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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

  • $93,671

    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 Designer 3.0 years
Network Engineer 3.0 years
Network Operator 3.0 years
Network Architect 2.9 years
Network Associate 2.7 years
Network Assistant 1.8 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Teller 6.0%
Internship 4.5%
Mover 4.5%
Cashier 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.2%
Designer 4.1%
Engineer 4.1%
Owner 3.4%
Internship 3.4%
Principal 2.7%
Technician 2.7%
Associate 2.7%

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Network Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.7%

Female

16.1%

Unknown

5.2%
Ethnicity

White

54.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Asian

13.3%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

6.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.0%

Hindi

20.0%

Telugu

10.0%

Carrier

10.0%

Russian

10.0%

Sindhi

10.0%

Cheyenne

10.0%
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Network Designer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

6.8%

California State University - Chico

4.5%

High Point University

4.5%

Bates Technical College

4.5%

Georgia Southern University

4.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.5%

University of Kentucky

4.5%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.5%

Marquette University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

Tarleton State University

4.5%

Pikes Peak Community College

4.5%

Northeast Technical Institute

4.5%

Community College of the Air Force

4.5%

University of Rhode Island

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

St Clair County Community College

4.5%

Portland State University

4.5%

Northern Illinois University

4.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.6%

Business

11.9%

Computer Science

9.4%

Information Technology

6.9%

Computer Information Systems

5.6%

Computer Networking

5.6%

Information Systems

5.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.4%

Management

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Mechanical Engineering

3.1%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Finance

2.5%

Communication

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Mathematics

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Telecommunications Management

1.9%

Environmental Science

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.6%

Masters

27.1%

Other

23.7%

Associate

6.8%

Doctorate

2.4%

Certificate

1.4%
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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
Network Design Advisor Dell Marketing, LP Pleasanton, CA Mar 12, 2012 $107,682
Network Design Senior Advisor Dell USA LP Boston, MA Sep 09, 2013 $105,000
Global Network Designer Havas Worldwide, LLC New York, NY Sep 14, 2016 $100,000
Network Design Senior Advisor Dell Marketing LP Plano, TX Apr 11, 2016 $98,829
Network Design Senior Advisor Dell Marketing LP Round Rock, TX Sep 09, 2016 $98,829
Network Designer BT Americas, Inc. Newington, CT Dec 01, 2014 $98,800 -
$148,200
Network Design Senior Advisor Dell Marketing LP Plano, TX Oct 07, 2013 $96,803
Network Design Senior Advisor Dell Marketing LP Plano, TX Nov 04, 2013 $96,803
Network Design SR. Advisor Dell Marketing L.P. Plano, TX Oct 17, 2016 $95,200
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 Design Advisor Dell Marketing LP Plano, TX Sep 20, 2013 $78,104
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

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Top Skills for A Network Designer

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  1. Routers
  2. LAN
  3. Wan
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  • Provided expertise regarding the proper selection of Cisco routers and peripheral equipment.
  • Upgraded and verified configuration settings and software for the Cisco 4400 Wireless LAN Controller and its associated access points.
  • Designed networks including hands-on implementation, configuration and troubleshooting of the LAN/WAN infrastructure.
  • Performed network design and implementation planning by developing the design and developed documentation in accordance with established methodology and standards.
  • Provided various RF CATV & Fiber designs and drawings for multiple clients throughout the USA, South America and Europe.

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Top 10 Best States for Network Designers

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  3. District of Columbia
  4. New Jersey
  5. Georgia
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  7. North Carolina
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