • Developed network strategy including data center topology, product options, protocol selection and overall architecture to meet trading requirements.
  • Implement and maintain enterprise Internet connection including Cisco 3640 router and Checkpoint firewall configuration.
  • Served as Project Manager for Cisco Works implementation of enterprise-wide operations management for over 500 routers internationally.
  • Advanced understanding of TCP/IP and relevant protocols and excellent understanding of packet level diagnostics and troubleshooting.

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