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Working As a Network Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Designer 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 Designer

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 Architect 3.0 years
Network Designer 3.0 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Network Designer
Cashier 6.7%
Internship 4.4%
Engineer 3.3%
Mover 3.3%
Top Careers After Network Designer
Consultant 6.3%
Engineer 4.8%
Designer 3.8%
Internship 3.4%
Technician 3.4%
Principal 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
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$59,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Washington, DC
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Network Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Network Designer in the United States is $89,824 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $59,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $134,000.

Real Network Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Network Designer Fox Group, News America, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 27, 2010 $125,008
Network Designers The Matlen Silver Group Hopewell, NJ Feb 14, 2008 $120,000
Network Designers The Matlen Silver Group Hopewell, NJ Oct 31, 2007 $120,000
Network Designers Alcatel USA, Inc. Plano, TX May 29, 2008 $110,160
Global Network Designer Havas Worldwide, LLC New York, NY Sep 14, 2016 $100,000
Network Designer BT Americas, Inc. Newington, CT Dec 01, 2014 $98,800 -
$148,200
Network Designers Neustar Sterling, VA Oct 11, 2012 $93,000
Senior RAN Network Design and Optimization Nokia Siemens Networks Us LLC Arlington Heights, IL Aug 27, 2013 $85,000
Network Designers Dell USA LP Round Rock, TX Dec 07, 2007 $85,000
Network Designer Alcatel USA, Inc. Plano, TX Jul 24, 2008 $83,000
Network Designer The Jewelry Channel, Inc. Austin, TX Apr 03, 2009 $69,326
Network A/V Designer Fusionstorm San Jose, CA Jan 04, 2010 $65,000
Network Designer Aim Technical Consultants Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2010 $62,610
Network Designer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Santa Ana, CA May 27, 2011 $60,000
Network Designer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Edison, NJ Apr 22, 2010 $50,295
Network Designer Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Edison, NJ Apr 23, 2010 $50,295

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Top Skills for A Network Designer

  1. Network Design
  2. Routers
  3. Fiber Optic
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed network design and implementation planning by developing the design and developed documentation in accordance with established methodology and standards.
  • Provided expertise regarding the proper selection of Cisco routers and peripheral equipment.
  • Worked in all areas of data transport across multiple forms of media to include vast knowledge with fiber optics.
  • Provided frequency and capacity planning - * Prepared SID documents
  • Achieved proficiency in all major network transport protocols, SNA/SDLC, Bisync, TCP/IP, Cisco and Motorola IP routing equipment.

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  3. District of Columbia
  4. Washington
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  6. New Jersey
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Network Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

75.5%

Female

14.6%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

53.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Asian

13.8%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

6.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.0%

Hindi

20.0%

Telugu

10.0%

Vietnamese

10.0%

Russian

10.0%

Sindhi

10.0%

Cheyenne

10.0%
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Network Designer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.7%

Northeastern University

7.8%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.9%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.9%

Island Drafting and Technical Institute

5.9%

California State University - Chico

3.9%

City University of Seattle

3.9%

High Point University

3.9%

Bates Technical College

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

Georgia Southern University

3.9%

University of Pennsylvania

3.9%

Wright State University

3.9%

University of Kentucky

3.9%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.9%

National University

3.9%

Marquette University

3.9%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.9%

Strayer University

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

19.6%

Business

12.5%

Computer Science

8.9%

Information Technology

7.1%

Computer Networking

6.7%

Computer Information Systems

6.3%

Information Systems

4.9%

Computer Engineering

4.9%

Management

4.5%

Drafting And Design

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Finance

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.2%

Mathematics

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Telecommunications Management

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.4%

Masters

24.9%

Other

20.0%

Associate

10.5%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.3%
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