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Working As A Network Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $111,890

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Developer Do

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Network architects must have extensive knowledge of an organization’s business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals.

Duties

Computer network architects typically do the following:

  • Create plans and layouts for data communication networks
  • Present plans to management and explain why they are in the organization’s best interest to pursue them
  • Consider information security when designing networks
  • Upgrade hardware, such as routers or adaptors, and software, such as network drivers, as needed to support computer networks
  • Research new networking technologies to determine what would best support their organization in the future

Computer network architects, or network engineers, often work with their organization’s chief technology officer (CTO) to predict where the organization will most need new networks. They spend most of their time planning these new networks. Some computer network architects work with engineers such as computer hardware engineers who help build the network a network architect has designed. Network architects are often experienced staff and have 5 to 10 years of experience working in network administration or with other information technology (IT) systems.

Computer network architects also create models to predict future network needs by analyzing current data traffic and estimating how growth will affect the network. They also keep up to date on new hardware and software technology and test how it can improve network performance. In addition, computer network architects have to keep security in mind and when network vulnerabilities arise, implement security patches or other countermeasures.

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How To Become A Network Developer

Most computer network architects have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field and experience in a related occupation, such as network and computer systems administrators.

Education

Computer network architects usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, engineering, or a related field. Degree programs in a computer-related field give network architects hands-on laboratory work in classes such as network security or database design. These programs prepare network architects to be able to work with the wide array of technologies used in networks.

Employers of network architects sometimes prefer applicants to have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. MBA programs generally require 2 years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Network architects generally need to have at least 5 to 10 years of experience working with information technology (IT) systems. They often have experience as a network and computer system administrator but also may come from other computer-related occupations such as database administrator or computer systems analyst.

Certification

Certification programs are generally offered by product vendors or software firms. Vendor-specific certification verifies a set of skills to ensure network architects are able to work in specific networking environments. Companies may require their network architects to be certified in the products they use.

Advancement

Some network architects advance to become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer network architects have to examine data networks and decide how to best connect the networks based on the needs and resources of the organization.

Detail oriented. Computer network architects create comprehensive plans of the networks they are creating with precise information describing how the network parts will work together.

Interpersonal skills. These workers must be able to work with different types of employees to successfully design and implement computer and information networks.

Leadership skills. Many computer network architects direct teams of engineers who build the networks they have designed, such as computer hardware engineers.

Organizational skills. Computer network architects who work for large firms must coordinate many different types of communication networks and make sure they work well together.

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Network Developer jobs

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Network Developer Career Paths

Network Developer
Program Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Managing Director Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Management Consultant Senior Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Managed Care Director Regional Director Sales/Marketing
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Sales Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Account Executive Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Director, Network Operations Senior Director Vice President
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Managed Care Director Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Contracts Director Operations Director Sales Consultant
Regional Accounts Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Contracts Director Business Developer Business Development Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Director Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Network Manager Systems Administrator Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Director, Network Operations Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer Management Consultant Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Network Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

52.0%

Female

44.4%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

78.1%

Asian

10.3%

Hispanic or Latino

8.4%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.7%

French

14.3%

Portuguese

7.1%

Carrier

7.1%

Mandarin

7.1%

German

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Russian

2.4%

Chinese

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Tatar

2.4%

Greek

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Italian

2.4%
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Network Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.5%

Michigan State University

7.0%

University of Louisville

6.1%

Ohio State University

5.3%

University of Southern California

5.3%

Florida State University

5.3%

New York University

4.4%

Georgia State University

4.4%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.4%

University of Kansas

4.4%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.4%

University of Alabama

3.5%

University of Florida

3.5%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.5%

University of North Florida

3.5%

Capital University

3.5%

Saint Joseph's College, New York

3.5%

Webster University

3.5%

Texas State University

3.5%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.5%
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Majors

Business

31.8%

Health Care Administration

8.7%

Computer Science

8.0%

Marketing

5.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.2%

Management

5.0%

Finance

5.0%

Psychology

4.1%

Communication

3.9%

Nursing

3.0%

Public Health

2.6%

Information Technology

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Education

2.2%

Project Management

1.9%

History

1.7%

Social Work

1.5%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.5%

Law

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.9%

Masters

33.4%

Other

14.4%

Associate

4.8%

Doctorate

3.8%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.3%
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Real Network Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Retail Network Developer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 07, 2015 $150,000 -
$170,000
Senior Network Developer Latitude 36, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Oct 01, 2014 $135,655
Senior Network Developer Latitude 36, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Oct 09, 2014 $129,394
Senior Network Services Developer SONY Network Entertainment International LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 12, 2012 $114,566 -
$125,000
Senior Network Developer Latitude 36, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Oct 13, 2014 $104,350
Ad Network Developer Kayak Software Corporation Cambridge, MA Jul 23, 2015 $100,000
Computer Network Developer Parallel Wireless, Inc. Nashua, NH May 24, 2016 $86,736
Network Monitoring Developer Harvey Nash, Inc. Naperville, IL Jun 09, 2016 $85,943 -
$104,350
Network Monitoring Developer Harvey Nash, Inc. Naperville, IL Jan 09, 2016 $84,983 -
$104,350
Software Network Developer & Architect IBM Corporation Austin, TX Nov 21, 2016 $79,830 -
$99,350
Computer Network Developer Parallel Wireless, Inc. Nashua, NH Oct 01, 2014 $75,000
Software/Network Developer Su International LLC Bloomfield, NJ Mar 14, 2011 $70,645
SR. Network Developer Princeton Information, Ltd Beltsville, MD Apr 05, 2010 $70,013 -
$86,000
Social Network Developer The Real Time Matrix Corporation Berkeley, CA Jul 24, 2009 $70,000
Network Developer Internap Network Services Corporation Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2012 $61,027 -
$91,027
Software/Network Developer Su International LLC New York, NY Mar 15, 2011 $59,626
Software/Network Developer Su International, Inc. New York, NY Mar 28, 2011 $59,626
Network Developer and Administrator Legrin LLC Islandia, NY Sep 13, 2010 $58,227
Network Developer and Administrator Legrin, LLC Islandia, NY Sep 15, 2010 $58,227
Network Developer/Administrator Midlife Crisis Therapies, LLC Nyack, NY Oct 01, 2009 $58,227
Network Developer/Administrator. Midlife Crisis Therapies, LLC Nyack, NY Oct 01, 2009 $58,227

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Top Skills for A Network Developer

NetworkProvidersNetworkDevelopmentHospitalSystemsMedicareAdvantageFinancialAnalysisProceduresHealthPlanMedicaidProviderRelationsComplianceHealthcareProvidersAncillaryProvidersPPODataAnalysisPrimaryCarePhysiciansHMOContractNegotiationsOversightIPALargePhysicianGroups

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Top Network Developer Skills

  1. Network Providers
  2. Network Development
  3. Hospital Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained customer relations with network providers.
  • Participated in strategic planning for network development, network support and provider education.
  • Conducted and arranged presentations to chief executive officers of medical groups and hospital systems.
  • Developed financial and managed care contracting strategies that increased key Medicaid and Medicare Advantage provider networks.
  • Assisted with financial analysis and reimbursement rate proposals, determined network adequacy, recruited new providers to ensure comprehensive health coverage.

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